[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of North Versailles 11-16-1987 by Ord. No. 857 (Ch. 14, Part 1, of the 1987 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
- The written approval as issued by the Board of Commissioners, authorizing a person to operate and maintain a mobile home or a mobile home park under the provisions of this chapter.
- MOBILE HOME
- A single-family dwelling which is designed after assembly and fabrication, for transportation, on streets and highways on its own running gear, and which may be temporarily or permanently affixed to real estate, used for nontransient residential purposes, and constructed with the same or similar electrical, plumbing, and sanitary facilities as immobile housing.
- MOBILE HOME PARK
- Any plot of ground which is leased or rented, and upon which two or more mobile homes, occupied for dwelling or sleeping purposes, are located.
- MOBILE HOME SPACE
- A plot of ground within a mobile home park, designated for the accommodation of one mobile home and leased or rented for that purpose.
- Any individual, firm, trust, partnership, corporation, company, association, or other legal entity which rents or leases spaces in a mobile home park.
- SERVICE BUILDING
- A structure which contains operational, office, recreational, sanitary, maintenance, or other facilities built for the use of the mobile home park residents or owner.
- SEWER CONNECTION
- All pipes, fittings and appurtenances from the drain outlet of the mobile home to the inlet of the corresponding sewer riser pipe.
- SEWER RISER PIPE
- That portion of the sewer lateral which extends vertically to the ground elevation and terminates at each mobile home space.
- WATER CONNECTION
- All pipes, fittings, and appurtenances from the water riser pipe to the water inlet pipe of the distribution system within the mobile home.
- WATER RISER PIPE
- That portion of the water service pipe which extends vertically to the ground elevation and terminates at a designated point on each mobile home lot.
- WATER SERVICE PIPE
- All pipes, fittings, valves and appurtenances from the water main of the park distribution system to the water outlet of the distribution system within the mobile home.
License required. It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain, construct, alter or extend any mobile home park within the limits of the Township of North Versailles unless he holds a license issued by the Board of Commissioners in the name of such person for the specific maintenance, construction, alteration, or extension proposed. The municipal license shall be conspicuously posted in the office or on the premises of the mobile home park at all times.
Application to Township. The applicant shall also submit an application to the Board of Commissioners using a form furnished by the Board of Commissioners for a license to operate a mobile home park in the Township of North Versailles.
License renewal. The license shall be renewed by the Board of Commissioners upon furnishing of proof by the applicant that his park continues to meet the standards prescribed by this chapter.
Inspection of mobile home parks. A representative of the Board of Commissioners may inspect a mobile home park at reasonable intervals, and at reasonable times, to determine compliance with this chapter.
Compliance of existing mobile home parks.
Mobile home parks in existence at the date of adoption of this chapter may be continued so long as they otherwise remain lawful.
Any existing mobile home park which in the opinion of the Board of Commissioners creates a safety hazard shall be required to comply with this chapter within a reasonable period of time as determined by the Board of Commissioners.
Individual mobile homes.
Individual mobile homes permitted in areas as set forth in Chapter 300, Zoning, of the Code of the Township of North Versailles and not located in a mobile home park shall not be required to obtain a mobile home park license; however, they shall be required to obtain zoning and building permits as prescribed by the Township's ordinances.
Individual mobile homes shall comply with all other applicable municipal ordinances and regulations governing single-family homes.
Inspection; revocation of license. Whenever, upon inspection of any mobile home park, it is determined that conditions or practices exist which are in violation of any provision of this chapter, or of any regulations adopted pursuant thereto, the Board of Commissioners shall give notice in writing in accordance with the provisions of this chapter to the person to whom the license was issued, advising him that unless such conditions or practices are corrected within a reasonable period of time specified in the notice, the license to operate in the Township of North Versailles shall be suspended. At the end of such period, such mobile home park shall be inspected and, if such conditions or practices have not been corrected, the Board of Commissioners shall suspend the license and give notice in writing of such suspension to the person to whom the license is issued.
All fees shall be set by the Board of Commissioners pursuant to resolution.
Application for the mobile home park license shall be filed in triplicate with the Board of Commissioners. The application shall be in writing, signed by the owner and shall include the following:
Name and address of the owner;
Location and legal description of the mobile home park;
Plans and specifications of all buildings, improvements and facilities constructed or to be constructed within the mobile home park; and
Such further information as may be requested by the various municipal agencies to enable them to determine if the proposed park will comply with legal requirements.
General requirements. An adequate supply of water shall be provided for mobile homes, service buildings, and other accessory facilities as required by this chapter. Where a public water supply system of satisfactory quantity, quality and pressure is available, connection shall be made thereto and its supply shall be used exclusively. Where a satisfactory public water supply system is not available, the development of a private water supply system shall be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection or other authorities having jurisdiction over water supply systems.
