Township of Egg Harbor, NJ
Atlantic County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Egg Harbor 8-11-1975.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 89.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 111.
Licensing — See Ch. 142.
Trailer coach parks — See Ch. 207.
[1]
Editor's Note: The provisions of this chapter are derived from Chapter XII of the former Revised Ordinances, adopted 8-11-1975 as amended.
[Amended 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 26:1A-7, the Private Campgrounds Code, as approved by the Department of Health and the Department of Conservation and Economic Development, and filed in the office of the Secretary of State, is hereby accepted, adopted and established as a standard to be used as a guide in determining whether campground dwellings, as well as their facilities, located in the Township are safe, sanitary and fit for human habitation and rental.
Three copies of the code have been placed on file in the office of the Clerk of the Township and are available to all persons desiring to use and examine the same.
[Amended 12-8-1982 by Ord. No. 70-1982; 7-9-1986 by Ord. No. 28-1986]
A. 
Administrator. The Licensing Officer of the Township shall be designated as the officer to exercise the powers prescribed by the code, and he shall serve in such capacity without any additional salary.
B. 
Inspection. The Licensing Officer shall be authorized and directed to make inspections to determine the condition of the camp dwellings, as well as their facilities, located within the Township, in order that he or she may perform the duties of safeguarding the health and safety of the occupants of camp dwellings, as well as their facilities, and of the general public.
(1) 
For the purpose of making such inspections, the Licensing Officer shall be authorized to enter, examine and survey, at all reasonable times, all camp dwellings, as well as their facilities.
(2) 
The owner or occupant of every camp dwelling, as well as its facilities, or the person in charge thereof, shall give the inspecting officer free access to the camp dwelling, as well as its facilities, at all reasonable times for the purpose of such inspection, examination and survey.
C. 
Alterations and repairs. Every occupant of a camp dwelling shall give the owner thereof or his agent or employee access to any part of the camp dwelling, as well as its facilities, at all reasonable times for the purpose of making such repairs or alterations as are necessary to effect compliance with the provisions of this code or with any lawful rule or regulation adopted or any lawful order issued pursuant to the provisions of this code.
A. 
The Township Committee is authorized and empowered to make and adopt such written rules and regulations as it may deem necessary for the proper enforcement of the provisions of this code, provided that such rules and regulations shall not be in conflict with the provisions of this code nor in any way alter, amend or supersede any of the provisions thereof. Such rules and regulations may be adopted by resolution. The Township Clerk shall formulate such rules and regulations, as necessary, and recommend them to the Township Committee for approval. A copy of the rules and regulations shall be on file with the Township Clerk.
[Amended 12-8-1982 by Ord. No. 70-1982; 7-9-1986 by Ord. No. 28-1986; 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
B. 
Conformity with code requirements. No person shall occupy as owner or occupant or rent to another for occupancy any camp dwelling, as well as its facilities, for the purpose of living therein, which does not conform to the provisions of N.J.A.C. 8:22-1 et seq., established hereby as the standard to be used in determining whether a camp dwelling is safe, sanitary and fit for human habitation.
[Amended 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
C. 
Campsite location. No campsite shall be less than 100 feet from a public highway right-of-way or less than 50 feet from a property line.
[Amended 6-9-1982 by Ord. No. 38-1982; 4-8-1987 by Ord. No. 19-1987; 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
A. 
Each owner of a campground shall apply and renew annually for a license with the Township Clerk. Applications and renewals will be submitted on forms to be supplied. Each new application and renewal shall contain a plan of the campground identifying all campsites, roads, buildings, solid waste receptacle locations and similar appurtenances as may be requested.[1]
(1) 
The plan shall be drawn by a licensed land surveyor (New Jersey license).
(2) 
Aerial photogrammetric plan sheets can be submitted if they provide the following:
(a) 
The aerial plans shall clearly show horizontal mapping of the entire site. Horizontal mapping shall include all property boundaries, structures, roadways, streets, campsites, sanitary sewer, potable water facilities, drainage facilities, recreation facilities and all other site improvements.
(b) 
The aerial plans shall be prepared in accordance with National Map Accuracy Standards.
(c) 
The aerial plans shall be provided at a scale no less than one inch equals 40 feet.
(d) 
The aerial photography utilized to prepare the plans shall be taken between the months of November and April, so as to provide the maximum visibility of the ground surface with a minimum shielding due to foliage.
(e) 
Existing natural topographic physical features need not be included in the plans; however, should evidence of grading, mining, filling or excavations be noted by the Township Construction Code Official, the Township Committee may require that the plans contain contours at a contour interval of one inch to five feet, depicting the existing topographic physical features on the site.
(3) 
Upon renewal, if there is no change from the prior survey or aerial photogrammetric plan, the owner of the campground may submit an affidavit indicating the existing survey/plan has not changed since submitted and it accurately reflects existing conditions of the campground.
