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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of East Greenwich as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, Art. III.
Animals — See Ch. 23.
Building construction — See Ch. 38.
Fees — See Ch. 93, Art. I.
Construction in flood hazard areas — See Ch. 113.
Solid waste management — See Ch. 212.
Zoning — See Ch. 260.
STATE LAW REFERENCES
Licensing of trailer coach parks — See Public Laws of 1954, Ch. 3330.
Licensing of recreational facilities — See R.I.G.L. § 23-21-1 et seq.
Recreational Vehicle Parks and Campgrounds Act — See R.I.G.L. § 32-7-1 et seq.
[Adopted 6-22-1993 by Ord. No. 595 as Secs. 22-1 to 22-8 of the 1993 Code]
Unless the context otherwise requires, the following words and terms in this article are used in the sense given them in the following definitions:
TRAILER
Any portable structure, mobile home, so-called, or vehicle designed to be drawn by vehicles, or self-propelled and occupied as a dwelling or used for sleeping purposes. Notwithstanding the removal of wheels from, or any other alteration of, any such structure, mobile home or vehicle, or the installation thereof on a foundation, such structure, mobile home or vehicle shall remain a trailer for all purposes hereof.
TRAILER PARK
Any parcel of land upon which two or more trailers, occupied for dwelling or sleeping purposes, are located under Article II of this chapter, whether or not a charge is made therefor.
No person shall locate any trailer either for storage or for use as living quarters on any land in the Town, except in a trailer or automobile tourist park, without first obtaining the written permission of the owner of the land and a parking license from the Town Council.
A parking license required by this article will be issued by the Town Council, subject to the following terms and conditions:
A. 
Where an owner of such a trailer desires to use his trailer for storage purposes, such a license may be issued for a period not to exceed one year. The license may be renewed, provided that there has been no violation of state law or any ordinance of the Town.
B. 
Where an owner of such a trailer desires to use the trailer for occupancy or living quarters, such a license will be issued for a period not to exceed 90 days for the following reasons:
(1) 
Where the owner desires to use the trailer as temporary living quarters while building a home in the Town for his personal use; or
(2) 
To a resident of the Town where his living quarters have become uninhabitable as a result of fire, flood, windstorm or some other disaster.
The Town Council shall establish fees for licensing the parking of such trailers.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 93, Fees, Art. I.
No parking license will be issued for a trailer to be used for occupancy or living quarters until the sanitary facilities and conveniences have been approved by the Department of Health of the state, and the license shall be immediately revoked upon the occupants failing to maintain sanitary facilities satisfactory to the State Department of Health or upon refusing the Department of Health of the state an opportunity for inspection.
No trailer used for occupancy or living quarters shall be located within 15 feet of a house or other building located on land or premises, nor within 10 feet of any property line, nor within 50 feet of a street.
No more than one trailer shall be permitted on any one lot, as defined by the zoning laws of the Town.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 260, Zoning.
Every person violating the provisions of this article shall be fined not more than $100, and each day's continuance of a violation shall constitute a separate offense.
[Adopted 6-22-1993 by Ord. No. 595 as Secs. 22-31 to 22-63 of the 1993 Code]
As used in this article, the following terms shall be defined as follows:
EXISTING PARK
A trailer park in existence on June 24, 1954.[1]
NATURAL OR ARTIFICIAL BARRIER
Any river, pond, lake, canal, railroad, levee, embankment, fence or hedge.
PARK
Trailer coach park.
TRAILER COACH OR MOBILE HOME
Any portable structure or vehicle designed to be drawn by automobiles or other vehicles and occupied as a dwelling or used for sleeping purposes by one or more persons. Also included in this definition is any automobile, truck, bus or other vehicle designed, built, altered or adapted to be occupied as a dwelling or used for sleeping purposes by one or more persons.
TRAILER COACH PARK
Any plot of ground or parcel of land upon which two or more trailer coaches, occupied for dwelling or sleeping purposes, are located, regardless of whether or not a charge is made for such accommodation.
TRAILER COACH SPACE or TRAILER PARKING SITE or TRAILER PARKING LOT
A parcel or plat of land within a trailer coach park occupied or designed to be occupied by one trailer coach.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. IV).
All complaints pursuant to this article shall be brought and prosecuted by the Building Inspector and the Chief of Police.
It shall be unlawful to operate a trailer park without first obtaining a license from the Town Council.
All applications for a license to operate trailer parks shall be made to the Town Council in writing on blanks provided for this purpose and shall contain the applicant's name, date, legal address, the maximum number of trailer coach spaces in the park, the maximum number of trailer coach spaces to be operated and all other information requested by the Town Council.
