City of Dover, NH
Strafford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Dover 11-13-2013 by Ord. No. 2013.10.09-013 as Ch. 126 of the 2013 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 2-12-2020 by Ord. No. 2020.01.08-001]
As used in this chapter, the following terms mean:
MANUFACTURED HOME
Any structure, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode is eight body feet or more in width and 40 feet or more in length, or when erected on site, is 320 square feet or more, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to required utilities, which include plumbing, heating and electrical heating systems contained therein. Manufactured housing shall not include presite built housing as defined in RSA 674:31-a.
MANUFACTURED HOME LOT
A parcel of land intended for the placement of a single manufactured home and the exclusive use of its occupants. Said lot shall be located only in a manufactured home park.
MANUFACTURED HOME PARK
A parcel of land containing a minimum of 10 acres under single ownership which has been planned and improved for the placement of manufactured homes for nontransient use and which is designed to accommodate 10 or more manufactured homes.
PERMIT
A written permit issued by the Building Inspector permitting the manufactured home park to operate under this chapter and regulations promulgated in connection therewith.
PERMITTEE
Any person, firm or corporation receiving a permit to construct, operate or maintain a manufactured home park.
PERSON
Includes individuals, corporations, owners, lessees, permittees and agents of each of them.
A. 
A vehicular, portable structure built on a chassis, designed as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreation and vacation having a body width not exceeding eight feet, and its body length does not exceed 32 feet.
B. 
A structure to be mounted on a truck chassis for use as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreation and vacation.
C. 
A portable, temporary dwelling to be used for travel, recreation and vacation, constructed as an integral part of a self-propelled vehicle.
D. 
A canvas, folding structure mounted on wheels and designed for travel, recreation and vacation use.
A. 
All manufactured homes in a manufactured home park shall meet the standards of the current edition of the Manufactured Home Housing Institute (HUD 24 CFR 3280), as revised or amended, a copy of which is on file in the office of the City Clerk.
B. 
No provision of this chapter shall apply to trailers as defined under § 101-1 of this chapter.
Refer to the applicable provisions of Chapter 170, Zoning, for districts permitting manufactured home parks.
A. 
Any person desiring to establish a new manufactured home park shall file a site review application with the Planning Board and shall file a special exception application with the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
B. 
No person shall establish, construct, maintain, operate or alter any manufactured home park in the City of Dover unless such person, firm or corporation shall first obtain a permit for such a use issued annually by the Building Inspector.
C. 
The Building Inspector will, upon written application of any person, issue or renew manufactured home park permits upon compliance with the provisions of this chapter and any other applicable municipal regulations. The initial fee therefor shall be as provided in the City Fee Schedule. The fee for renewal shall be as provided in the City Fee Schedule, payable before the first day of January of the year for which the application is made.
[Amended 2-12-2020 by Ord. No. 2020.01.08-001]
D. 
Initial applications shall be accompanied by proof of ownership of the premises and a set of plans by a registered engineer, drawn to a scale of not more than 100 feet to the inch and showing the following information:
(1) 
The identity of the parcel of land and its boundaries.
(2) 
The area and dimensions of the tract of land, showing ownership of abutting property.
(3) 
The number, location and size of all proposed mobile home lots.
(4) 
The location of any existing buildings and any proposed structures.
(5) 
The location, name and width of roadways and walkways; also, parking areas, play or recreation areas, etc.
(6) 
The location of water, gas, electric, telephone, and sewer lines, storm sewers and inlets, fire hydrants, etc.
Manufactured home parks shall conform to the following minimum requirements:
A. 
Manufactured home parks shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 170, Zoning.
B. 
The area of a manufactured home park shall be a contiguous parcel of land having a minimum area of 10 acres.
C. 
All manufactured home units shall be located at least 100 feet from any park property boundary line abutting a public street and at least 50 feet from all other external park property boundary lines. No manufactured home units serving as rental offices or showrooms shall be located within these setback bounds.
D. 
The manufactured home park site shall have suitable safe access to a public street.
E. 
A manufactured home park shall not exceed a net residential density of four mobile homes per acre.
F. 
Each manufactured home lot shall not be less than 10,000 square feet in area. The manufactured home shall be not less than 20 feet from the front of the lot line, not less than 15 feet from the rear of the lot line and not less than 12 feet from the side lot lines. Each mobile home lot shall contain at least 100 feet of frontage on a road.
G. 
Each manufactured home unit shall be boxed or skirted with suitable material designed for such use.
H. 
No manufactured home shall be within 50 feet of any park service area, general storage areas, clubhouse, active recreation area or similar facility.
I. 