[Added 8-12-1998 by Ord. No. 27-1998]
[1]
Editor's Note: See § 86-9B.
B. 
The applicant for a license to construct, operate and maintain a private campground in compliance with this code shall pay the following fees to the Township:
(1) 
One hundred dollars for the first 50 Type A sites and $1 for each additional site.
(2) 
One hundred twenty-five dollars for the first 50 Type B sites and $2 for each additional site.
(3) 
One hundred fifty dollars for the first 50 Type C sites and $2.50 for each additional site.
A. 
Notice of violation. Whenever the inspecting officer determines that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a violation of any rule or regulation adopted pursuant to this code, he shall give notice of the alleged violations to the person or persons responsible therefor as hereinafter provided. The notice shall:
(1) 
Be put in writing.
(2) 
Include a statement of the reasons why it is being issued.
(3) 
Allow a reasonable time for the performance of any act it requires.
(4) 
Be served upon the owner or his agent or the occupant, as the case may require, provided that the notice shall be deemed to be properly served upon the owner or agent or upon the occupant if a copy thereof is served upon him personally, or if a copy thereof is sent by registered mail to his last known address, or if a copy thereof is posted in a conspicuous place in or about the dwelling affected by the notice, or if he is served with the notice by any other method authorized or required under the laws of the state.
B. 
Remedial action; notice. The notice may contain an outline of remedial action which, if taken, will effect compliance with the provisions of this code and with the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.
C. 
Petition for hearing. Any person affected by any notice which has been issued in connection with the enforcement of any provision of the code, or of any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter, provided that such person shall file in the office of the Township Clerk a written petition requesting a hearing and setting forth a brief statement of the grounds therefor within 10 days after the day the notice was served.
D. 
Procedure. Upon receipt of a petition for a hearing, the Township Administrator shall set a time and place for the hearing and shall give the petitioner written notice thereof. At the hearing, the petitioner shall be given an opportunity to be heard and to show why the notice should be modified or withdrawn. The hearing shall be commenced not later than 10 days after the day on which the action was filed, provided that, upon application of the petitioner, the Township Administrator may postpone the date of the hearing for a reasonable time beyond the ten-day period, if in his or her judgment the petitioner has submitted a good and sufficient reason for the postponement.
[Amended 12-8-1982 by Ord. No. 70-1982; 7-9-1986 by Ord. No. 28-1986; 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
E. 
Determination. After the hearing, the Township Administrator shall sustain, modify or withdraw the notice, depending upon his or her findings as to whether the provisions of this code and the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto have been complied with by the petitioner. If the Township Administrator sustains or modifies the notice, it shall be deemed to be an order. Any notice served pursuant to this code shall automatically become an order if a written petition for a hearing is not filed with the Township Administrator in the Licensing Office within 10 days after the notice is served.
[Amended 12-8-1982 by Ord. No. 70-1982; 7-9-1986 by Ord. No. 28-1986; 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
F. 
Record of the hearing. The proceedings at the hearing referred to in Subsection E, including the findings and decisions of the Township Administrator, shall be summarized, reduced to writing and entered as a matter of public record in the Licensing Office. The record shall also include a copy of every notice or order issued in connection with the matter.
[Amended 12-8-1982 by Ord. No. 70-1982; 7-9-1986 by Ord. No. 28-1986; 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
G. 
Recourse. Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Township Administrator may seek relief therefrom in any court of competent jurisdiction, as provided by the laws of the state.
[Amended 12-8-1982 by Ord. No. 70-1982; 7-9-1986 by Ord. No. 28-1986; 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
[Amended 12-8-1982 by Ord. No. 70-1982; 7-9-1986 by Ord. No. 28-1986; 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
A. 
Emergencies. Whenever the Township Clerk finds that an emergency exists which requires immediate action to protect the public health, welfare or safety, he or she may, without notice or hearing, issue an order reciting the existence of such an emergency and requiring that such action be taken as the Township Clerk deems necessary to meet the emergency.
B. 
Hearing and action on emergency conditions. Any person to whom an order is directed due to emergency conditions shall comply therewith immediately but, upon petition to the Township Clerk, shall be afforded a hearing as soon as possible. After the hearing, depending upon its findings and conclusions as to whether the provisions of this code and of the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto have been complied with, the Township Administrator shall continue such order in effect or modify it or revoke it.
[Added 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994[1]]
A. 
All campgrounds shall be closed from Monday at 8:00 a.m. until Friday at 12:00 noon between November 1 and March 1 of each year.
B. 
No licensee shall permit the occupancy of any campsite during the prescribed time periods as set forth above, except as herein provided.
(1) 
Between November 1 and March 1, campgrounds may be open during the following time periods:
(a) 
From Friday at 12:00 noon until Monday at 8:00 a.m.