A complete up-to-date plan of the entire trailer park layout shall accompany any application for a license to operate a trailer park. The plan shall be used by the Town Council to determine the number of trailer coaches for which the applicant may be licensed. The license required by this article to operate a trailer coach park shall state the maximum number of trailer coach spaces to be operated in the park.
After receiving an application for a license to operate a trailer park, the Town Council shall order the Building Inspector to inspect the trailer park and report his findings and advice to it before the license required by this article is granted.
All violations of this or any other applicable codes or laws must be corrected before a trailer park license required by this article or a renewal is granted.
The Building Inspector shall submit records of all warnings issued by him to the operator and records of all violations of this or any other applicable law and their correction or disposition to the Town Council before the trailer park license required by this article may be granted.
The trailer park license required by this article shall be good for one year from January 1 of each year at 12:01 a.m. and shall expire at 12:00 midnight on December 31 of the same year.
The fee for a license to operate a trailer park shall be set from time to time and may be found in the comprehensive fee schedule in Chapter 93, Fees, whether occupied or not. The fee shall be due and payable upon the granting of the license to operate, payable in advance for one year. This fee is payable whether the trailer park is occupied or not.
The license certificate shall be conspicuously posted in the office or on the premises of the trailer coach park at all times.
It shall be unlawful to construct, change, alter or add to any existing trailer park without first obtaining a construction or alteration permit from the Town Council.
A. 
A proposed complete trailer coach park plan, showing streets, lots, boundaries, location of utility buildings, electric power or light poles, recreational areas, walkways, office, stores, service stations, and all other buildings connected with the operation of a trailer park, shall accompany any application to locate and construct, change, alter or add to any existing trailer park.
B. 
Applications for the construction or alteration permit required by this article shall be submitted to and granted by the Town Council.
C. 
The proposed plans required by this article shall be inspected by and receive the approval of the Town Engineer and Building Inspector before a permit shall be granted.
D. 
The proposed plans shall comply with all provisions of this chapter and all other applicable laws and shall be filed and kept in the office of the Building Inspector.
E. 
The Town Council may require any further information it may deem necessary to enable it to arrive at a decision to grant or not grant the permit.
A. 
All trailer park operators shall keep a record containing the following: The name of the legal owner of the trailer coach and the lessee's name, if any; names of all occupants; number of school-age children; trailer coach license number, make, size, year and model of same; dates of arrival and departure and the number of the trailer coach lot where the trailer coach is berthed; registration number of any and all motor vehicles in possession of the trailer coach owner and occupants. Entries are to be made the day a trailer coach is berthed in the park. The record must be signed by the owner or lessee of the trailer park.
B. 
The records shall be open for inspection by all proper authorities.
The park shall be located on a well-drained site, properly graded to ensure rapid drainage and freedom from stagnant pools of water.
An area for recreational purposes, within or adjoining the boundaries of a trailer coach park, shall be provided by the operator and shall be equal to at least 5% of the total land area contained in the park. The shape of such area shall be that usual for such purposes. The condition of this area and the equipment thereof shall be maintained in good repair and in a safe condition at all times by the operator.
Individual trailer coach parking lots shall consist of a minimum of 1,500 square feet and be at least 30 feet wide and 50 feet long, clearly defined and permanently numbered.
Trailer coaches shall be harbored on each lot so that there will be at least a ten-foot clearance between all trailer coaches.
A. 
All trailer coach spaces shall abut upon a street of not less than 20 feet in width, which shall have unobstructed access to a public street or highway.
B. 
All streets and parking spaces shall be constructed of not less than six inches of compacted gravel and shall be oiled or treated in such a manner as to make them dustless.
C. 
All streets shall be well marked in the daytime and well lighted at night.
D. 
All streets shall be maintained in good repair at all times.
Parking of all vehicles shall be off-street parking, unless the streets are of sufficient width to provide for curb parking with a lane at least 12 feet in width between the parked vehicles.
Each trailer coach parking lot shall have an all-weather, hard-surfaced or wooden walk extending from the street a distance sufficient to permit access to all doors on one side of any trailer coach parked on that lot, and the walk shall have a minimum width of 24 inches.
A. 
An electrical outlet supplying at least 110 AC volts and individually fused shall be provided for each trailer space and shall be located at least six feet above the ground.
B. 
Service wires from individual outlets to each trailer coach shall be elevated at least eight feet above the ground along their entire distance except where service wires leave the outlet at the meter box and where they enter the trailer coaches, unless the service is by conduit or underground cable.
C. 
All electrical wiring, apparatus or appliances for furnishing light, heat or power shall be in strict conformity with approved methods and practices for safety to life and property. Compliance with the National Electrical Code, as published by the National Board of Fire Underwriters, shall be prima facie evidence of approved methods. Inspection of wiring, apparatus or appliances shall be made by the Electrical Inspector of the Town.
A. 
