[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Morris 3-3-2010 by Ord. No. 4-10 (Ch. 58A of the 1969 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to promote and enhance the health, fire protection, comfort, aesthetics, prosperity and overall positive quality growth of the Township of Morris by providing uniform regulation of the use of portable storage containers. The purpose is not to ban trailers that are being used to transport snowmobiles, sporting equipment, race cars, farm equipment or other recreational vehicles.
Unless otherwise indicated, the following terms used in this chapter shall be deemed for the purpose of this chapter to have the meanings hereinafter set forth:
No portable storage container shall have dimensions greater than 20 feet in length or eight feet in width or height. Storage capacity shall be no greater than 1,280 cubic feet.
The following shall apply in residential districts:
There shall not be permitted more than one portable storage container on a lot at any given time without the express permission of the Township.
No storage container can obstruct traffic vision when parked on residential property.
All portable storage containers in use on a lot shall be in a condition free from rust, peeling paint and other visible forms of deterioration.
During construction, a portable storage container may be used to store on-site tools and materials to be used. The portable storage container must be removed within 30 days of completion or cessation of construction.
The use of a storage device is permitted for a period of not more than 30 days per dwelling unit for the purpose of moving.
On lots on which the principal use is a bona fide agricultural activity, there shall be no restriction upon the use of portable storage containers in connection with such agricultural activity. On lots where the principal use is other than agricultural, residential requirements will apply.
In business, commercial and manufacturing districts, portable storage containers may be allowed pursuant to an approval granted by the Planning Board of the Township of Morris upon review of a minor site plan.
All portable storage containers in all districts shall be permitted only upon the issuance of a permit as herein provided.
The permits shall be issued by the Zoning Officer and shall be at a cost of $20 per lot on which one or more containers are to be located. Permits shall be displayed on the outside of the container in such manner as to be plainly visible from the street.
The applicant shall submit a survey on which shall be drawn the proposed location of the portable storage container.
Any person, firm, or corporation violating any provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the permit fee and penalties of up to $100 per day for each day on which a violation continues to exist.
Any person, firm, or corporation with a storage container on property as of April 1, 2010, shall come into compliance within 30 days or be subject to the penalties herein provided.