Borough of West Cape May, NJ
Cape May County
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[Ord. No. 6-69 § I; Ord. No. 556-2018]
The following definitions shall apply, unless a different meaning is required from the context of this section:
a. 
TRAILER - Shall include any device or unit commonly known as trailer, house trailer, trailer coach, mobile home, camp car, or similar unit, used or capable of being used for living, sleeping, or business purposes, by one or more persons, and equipped with, or capable of being equipped with, wheels or similar devices used for transporting the unit from place to place, whether the unit be self-propelled or otherwise; the word trailer shall also include any unit which at any time heretofore was manufactured or designed for any of the purposes, or intended to be used for any of the purposes. This definition shall also include any device or unit commonly known as a trailer, and used for storage of tools, equipment, or other property.
b. 
TRAILER CAMP - Means any park, trailer park, trailer court, court, camp, site, lot, parcel, or tract of land designed, maintained or intended for the purpose of supplying any location or accommodations for any trailer or trailers or upon which any trailer or trailers are parked, and shall include all buildings used or intended for use as part of the equipment thereof whether a charge is made for the use of the trailer camp and its facilities or not. Trailer camp shall not include automobile or trailer sales lots on which unoccupied trailers are parked for purposes of inspection and sale.
c. 
PERSON - Means and shall include persons, partnerships, firm, company, corporation, tenant, owner, lessee, or licensee, their agents, heirs or assigns.
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Editor's Note: Refer to Chapter 27, Zoning, subsection 27-27.10, for Zoning requirements for mobile home sites.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § II; Ord. No. 7-69 § 1; Ord. No. 503-15; Ord. No. 556-2018]
a. 
It shall be unlawful, within the limits of the Borough, for any person to park any trailer on any street, alley, or highway, or other public place, or on any tract of land owned by any person occupied or unoccupied, within the Borough, except as provided in this section.
b. 
Emergency or temporary stopping or parking of a trailer is permitted on any street, alley, or highway for not longer than one hour, subject to any other and further prohibitions, regulations, or limitations imposed by the traffic and parking regulations or ordinances for that street, alley, or highway.
c. 
No person shall park or occupy any trailer on privately owned premises, other than an approved trailer camp, whether or not there is a dwelling or other structure on the premises. The parking of one unoccupied trailer in a rear yard or side yard for a period of time not to exceed 48 hours shall be permitted, provided that no utility services of any kind shall be connected to the trailer, nor shall any person sleep in, eat in, or otherwise occupy the trailer during the period of time.
d. 
Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent the continued occupancy of any trailer located outside an approved trailer camp if the trailer was so located and occupied on or before May 17, 1969; any trailer so located and so occupied shall be subject to all reasonable health and safety requirements in existence on May 17, 1969, or adopted thereafter.
e. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, including the per-son owning or operating any trailer, to remove, or cause to be removed, or permit to be removed, the wheels or any other transportation apparatus from the trailer, or to otherwise permanently fix it to the ground, in a manner that would prevent ready removal of the trailer.
f. 
By way of exception to the within limitations, any person may store an unoccupied trailer, camping trailer, camper or camper body (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Stored Vehicle") upon privately owned premises in this Borough, upon the following conditions:
1. 
Application for a license to permit such storage shall be made to the Zoning Officer, and no such storage shall be commenced before a license is obtained.
2. 
The applicant shall certify, in his application, that there will be no occupancy whatever of the Stored Vehicle, whether for residential, recreational, business or other uses, and there shall be no such occupancy during the period of storage.
3. 
The applicant shall further certify, in his application, that there will be no gas, electric, telephone, water, sewer, or other heat, light, power or other utility connected to or with, or placed in the Stored Vehicle, and there shall be none during the period of storage.
4. 
The applicant shall specify, on a plot plan attached to his application, exactly where the Stored Vehicle will be located, and the location must be approved by the Code Enforcement Official or Zoning Officer before any license shall be granted. The most important factors in determining the suitability of any proposed location shall be inconspicuousness and remoteness from the highway and the view of the general public.
5. 