The entire manufactured home park must be properly screened. Such a screen shall consist of plantings not less than three feet in width and six feet in height at the time of occupancy of such park. Individual shrubs or trees shall be planted not more than five feet on center and shall thereafter be maintained by the permittee so as to establish a dense screen year round. At least 50% of the plantings shall consist of evergreens. A solid wall or fence, at least six feet in height, complemented by suitable plantings, may be substituted for such landscape buffer strip. At the discretion of the Planning Board, suitable existing vegetation may substitute for these requirements.
A. 
All streets, stormwater drainage systems and utilities in a manufactured home park shall be constructed in accordance with the standards and criteria established in Chapter 157, Land Subdivision Regulations. Streets in a manufactured home park shall be owned and maintained by the permittee.
B. 
Where appropriate, the Planning Board shall require paved sidewalks not less than five feet in width on at least one side of selected streets within the manufactured home park.
C. 
Paved walkways not less than three feet in width shall connect each manufactured home to a paved sidewalk, to a paved street or to a paved driveway connecting to a paved street.
D. 
Off-street parking in all manufactured home parks shall be furnished at the rate of at least two car spaces for each mobile home. Parking spaces shall be paved and shall be located on the lot they are intended to serve.
E. 
Manufactured home stands or pads shall provide an adequate foundation for the placement of a mobile home. The stand or pad foundation shall be of such construction as to prevent heaving, shifting or settling due to frost action.
A. 
Water supply. The water system shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 157, Land Subdivision Regulations, § 157-42.
B. 
Sewerage. The manufactured home park sewage system shall be connected to the municipal sewage disposal system.
C. 
Electricity. Electric service shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 157, Land Subdivision Regulations, § 157-44.
D. 
Fuel supply and storage.
(1) 
Natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas systems shall meet nationally recognized standards (see NFPA No. 58). Installation of systems shall be subject to inspection and approved by the Fire and Rescue Chief.
(2) 
All fuel oil supply systems shall be constructed and installed underground in each manufactured home lot in accordance with all applicable codes and regulations. Installation of the system shall be subject to inspection and approval of the Fire and Rescue Chief.
E. 
Refuse.
(1) 
The storage, collection and disposal of refuse in the manufactured home park shall be so conducted as to create no health hazards, rodent harborage, insect breeding areas, accident or fire hazards or air pollution. Refuse collection shall be the responsibility of the permittee.
(2) 
All refuse must be stored in waterproof, vermin proof, covered containers, which shall be located not more than 150 feet from any manufactured home lot. Containers shall be provided in sufficient number and capacity to properly store all refuse. All containers must be properly screened from street view.
F. 
Open space and recreation.
(1) 
At least 10% of the overall area of the park shall be devoted to open space.
(2) 
There shall be an active recreation area of at least 10,000 square feet.
(3) 
Active recreation areas shall be provided, furnished and protected from traffic and parking. All such facilities shall be properly maintained.
A. 
A central, screened storage area shall be provided for storage of major items of equipment owned by tenants.
B. 
No manufactured home site shall be converted to another form of housing.
C. 
Manufactured home parks project may be developed in stages if so approved by the Planning Board. However, 1/4 of all potential sites in any stage shall be fully developed before any occupancy of a manufactured home park is permitted.
A. 
The permittee shall be responsible for supervision and maintenance of facilities and equipment in safe and sanitary condition.
B. 
The permittee shall be responsible for proper placement of manufactured homes, stability and installation and hookup of all utilities and skirting.
C. 
The permittee shall fully comply with the provisions of RSA 205-A.
The Building Inspector shall serve a notice of violation and order to any permittee responsible for the erection, construction or operation of a manufactured home park which is in violation of any provisions of this chapter, and such order shall direct the immediate discontinuance of the unlawful action, use or condition and the abatement of the violation. Any permittee who has been served with a notice and ceases any work or other activity shall not leave the manufactured home park or any structure or lot therein in such a condition as to constitute a hazard or menace to the public safety, health, morals or general welfare.
[Amended 2-12-2020 by Ord. No. 2020.01.08-001]
Any permittee who violates any requirement of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine as provided in the City Fine Schedule for each offense. Any such violation may result in suspension or revocation of the mobile home park permit. Each day in which a violation is proved to exist shall constitute a separate offense under this section.
A. 
Appeals concerning the provisions of this chapter or a decision of the Building Inspector shall be heard by the Dover Zoning Board of Adjustment as per RSA 674:33.
B. 
Appeals concerning a decision of the Dover Zoning Board of Adjustment shall be heard by the New Hampshire Superior Court as per RSA 677:4.
C. 
Appeals concerning a decision of the Dover Planning Board shall be heard by the New Hampshire Superior Court as per RSA 677:15.
If any requirement of this chapter is found to be in conflict with a requirement of another effective regulation, code or ordinance, the requirement which establishes the higher standard shall prevail.