Charles County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by Charles County as indicated in article histories. The County Commissioners of Charles County also sit as the Board of Health, having the authority to enact regulations and ordinances pertaining to the public health and sanitation of the County. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
County Commissioners — See Ch. 27.
Electrical apparatus and wiring — See Ch. 41.
Sewers and drainage systems — See Ch. 122.
Trailers and trailer parks — See Ch. 130.
Trash disposal — See Ch. 133.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 234.
Flood damage control — See Ch. 238.
Gas standards — See Ch. 241.
Grading and sediment control — See Ch. 244.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 274.
Streets, roads and sidewalks — See Ch. 276.
Subdivision regulations — See Ch. 278.
Water and sewers — See Ch. 291.
Zoning regulations — See Ch. 297.
[Adopted by the Board of Health 1-19-1960[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: This bill was adopted as Ch. 299, but was renumbered to fit into the organizational structure of the Code.
Under Article 43, § 48, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the County Board of Health is authorized to make rules and regulations concerning matters pertaining to the public health and sanitation.[1] It may regulate all fees and charges in connection with its own regulations thereafter.
[1]
Editor's Note: See now § 3-202(b) to (d) of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Health-General Article.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTO-TRAILER HOUSE, AUTO-TRAILER, TRAILER or MOBILE HOME
A vehicle towed or drawn or capable of being towed or drawn by an automobile or other means and designed or used for human habitation and for carrying persons and property while traveling from one destination to another.
MOBILE HOME COURT, TRAILER CAMP or TRAILER LOT
Any area or tract of land on which space available for one or more trailers is rented or held out for rent or on which free occupancy or camping is permitted to trailer owners or users for the purpose of securing their trade or for any other purpose.
TEMPORARY MOBILE HOME OR TRAILER PARKING PERMIT
A permit issued to a mobile home or trailer owner or lot owner when occupation necessitates an exception to the general rule as to location of work and proximity thereto, especially those necessitated by governmental agencies in cases of emergency.
A. 
Permit required; applicability of provisions. No mobile home court shall be operated without a permit from the Charles County Health Department. These regulations shall not apply to one trailer or mobile home when the lot owner and trailer or mobile home owner are one and the same person. If the property owner and the mobile home or trailer owner bear one of the direct family relationships listed, a permit shall be granted gratis after an application with proof of such relationship has been filed with the same and it is determined that such location does not conflict with regulations. The relationships which may be considered for such a permit are father, mother and siblings.
B. 
Temporary permits. A temporary permit may be granted for one mobile home or trailer. A temporary permit shall not be granted for more than 90 days.
C. 
Application and contents.
(1) 
Mobile home or trailer park permits. Application for a mobile home or trailer park permit shall be filed with the County Health Department. The application shall be in writing, signed by the applicant, and shall contain the following:
(a) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(b) 
The location and legal description of the trailer or mobile home court.
(c) 
A complete plan of the camp, showing the topography, existing and proposed, with all utility buildings, utility lines, drains, lots, etc.
(d) 
Such further information as may be requested by the Board of Health to enable it to determine if the camp will comply with legal requirements.
(2) 
Temporary permits. Upon the application for a temporary permit, the signature of the property owner and mobile home or trailer owner or occupant shall appear, as well as the necessity requiring such a permit.
Permit fees shall be due and payable on July 1, 1960, and annually thereafter.
A. 
Trailer camps and mobile home courts. The annual permit fee for each trailer camp or mobile home court shall be $250 for the camp, plus $25 for each parking space provided or set aside for the use of trailers or mobile homes.
B. 
Temporary permits. The fee for a temporary permit shall be $25.
A. 
The camp shall be located on a well-drained site and properly graded to ensure rapid drainage and freedom from stagnant pools of water.
B. 
Trailer coach spaces shall be provided consisting of a minimum of 8,000 square feet for each space, which shall be at least 80 feet wide and clearly defined. Trailer coaches shall be so harbored on each space that there shall be at least a clearance of 25 feet between trailer coaches. No trailer coach shall be located closer than 20 feet to any property line bounding the park. The above minimum lot sizes shall not apply to those trailer court lots already in existence as of May 1, 1960. Any additional lots added to an existing trailer court after May 1, 1960, shall be in accordance with the above lot sizes established herein.
C. 
All mobile home or trailer coach spaces shall abut upon a driveway of not less than eight feet in width, which shall have unobstructed access to a public street, alley or highway. All driveways shall be well-marked in the daytime and lighted at night with twenty-five-watt lamps at intervals of 100 feet and located approximately 15 feet from the ground.
D. 
Walkways not less than two feet wide shall be provided from the trailer coach or mobile home spaces to the service buildings. The walkways shall be hard-surfaced, well-marked in the daytime and lighted at night with twenty-five-watt lamps at intervals of 100 feet and located approximately 15 feet from the ground.
E. 