Within the boundaries of the tract of land upon which such storage is proposed, there must be a dwelling, occupied by the applicant or a member of his immediate family, and applicant must present to the Zoning Officer satisfactory evidence of applicant's right to use the land for such storage, together with evidence of the ownership of the Stored Vehicle.
6. 
Not more than one license shall be granted to any one applicant, or in connection with any one dwelling or any one tract of land.
7. 
The Zoning Officer shall have authority to revoke any license issued hereunder, for cause after hearing, upon five days notice delivered to the dwelling house mentioned in the application.
g. 
By way of exception to the within limitations, any person may temporarily store an unoccupied trailer used for storage of tools, equipment, or other property upon a street, highway, alley, or public place in the Borough, for a 30 day term, upon the following conditions:
1. 
Application for a license to permit storage shall be made to the Zoning Officer, payment of a Fifty ($50.00) Dollar fee for a 30 day term, and no such storage shall be commenced before a license is obtained. The applicant may apply for multiple license terms at once provided the applicant pays the fee for each additional term.
2. 
The applicant shall certify, in his application, that there will be no occupancy of the Stored Vehicle, whether for residential, recreational, business or other uses.
3. 
The applicant shall further certify, in his application, that there will be no gas, electric, telephone, water, sewer, or other heat, light, power or other utility connected to or with, or placed in the Stored Vehicle, and there shall be none during the period of storage.
4. 
The applicant shall specify, on a plot plan attached to his application, exactly where the Stored Vehicle will be located, and the location must be approved by the Code Enforcement Official before any license shall be granted. The most important factor in determining the suitability of any proposed location shall be proximity and safety.
5. 
The applicant must present to the Zoning Officer satisfactory evidence of the ownership of the Stored Vehicle and that the temporary storage is connected to providing work or services to a dwelling or tract of land.
6. 
Not more than one license shall be granted to any one applicant, or in connection with any one dwelling or any one tract of land.
7. 
The Zoning Officer shall have authority to revoke any license issued hereunder, for cause after hearing, upon five days notice delivered to the dwelling house mentioned in the application
[Ord. No. 6-69 § III]
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, operate or maintain, or permit to be established, operated or maintained upon any property owned or controlled by him, a trailer camp within the limits of the Borough without having first secured a license therefor from the Board of Commissioners, granted and existing in compliance with the terms of this section. Each such license shall expire annually on December 31, and may be renewed on an annual basis according to the provisions of this section. No trailer camp license shall be valid unless on the face thereof is stated the number of trailers for which the trailer camp is licensed.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § IV; Ord. No. 100-86 §§ 1-2; Ord. No. 200-92 § 1]
The annual license fee for a trailer camp shall consist of a base fee of $200 and an additional monthly fee of $10 per calendar month per trailer, each of which fees shall be payable as set forth herein. The base fee shall cover one calendar year or any portion thereof, and the monthly fee shall cover one calendar month or any portion thereof, and there shall be no reduction of either fee for any period shorter than one calendar year or one calendar month respectively, except as hereinabove set forth. There shall be no reduction of the monthly fee because of nonoccupancy of any trailer located within a trailer camp. Each of the license fees is hereby expressly declared to be imposed for revenue.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § V]
Application for every trailer camp license or for the annual renewal of same, shall be made upon application forms available at the Office of the Borough Clerk, and shall be signed by the applicant. Application for annual renewal of every trailer camp license shall be filed with the Borough Clerk not later than December 1 of the expiring license year, and annual license fee shall accompany the application. Failure to file a complete renewal application and to pay annual license fee on or before the date is hereby specifically declared to be grounds for revocation of license.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § VI]
The license application forms and license renewal application forms available at the Office of the Borough Clerk shall provide appropriate spaces for the following information, which shall be supplied by the applicant:
a. 
Full name and address of applicant. If applicant is a corporation, the application shall contain the full name and address of each Director, each Officer, and each holder of 10% or more of the stock in the corporation.
b. 
Trade name, if any.
c. 
Location of premises covered by license.
d. 
Total area of premises.
e. 
Number of trailer sites permitted.
If applicant is a corporation, the application shall contain the full name and address of each Director, each Officer and each holder of 10% or more of the stock in the corporation.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § VII]
The applicant shall in the application certify the truth of the information contained therein, and shall also certify as follows:
a. 
