Town of Kingston, NY
Ulster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Kingston as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 149.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 350.
Zoning — See Ch. 425.
[Adopted 3-2-1970][1]
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Editor's Note: This article was amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I) to delete or change instances of "trailer" and "trailer park" to "mobile home" or "mobile home parks," respectively.
The regulations set forth herein are made to insure the development of suitable plans for mobile home courts, including provisions for sewage disposal, water supply, garbage removal, registration of occupants, inspection of facilities and other actions deemed necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the Town of Kingston.
Certain words and terms used in this article are defined for the purposes thereof as follows:
MOBILE HOME
A portable structure for which the State of New York Department of Motor Vehicles will issue a license to move on any public way, with or without its own motive power, equipped for or used for living purposes or camping, and mounted on wheels or designed to be mounted and transported on a flatbed trailer or light truck.
MOBILE HOME PARK
Any lot on which two or more mobile homes are located, regardless of whether or not a charge is made for such accommodations.
No person, partnership, association or corporation shall operate a mobile home park unless a permit has been obtained as provided herein.
A. 
The Town Clerk of the Town of Kingston shall issue a permit effective from the day of issuance for the period of one year; at the end of which time it must be renewed for each successive year.
B. 
This permit will not be issued until the Town Clerk has received the following:
(1) 
A written application from the applicant.
(2) 
The required fee as herein provided.
(3) 
Written approval of the Ulster County Department of Health or the New York State Department of Health District Office of the sanitation facilities provided.
(4) 
Submission of detailed plans specifying:
(a) 
Lot sizes.
(b) 
Drainage fields for sewage.
(c) 
Roadways.
(d) 
Distances from park boundaries of each mobile home.
(5) 
A resolution of the Town Board approving issuance of the permit.
C. 
This permit shall not be transferable or assignable.
D. 
Each renewal of the permit shall be passed upon by a resolution of the Town Board.
E. 
Written application for renewal must be submitted not less than one month prior to the expiration of the current permit, and must be accompanied by the fee as provided for renewals.
F. 
Any proposed changes or additions to the original plans must be submitted to the Town Clerk when application is made for renewal.
At the time of issuance of the permit, the applicant shall pay the Town Clerk a fee equal to the sum of $25 plus $5 for each of the lots authorized by the permit. Minimum fee shall be $35. At the time of each renewal, the applicant shall pay the Town Clerk an annual fee of $10 for each lot authorized by the permit. If an application is disapproved, the applicant shall have the right to appear before the Town Board for a hearing.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The owner or operator of a mobile home park shall be responsible to provide for:
A. 
Collection of garbage and other waste material.
B. 
To provide for cleaning, painting, repairing, and disinfecting of all buildings.
C. 
To prohibit the placing or storage of unsightly material or vehicles of any kind.
D. 
To take such other measures as shall be deemed necessary by the Town Board to preserve the health, comfort and safety of all the persons accommodated in the mobile home park and of the general public.
E. 
Removal of snow from all roadways contained within the mobile home park.
F. 
To keep a current record of the occupants of the park.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
Site. The park shall be located on a well-drained site which is properly graded to insure rapid drainage.
B. 
Park size. The park shall be at least five acres in size.
C. 
Lot size. Each lot for a single mobile home shall not be less than one acre in area.
D. 
Park layout.
(1) 
All portions of the park must be readily accessible by road. These roads shall be 16 feet minimum in width and of sufficient strength to accommodate the passage of occasional large trucks, such as fire engines. Any dead-ended roads must have a turnaround provided of 50 feet in radius, minimum.
(2) 
No mobile home may be closer than 50 feet to any other mobile home or to the boundaries of the park.
(3) 
Where the boundaries of the mobile home park are within 500 feet of a permanent dwelling other than that of the owner or operator of the park, a screen of deciduous and/or evergreen trees of not less than 10 feet in height must be provided, unless the express written permission of each home owner affected is obtained and submitted to the Town Board prior to the start of construction.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
Enforcement. Any person, firm or corporation who violates, disobeys, neglects or refuses to comply with any of the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $100 or imprisonment of not more than six months for each offense.
B. 
Term of violation. Each month a violation is continued after the initial notification of violation shall be deemed a separate offense.