Each trailer lot shall have an individual underground water supply controlled by an underground nonfreezing shutoff.
B. 
The quality of the water supply, if from other than a public supply, shall be subject to state inspection and approval.
C. 
An adequate supply of hot water and cold running water shall be provided at all times in the utility buildings for bathing, washing and laundry purposes.
Every trailer coach park shall be equipped at all times with one fire extinguisher kept in good working order and which is approved by the Fire Department of the Town, for every 10 trailer coach spaces and located not farther than 200 feet from each trailer coach lot. No open fires shall be permitted except as provided in Chapter 47, Burning, Open, of the Code of the Town of East Greenwich. No fires shall be left unattended at any time.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. IV).
A. 
Unless connected with community sewers, each trailer coach lot shall have a cesspool or a septic tank conforming with the regulations of the State Health Department.
B. 
Cesspool or septic tanks for all buildings connected with the operation of the park shall be of sufficient size and construction so that no seepage from such cesspools or septic tanks shall ever appear above or on the ground around the cesspools or septic tanks, and they shall comply with the local Building Code.
C. 
Each individual trailer coach lot cesspool, septic tank or sewer shall be provided with an entrance to it, constructed in accordance with the local Building Code.
D. 
All connections between the trailer coach and the cesspool shall be properly vented and shall be made by or under the direction of the operator of the trailer park.
A. 
Tightly covered metal garbage and rubbish containers shall be provided in quantities adequate to permit the depositing of all garbage and rubbish. Such receptacles shall be kept in a sanitary condition at all times.
B. 
Garbage and rubbish shall be collected and removed from the premises as frequently as may be necessary to ensure that they do not overflow, give off offensive odors or become a menace to the health of the community or park.
A. 
Each trailer park shall provide suitably equipped service buildings; the buildings shall be permanent structures complying with all applicable laws regulating buildings, electrical installation, plumbing, heating and sanitation systems. The buildings shall be well lighted at all times and well ventilated. The buildings shall be constructed of such moistureproof material, including painted woodwork, as shall permit repeated cleaning and washing. The buildings shall be properly heated at all times. The floors of all service buildings shall be of impervious material and shall slope to a floor drain connected with the sewer system or cesspool. Toilet, shower and lavatory facilities for men and women shall be either in separate buildings or shall be separated, if they are in the same building, by a soundproof wall. All toilets and showers shall be in separate compartments.
B. 
Toilet facilities for men shall consist of not less than one flushable toilet and one flushable urinal, one hot and cold water shower, and one hot and cold water lavatory.
C. 
Toilet facilities for women shall consist of not less than one flushable toilet, one hot and cold water shower, and one hot and cold water lavatory.
D. 
Laundry facilities shall consist of not less than one double laundry tub with hot and cold water connections, a wringer attachment or automatic laundry facilities sufficient to meet the needs of the park. Drying spaces shall be provided sufficient to accommodate the laundry of the trailer park occupants.
A. 
No owner or person in charge of any dog or cat shall permit it to run at large or commit any nuisance within the limits of any trailer coach park.
B. 
No chickens, cows, goats, horses, ponies or other animals, except dogs and cats, shall be housed or maintained within the premises of the park.
The premises and buildings of all trailer coach parks shall be maintained in a neat, clean, orderly, safe, well-repaired condition and kept free of any condition that will menace the health or safety of any occupant or the public or constitute a nuisance.
Trailer coach parks shall be governed by a complete set of rules and regulations drawn up and enforced by the operator. Copies of these rules are to be posted conspicuously in all buildings of the trailer coach park and a copy thereof given to each trailer coach owner.
Upon application to the Town Council, the operator of a trailer coach park may be vested with the powers of a town constable.
A. 
It shall be the duty of the Building Inspector to inspect each trailer coach park at least once during each year and at any other time as ordered by the Town Council. He shall inspect the register records and see that they are in proper order; he shall inspect all buildings, as well as the grounds, of each trailer park. He shall order any and all violations of this article to be corrected within a time limit set by him. If correction of a violation is not made within the time limit, the Building Inspector shall notify the Town Council to that effect, which shall order the trailer coach park operator before it for a hearing on action to cancel the operator's license to operate a trailer coach park.
B. 
After hearing thereon, the Town Council may revoke any license to operate a trailer coach park for any violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, irrespective of whether or not the licensee shall have been found guilty of such violation in any prosecution in the District Court.
C. 
A trailer park license required by this article may also be revoked for the following reasons:
(1) 
Selling or permitting to be sold on the premises any intoxicating liquor, wine or beer.
(2) 
Permitting prostitution or any offense against the morals of the community on the premises.
(3) 
Committing or maintaining a nuisance.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be fined not less than $2 nor more than $20 for each violation, and each day a violation shall be permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.