That there is on file with the Borough Clerk a scale diagram of the premises sought to be licensed showing the number of trailer spaces permitted, which number shall correspond to the number set forth in subsection 14-1.6e, with each trailer space separately and serially numbered, and that a duplicate copy of the diagram is on file in the local office of the trailer camp operator.
b. 
That all sanitary requirements, Board of Health regulations, and Police and Fire regulations have been complied with.
c. 
That the applicant is aware that violation of this section is punishable by the penalty as stated in Chapter I, Section 1-5 for each day of violation.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § VIII]
Once each month each trailer camp operator shall file an operator's monthly report, and pay the proper monthly license fee, at the Office of the Borough Clerk. The operator's monthly report shall be filed regardless of whether any operations have been conducted during the previous month, and regardless of whether any monthly license fee is due. The report and fee for each calendar month shall be filed and paid not sooner than the first day of the next month, and not later than the tenth day of the next month, at the Office of the Borough Clerk. The operator's monthly report shall be made upon forms available at the Office of the Borough Clerk, and shall be signed by the operator. The forms shall provide appropriate individually numbered spaces to show which trailer spaces are unoccupied and which are occupied, the surname of the occupant and a description of the trailer and accompanying automobile, if any, including license number of each. Failure to file the completed report by the date due, or to pay the fee by the date due, is hereby specifically declared to be grounds for revocation of license.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § IX]
It is hereby specifically ordained that payment of the monthly license fee is the sole responsibility of the trailer camp operator, without regard to payment or nonpayment to the operator by the owner or occupant of any trailer in the trailer camp. Advance payment of monthly license fee is specifically prohibited and it is specifically ordained that the Borough Clerk is prohibited from accepting advance payment of monthly license fees. The fee shall be payable only at the times and in the manner prescribed in subsection 14-1.8.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § X]
In the case of any trailer camp operator whose monthly license fees have been past due on three or more occasions, in addition to any other remedy provided for, the Board of Commissioners may by appropriate resolution require bond with the Office of the Borough Clerk. Whenever such bond is required, it shall be in an amount equal to $915 for each trailer permitted in the trailer camp and shall remain on deposit with the Borough so long as the operator continues to operate the trailer camp.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § XI]
All licensees shall comply fully with the following conditions and regulations:
a. 
There shall be provided an adequate supply of pure drinking water at each individual trailer location.
b. 
Each trailer shall be provided with a permanent connection with adequate plumbing to a cesspool, septic tank, or where possible, a public sewage system.
c. 
There shall be no dumping of waste water, waste material or trash on the ground.
d. 
Provision shall be made for the disposal of waste water, garbage, refuse and trash.
e. 
There shall be full compliance with all regulations of the Board of Health.
f. 
Adequate illumination shall be provided.
g. 
All premises shall comply fully with the regulations of the Police and Fire Departments, penal laws, and Borough ordinances.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § XII]
a. 
Every trailer camp operating hereunder shall provide a minimum of twelve hundred (1,200) square feet[1] of space per trailer, and the trailers shall be arranged in rows abutting or facing upon a driveway or clear unoccupied space not less than thirty (30") feet in width, with unobstructed access, using such driveway, to a public street or highway. No trailer camp shall be licensed for more than 75 trailers, and not more than 75 trailers shall be permitted in any trailer camp at one time, unless the trailer camp shall have been issued an Enlarged Summer License, in which case any trailer camp holding such "Enlarged Summer License" may contain a total of 125 trailer spaces, and shall be permitted, from May 1 to October 31 each year, to accommodate a total number of 125 trailers. The area licensed for operation as a trailer camp, under either a Regular License or under an Enlarged Summer License, shall not extend across, or be divided by, any public highway or public toll road, either local, County, State, Federal, or other public highway or public toll road. No area shall be licensed for operation as a trailer camp if any part of the area is less than one thousand (1,000') feet, when measured in a straight line distance from any part of another area licensed under a separate license for operation as a trailer camp.