Each camp shall provide service buildings to house toilet facilities, bathing facilities, laundry facilities and other sanitary facilities as hereinafter more particularly prescribed and shall comply in all respects with state and County requirements, or each separate trailer coach space shall be provided with water, sewer and electricity for those coaches having their own facilities.
F. 
An electrical outlet supplying at least 220 volts shall be provided for each trailer coach or mobile home space.
G. 
Every mobile home lot or space shall carry the lot number and the name of its current occupant. Such numbers and letters used shall be not less than two inches in height.
An adequate supply of pure water for drinking and domestic purposes shall be supplied to meet the requirements of the state and County. The water supply shall be obtained from faucets only. No common drinking cups shall be permitted. Cold-water supply faucets shall be located on each mobile home or trailer coach space. An adequate supply of hot water shall be provided at all times in the service buildings for bathing, washing and laundry facilities. Every supply shall have automatic chlorination to ensure its safety.
A. 
Toilet and shower facilities. Every mobile home or trailer court shall have a utility or service building of a permanent nature. For those trailer coaches not having their own toilet facilities, the following facilities shall be provided:
(1) 
Flush toilets, serviced by public sewers, where such are authoritatively determined to be available, or, when not available, by septic tank installations approved by the County Health Officer, shall be provided in separate compartments for each sex, one toilet for each 10 persons or fewer of each sex accommodated. Handwashing facilities and shower facilities shall be provided in the same ratio. Toilets shall be distinctly marked "men" and "women" and their location plainly indicated by directional signs. No other system of sewage disposal will be permitted.
(2) 
Every mobile home or trailer not having its own toilet facilities shall be located in a space not more than 250 feet from the service or utility building.
B. 
Laundry facilities. Laundry facilities shall be provided in the ratio of one double laundry tub or washing machine and ironing board for every 35 trailer or mobile home spaces. An electrical outlet supplying current sufficient to operate an iron shall be located conveniently near the ironing board. Drying spaces shall be provided sufficient to accommodate the laundry of the trailer coach or mobile home occupants. The service building housing the laundry facilities shall be a permanent structure.
One or more metal garbage cans with tight-fitting covers shall be provided and conveniently placed for every mobile home or trailer. All garbage, waste and rubbish of any kind shall either be burned, buried or removed from the premises in such a manner as not to create a nuisance and as may be approved by the health authorities. Incinerators shall be provided for burning combustible rubbish.
Every camp shall be equipped at all times with one fire extinguisher in good working order for every 10 trailer coach spaces, located not farther than 200 feet from each trailer coach space. No open fire shall be permitted at any place which would endanger life or property. No fires shall be left unattended at any time.
A. 
It shall be the duty of the licensee to keep a register containing a record of all trailer coach owners and occupants located within the park. The register shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The name and address of each occupant.
(2) 
The make, model and year of all automobiles and trailer coaches.
(3) 
The license number and owner of each trailer coach and automobile.
(4) 
The state issuing such licenses.
(5) 
The dates of arrival and departure of each trailer coach or mobile home.
B. 
The camp shall keep the register available for inspection at all times by law enforcement officers, public health officials and other officials whose duties necessitate acquisition of the information contained in the register. The register records shall not be destroyed for a period of three years following the date of registration.
The Board of Health may revoke any license to maintain and operate a camp when the licensee has been violating any provision of these regulations. The license may be reissued if the circumstances leading to revocation have been remedied and the camp is being maintained and operated in full compliance with the regulations.
The permit certificate shall be conspicuously posted in the office of or on the premises of the mobile home or trailer coach camp at all times.
Any person convicted of any violation of these regulations shall be fined for such violation in a sum of not less than $10 and not more than $50 and such other penalties as may be provided by law. Each day's violation shall be considered as a separate violation.
[Adopted by the County Commissioners 5-25-1971 by Ord. No. 71-10]
The owner or owners of all mobile homes located in Charles County, Maryland, on or before the effective date of this article, shall, on or before July 1, 1971, and on or before July 1 of each succeeding year thereafter, register said mobile home in the office of the Building Inspector of Charles County, Maryland, on forms prescribed by the Building Inspector of Charles County.
For the purposes of this article, the definition of the term "mobile home" shall be the same as set forth in the Charles County Zoning Ordinance.[1]
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Editor's Note: See Ch. 297, Zoning Regulations.
At the time of the registration of said mobile home, the office of the Charles County Building Inspector shall furnish the owner or owners of said mobile home with a registration tag, which shall be securely attached to said mobile home on or before July 1, 1971, and on or before July 1 of each succeeding year thereafter.
At the time of the registration of said mobile home with the Charles County Building Inspector, the owner or owners thereof shall pay a registration fee of $5, which said fee shall be used to defer the cost of administration of this article.
Any person, firm or corporation who violates any provisions of this article or violates or fails to comply with any order or regulation made hereunder or who interferes in any manner with any person in the performance of his duties required by the terms of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $300 or by imprisonment in the County jail not to exceed 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day such violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.