[HISTORY: Adopted by the Bloomfield Council 4-2-2007 by Ord. No. 07-10. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the policy of the Township of Bloomfield that the parking or placing of portable storage containers, trailers, commercial-type truck bodies, including any truck body commonly used for the haulage of goods and materials, whether or not such truck body, trailer or container remains on wheels (hereinafter collectively referred to as "trailer"), is prohibited in the Township of Bloomfield.
[Amended 2-2-2009 by Ord. No. 09-10]
Temporary trailer permits may be issued by the Office of the Director of Building and Inspections under the following conditions:
Emergency use in residential zones by any Township resident whose regular residence within the Township has been so destroyed/damaged by fire or other catastrophe as to be unsuitable for dwelling purposes, but is being rebuilt or repaired to restore it to habitable condition; provided, however, that no temporary trailer permit shall be issued for this purpose for a period exceeding either the time necessary to restore the damage/destroyed residence or six months, whichever first occurs. If the emergency is not abated within six months, a permit can be obtained as outlined in Subsection B and/or C below as long as the requirements of that subsection are met. Any application for a permit under this section shall be accompanied by a processing fee of $40.
Use in connection with construction, provided that the trailer shall not be used for residential purposes (to live in), and the permit shall be valid for a period not to exceed six months. If construction continues beyond six months, the permit must be renewed for another six-month period. Any application for permit and/or a renewal(s) under this section shall be accompanied by a processing fee of $150. A permit under this section shall only be granted with a valid unexpired construction permit.
For storage in all zones for a period not to exceed 30 calendar days. Any application for a permit under this section shall be accompanied by a processing fee of $40. Said use may be extended for an additional 30 calendar days. Any application for a permit to extend the use for an additional 30 calendar days shall be accompanied by a processing fee of $75. Use of a trailer under this section shall not be permitted beyond 60 calendar days consisting of an original thirty-day permit, and one thirty-day extension.
Each temporary permit shall be for only one trailer, and no more than one temporary permit shall be issued for each parcel of land or business, unless otherwise authorized by the Office of the Director of Building and Inspections. If more than one temporary permit is issued, the appropriate processing fee must be paid for each permit. Each temporary permit shall be valid only for so long as the particular use permits, and upon the expiration thereof, the trailer shall be removed from the premises forthwith.
Any trailer currently existing upon private property upon adoption of this chapter which otherwise violates the provisions of this chapter shall not be considered a violation of the provisions of this chapter until two months following the effective date of this chapter, after which time any such use shall be considered a violation. It is the intention of this section to give all property owners sufficient time to remove any trailer before being in violation of the terms of this chapter.
No advertising signs or other advertising devices shall be permitted on the trailers being used. Except that this section shall not apply to the name, phone number, and address of company that owns the trailer.
The storage of all flammables is prohibited unless approved in writing by the Fire Chief.
Every trailer for which a temporary permit has been issued shall, at all times, be subject to examination and inspection within reasonable hours by any Township official, officer or agent in the course of his/her duties.
No permit issued pursuant to this chapter shall be transferable to any other person or entity.
Temporary permits requested or issued pursuant to this chapter may be denied or suspended for failure to comply with this chapter or other applicable ordinances of the Township of Bloomfield or any other pertinent state or county law or regulation. The Township of Bloomfield shall not refund the application fee to the person whose temporary permit has been suspended. If a permit has been denied, the application fee shall be refunded.
[Amended 5-5-2008 by Ord. No. 08-18]
Any person or owner who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties provided in § 1-15 of this Code. Each day that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense and be punishable by such fine or imprisonment, or both.