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Editor's Note: Refer to Chapter 27, Zoning, for additional regulations pertaining to mobile homes.
b. 
The Enlarged Summer License may be applied for and issued at any time within 60 days following final passage of this ordinance. Thereafter there shall be no new Enlarged Summer Licenses issued, but existing Enlarged Summer Licenses may be renewed annually, upon application being made and fee paid in accordance with the provisions of this section.
c. 
Effective immediately, the annual renewal fee for the Enlarged Summer License shall be $75 in addition to the regular annual license fee set forth in subsection 14-1.4, and also in addition to the monthly fee of $10 per calendar month per trailer. The Enlarged Summer License fee shall cover the period from May to October 31, and there shall be no pro rata reduction of the fee for any shorter period. The monthly fee shall cover one calendar month or any portion thereof, and there shall be no reduction of the monthly fee because of non-occupancy of any trailer; the monthly fee shall be payable for every month, or portion thereof, in which a trailer is located in a space licensed under and Enlarged Summer License, even though the month is outside the period licensed under an Enlarged Summer License. In the event that a trailer space licensed either under a regular license or an Enlarged Summer License is occupied by different trailers at different times during a month, there shall be only one monthly fee of $10 due from any one trailer space.
d. 
During the period from November 1 to April 30, occupancy of any trailer located upon a trailer space licensed under an Enlarged Summer License shall be absolutely prohibited; heat, light, water and power connections, including portable gas or fuel connections, shall be disconnected and remain disconnected during this period.
e. 
The operator's monthly report filed by each trailer camp operator who has been issued an Enlarged Summer License shall specify which trailer spaces are licensed under the Enlarged Summer License, and no alteration shall be permitted in the arrangement of trailer spaces unless and until a corrected operator's monthly report has been filed.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § XIII]
Each trailer camp operator shall cause to be constructed and affixed to each individual trailer space within 60 days following final passage of this ordinance one wooden, metal or plastic signboard not less than six (6") inches in height or eighteen (18") inches in width, upon the extreme left of which shall be painted or otherwise permanently affixed the number of the individual trailer space as shown on the diagram referred to in subsection 14-1.7. Whenever the individual trailer space is occupied by a trailer, the balance of the signboard shall contain the surname of the occupant of the trailer, painted or otherwise permanently affixed thereto. The numbers and letters used on the signboard shall be at least four (4") inches in height and have a thickness enabling them to be read at a distance of twenty (20') feet. All such signboards shall be uniformly erected in each trailer camp, being attached to a post or other permanent object, between three (3') feet and five (5') feet from the ground, and shall be kept clearly visible from the nearest driveway. Signboards shall be numbered and lettered in a light color on a dark background.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § XIV]
The maximum number of trailer camps licensed at any given time in this Borough shall be two. No application for a trailer camp license shall be accepted, nor shall any trailer camp license be issued, if the granting of such application and license shall cause the number of outstanding licenses to exceed the limited number. This limitation shall not be deemed to prohibit annual renewals of any existing trailer camp licenses.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § XV]
Any change in the information required under subsection 4-1.6 shall be submitted to the Board of Commissioners, for approval, and such approval may be granted only after notice and public hearing. Operation of any trailer camp prior to obtaining such approval shall subject the violator to the penalties set forth in subsection 14-1.19. Notice shall be published once in the official newspaper of the Borough of West Cape May, at least seven days before the date of the public hearing, and the notice shall contain all of the information required under subsection 14-1.6. Proof of the publication shall be filed with the Borough Clerk prior to the date of the public hearing.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § 16]
Failure to operate a trailer camp for a period of one full year is hereby specifically declared to be grounds for revocation of license.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § XVII]
Existing trailer camps or any part thereof presently in the Borough of West Cape May shall comply with all subsections of this section.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § XVIII]
In the event of a failure or refusal to comply with any of the terms of this section, the Board of Commissioners may on notice and hearing, refuse or revoke any license applied for or granted hereunder.
[Ord. No. 6-69 § XIX]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be liable to the penalty as stated in Chapter I, Section 1-5. Each 24 hour period that any violation continues to exist shall be deemed to be a separate offense and shall be punishable as aforesaid.