City of Gardner, MA
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Gardner 6-20-2011 by Ord. No. 1527. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 675.

§ 564-1 Conditions for use.

[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
Temporary storage units are allowed by right if used for not more than 60 days, subject to the submission of an application and application fee of $25 as set forth herein. All temporary storage units must comply with the guidelines prescribed for in this chapter. This chapter shall not apply to active industrial uses in areas of the City zoned for industrial purposes.

§ 564-2 Definition.

"Temporary storage unit" is defined as a reusable vessel, having interior dimensions of not less than 200 cubic feet, that is designed or used for packing, shipping, storing, moving or transporting freight, articles, goods, personal property, or commodities and is capable of being mounted on or moved by rail car, truck, or trailer. A temporary storage unit shall not consist of any reusable vessel defined above being utilized in connection with an active and valid building permit.

§ 564-3 Location restricted; use in conjunction with building permit.

A. 
Temporary storage units are prohibited from being placed in streets or the front yard of a property. Units must be kept in the driveway or parking area of the property at the furthest accessible point from the street. The applicant shall obtain pre-approval from the Building Commissioner if the property does not have a driveway or parking area. In residential zones, the applicant shall obtain pre-approval from the Building Commissioner if the driveway or parking area is located in the front yard of the property. If a temporary storage unit is being used in connection with a multifamily or commercial property, the placement of the temporary storage unit may not reduce the amount of available parking for such property.
B. 
Upon expiration or the termination of any building permit issued by the City of Gardner, any temporary storage unit on the property must be removed or registered as set forth herein within 14 days of said expiration or termination.

§ 564-4 Number limited.

Only one temporary storage unit may be placed on any property at any time. The Building Commissioner may grant an exemption to the restriction on the number of temporary storage units on any property upon a showing of good cause, submitted in writing, to the Building Commissioner.

§ 564-5 Registration required; fee.

Any temporary storage unit accessory to a residential or commercial use shall be registered with the Building Commissioner by the person that owns, rents or controls the property at which the temporary storage unit will be used.
A. 
The application shall contain the following:
(1) 
The name of the person to whom the unit is supplied.
(2) 
Whether the person owns, rents, occupies or controls the property.
(3) 
The address at which the unit will be placed.
(4) 
The delivery date and removal date.
(5) 
Active building permit number, if the unit will be used for storage of building materials.
(6) 
The Building Commissioner's pre-approval of the location, if applicable.
(7) 
A sketch or photo depicting the location and placement of the temporary storage unit.
B. 
The application shall be accompanied by a fee of $25. The effective date of the registration shall be the date of the Building Commissioner's approval.

§ 564-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
Any person who shall place a temporary storage unit in violation of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of $300 for each offense. Each day that the violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 564-7 Extensions.

[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
The Building Commissioner may grant additional thirty-day periods of time for the use of a temporary storage unit beyond the initial 60 days allowed herein, upon a showing of good cause or extenuating circumstances by the applicant justifying additional time, as well as compliance with this chapter and any other applicable ordinance, rule, regulation, law or restriction. The fee for such an extension shall be $25, and each extension shall be valid for no more than 30 days. Under no circumstances shall more than five extensions be granted in any one calendar year. Any temporary storage unit placed on the property for a period of time in excess of 180 days in a twelve-month period shall be deemed a permanent structure and must comply with all requirements of Chapter 675, Zoning, of this Code and 780 CMR, the Massachusetts State Building Code.