Fire hydrants. Where a public supply of water is provided, fire hydrants shall be installed as agreed upon by the Board of Commissioners and the agency responsible for supplying water.
Individual water-riser pipes and connections.
Individual water-riser pipes shall be located within the confined area of the mobile home stand at a point where the water connection will approximate a vertical position, thereby insuring the shortest water connection possible and decreasing susceptibility to water pipe freezing.
The water-riser pipe shall have a minimum inside diameter of 3/4 inch and terminate at least four inches above the ground surface. The water outlet shall be provided with a cap when a mobile home does not occupy the lot.
Adequate provisions shall be made to prevent freezing of service lines, valves and riser pipe and to protect risers from heaving and shoving actions of ground during freezing weather. Surface drainage shall be diverted from the location of the riser pipe.
A shutoff water valve below the frost line shall be provided near the water-riser pipe in each mobile home lot. Underground stop-and-waste valves are prohibited unless their types of manufacture and their method of installation are approved by the Board of Commissioners.
General requirements. An adequate and safe sewerage system shall be provided in all parks for conveying and disposing of sewage from mobile homes, service buildings and other accessory facilities.
Individual sewer connections.
Each mobile home stand shall be provided with at least a four-inch-diameter sewer riser pipe. This sewer riser pipe shall be imbedded in poured concrete, minimum twelve-inch diameter and minimum eighteen-inch depth. The rim of the riser pipe shall extend at least 1/2 inch above ground elevation. The sewer riser pipe shall be so located on each stand that the sewer connection to the mobile home drain outlet will approximate a vertical position.
The sewer connection (see § 196-1 for definition) shall have a nominal inside diameter of not less than three inches, and the slope of any portion thereof shall be at least 1/4 inch per foot. All joints shall be watertight.
All materials used for a sewer connection shall be semirigid, corrosive resistant, nonabsorbent and durable. The inner surface shall be smooth.
Provisions shall be made for plugging the sewer riser pipe when a mobile home does not occupy the lot. Surface drainage shall be diverted away from the riser.
General requirements. Every park shall contain an electrical wiring system consisting of wiring, fixtures, equipment and appurtenances which shall be installed and maintained in accordance with the Township ordinances regulating such systems.
Power distribution lines. Main power lines not located underground shall be suspended at least 18 feet above the ground, and shall have a minimum vertical clearance of eight feet above any mobile home, service building or other structure.
The requirements of this section shall apply to service buildings, recreation buildings and other community service facilities when constructed such as management offices, repair shops, storage areas, laundry facilities, and indoor recreation areas.
All structural requirements shall be in accordance with the Township ordinances regulating same.
The storage, collection, and disposal of refuse in the mobile home park shall be so managed as to not create health hazards, rodent harborages, insect-breeding areas, accident or fire hazards or air pollution, and shall be in accordance with the Township ordinances.
Fire protection provisions shall be in accordance with the Township's ordinances.
All piping from outside fuel storage tanks or cylinders to mobile homes shall be copper or other acceptable metallic tubing and shall be permanently installed and securely fastened in place. All fuel storage tanks or cylinders shall be securely fastened in place and shall not be located inside or beneath the mobile home or less than five feet from any mobile home exit.
The person to whom a permit for a mobile home park is issued shall operate the park in compliance with this chapter and shall provide adequate supervision to maintain the park and its facilities and equipment in good repair and in a clean and sanitary condition.
The park management shall supervise the placement of each mobile home on its mobile home stand, which includes securing its stability and installing all utility connections.
The park management shall give the Board of Commissioners or their representative free access to all mobile home lots, service buildings and other community service facilities for the purpose of inspection.
The management shall maintain a register containing the names and addresses of all park occupants. Such register shall be available to any authorized person inspecting the park.
The management shall notify the local Pennsylvania Department of Health immediately of any suspected communicable or contagious disease within the park.
Whenever, upon inspection of any mobile home park, it is determined that conditions or practices exist which are in violation of any provision of this chapter, or of any regulations adopted pursuant thereto, the municipal inspector shall give notice in writing to the person to whom the license was issued, advising them that unless such conditions or practices are corrected within the period of time specified in the notice, the license to operate shall be suspended. At the end of such period, such mobile home park shall be reinspected and, if such conditions or practices have not been corrected, the municipal inspector shall suspend the license and give notice in writing of such suspension to the person to whom the license is issued. An aggrieved party may file an appeal to the Board of Commissioners in accordance with the Local Agency Law.
Editor's Note: See 2 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 551 et seq. and 751 et seq.
[Amended 8-15-1988 by Ord. No. 867]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not more than $1,000, and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.