The mobile home parks in existence prior to the enactment of this article are exempted from the provisions contained herein. However, any changes to them must have the permission of the Town Board, and any addition will be considered to be a new mobile home park and such be regulated by this article. The term "in existence" shall be deemed to mean in active operation, not in planning or preparation for operation.
[Adopted 6-2-1980 by L.L. No. 1-1980][1]
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Editor's Note: This article was amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I) to delete or change instances of "trailer" and "trailer park" to "mobile home" or "mobile home parks," respectively; however, instances of "travel trailer" are retained.
This article shall be known as the "Local Law for the Regulation of Mobile Homes and/or Trailers, and Travel Trailers."
The purpose of this article is to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community, including the protection and preservation of the property of the Town of Kingston and of its inhabitants by establishing specific requirements and regulations governing the occupancy and maintenance of mobile homes and travel trailers.
For the purposes of this article, the following words, terms and phrases all have the meaning ascribed to them in this section.
MOBILE HOME
A mobile home is any portable vehicle which is designed to be transported on its wheels or those of another vehicle; which is used, designed to be used or capable of being used as a detached single-family residence, and which is intended to be occupied as permanent living quarters and may contain sleeping accommodations, a flush toilet, a tub or shower, kitchen facilities and plumbing and electrical connections for attachment to outside systems.
TRAVEL TRAILER
A trailer (travel) is any portable vehicle which is to be transported on its own wheels; which is designed and intended to be used for temporary living quarters for travel, recreation or vacation purposes; and which may or may not include one or all of the accommodations and facilities included in a mobile home.
A. 
Any mobile home parked or placed outside a duly licensed mobile home park shall have an adequate supply of pure water for drinking and domestic purposes and a sewage disposal system. Both systems shall satisfy the requirements of the Ulster County Department of Health.
B. 
An occupied mobile home outside a duly licensed mobile home park shall be parked or placed:
(1) 
On a lot of not less than one acre in size.
(2) 
A distance of at least 50 feet from the nearest right-of-way line of any public highway or street.
(3) 
A distance of at least 50 feet from an adjacent property line.
C. 
Not more than one occupied mobile home shall be placed or parked on any parcel of land which is located outside a licensed mobile home park.
D. 
Every mobile home located outside a licensed mobile home park shall have a trailer skirt or suitable substitute to screen the undercarriage of the mobile home.
A mobile home which is lawfully in existence prior to the enactment of this article but not located in a mobile home park may be continued to be used as living quarters by its occupants provided it meets all the requirements of § 254-13A.
The Code Enforcement Officer of the Town of Kingston shall enforce all of the provisions of this article. Such Code Enforcement Officer shall have the right, at all times, to enter and inspect any premises used for the parking or placement of a mobile home, outside a duly licensed mobile home park.
Any person, partnership, association or corporation who violates any provision of this article shall be guilty of a violation and subject to a fine of not less than $25 or more than $100 or to imprisonment for a period of not more than 30 days, or both fine and imprisonment. When a violation of any of the provisions of this article is continuous, each week or portion thereof shall constitute a separate and distinct violation.
None of the provisions of this article shall be applicable to the following:
A. 
The business of mobile home or travel trailer sales, except that where units are used as living quarters, they shall conform with the provision of this article.
B. 
The storage or garaging of mobile homes or travel trailers not being used for living or sleeping purposes within a building or structure or to the storage of one unoccupied mobile home or travel trailer on premises occupied as the principal residence by the owner of such mobile home or travel trailer; provided, however, that such unoccupied mobile home or travel trailer shall not be parked or located between the street line and the front building line of such premises. This requirement may be waived by order of the Town Board due to extenuating circumstances.
C. 
A mobile home or travel trailer located on the site of a construction project, survey project or other similar work project and which is used solely as a field office or work or tool house in connection with such project, provided that such mobile home or travel trailer is removed from such site within 30 days after the completion of such project.
D. 
A sectional house which is prefabricated in sections, transported to the building site, then fastened together and placed on a permanent and totally enclosed masonry foundation and which has a minimum width of 18 feet for its entire length and contains a minimum of 720 square feet of usable living space.