(b) 
From Friday at 12:00 noon until Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. during weekends containing any of the following holidays:
[1] 
Veterans Day.
[2] 
Martin Luther King Day.
[3] 
Presidents Day.
(c) 
From 12:00 noon on the Wednesday preceding Thanksgiving until the following Monday at 8:00 a.m.
(d) 
From 12:00 noon on the Friday preceding Christmas until 8:00 a.m. on January 2, unless January 2 falls on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, in which event closure shall occur at 8:00 a.m. on the Monday next following January 2.
(e) 
With prior approval of the Township Committee, during any weekday period when a special excursion of less than five days will be occupying the campground, such special excursions may include but not be limited to hunting clubs, boy scouts and the like.
[1]
Editor's Note: This chapter also repealed former § 86-8, Violations and penalties, amended 12-9-1987 by Ord. No. 60-1987. See § 86-15 for current provisions regarding violations and penalties.
[Added 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
Individual camping sites shall be arranged in rows abutting or facing upon a driveway or clear unoccupied space not less than 20 feet in width for two-way traffic and 12 feet in width for one-way traffic, with unobstructed access, using such driveway, to a public street or highway. The area licensed for operation as a campground shall not extend across or be divided by any public highway or public toll road, either local, county, state or federal.
A. 
Campsite setbacks. There shall be a five-foot setback between camping units, sheds, picnic tables and the parking area within the campsite. The side and service road setback for a site shall also be five feet for each campsite.
B. 
Campsite identification. Each site shall be clearly marked with a post sign indicating the number and type of sites. These numbers shall coincide with plans on file at the campground office and the Township licensing office. A log of each campsite occupant and his or her motor vehicle license number, date of arrival and date of departure, home address and emergency numbers shall also be maintained at the campground office.
C. 
Types of campsites.
(1) 
Type A: contains a camp unit no greater than 200 square feet and provides one parking space. No decks, sheds or screened porches are allowed. The minimum site size is 1,200 square feet.
(2) 
Type B: contains a camp unit no greater than 320 square feet and provides one parking space. This site may use up to a maximum of 160 total square feet for a deck, shed or screened porch or combination of these uses. The site size is to be a minimum of 1,800 square feet.
(3) 
Type C: contains a camp unit no greater than 435 square feet and provides two parking spaces. This site may use up to a maximum of 200 total square feet for a deck, shed or screened porch or a combination of these uses. The minimum site size is 3,200 square feet.
D. 
Parking. Ten additional spaces shall be provided for every 50 campsites.
[Added 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
There shall be provided in every campground or campsite such number of watertight receptacles with close-fitting metal covers for garbage, refuse, ashes and rubbish as may be deemed necessary by the Atlantic County Board of Health. Such garbage receptacles shall, at all times, be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. Each licensee shall be solely responsible for sanitation within its campground. Each licensee shall comply with all state, county and municipal regulations concerning sanitation and shall effectuate the removal and recycling of garbage and trash from the campground at its own expense.
[Added 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
A. 
No licensee shall permit any permanent structure to be affixed to any campsite in the licensed campground.
B. 
Only motor vehicles or motor-drawn vehicles in compliance with the State Campground Code or Law may be located on any campsite in any licensed campground. Said vehicles shall not be altered in any manner that would prevent ready removal thereof.
C. 
No licensee shall permit the occupancy of any motor vehicle or motor-drawn vehicle in the licensed campground in such a manner as to facilitate the establishment of domicile residency for the occupant thereof.
[Added 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
Each licensed campground shall be permitted to have one permanent living structure upon its licensed premises, to be used by the owner and/or his agents and employees, for the purposes of operating the campground, including use as a year-round residence for caretaker or maintenance personnel, and also including use as an office and place for the keeping of records, but not including use for any other type of commercial or business activity. Said premises shall be located at least 200 feet from any public road or highway. Any and all structures must meet the current building code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 89, Construction Codes, Uniform.
[Added 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
It is the responsibility of the owner/operator to provide the camper with a copy of the campground layout which contains location of roads, numbered sites, trash facilities and the offices. Each camper should receive, and there shall at all times be posted outside the campground office, a copy of an emergency plan in case of fire.
[Added 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994]
If any licensee shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or the terms of such license, in addition to suffering any other penalties which may be imposed, said licensee shall be subject to immediate revocation of the license.
[Added 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 41-1994; amended 4-12-2006 by Ord. No. 20-2006]
Violation of any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a minimum fine of $100 or a maximum of $2,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each and every violation shall be considered a separate violation. Any person who is convicted of violating the provisions of this chapter within one year of the date of a previous violation and who was fined for the previous violation may be sentenced by the Court to an additional fine as a repeat offender. The additional fine imposed as a repeat offender shall not be less than the minimum or exceed the maximum fine provided herein, and same shall be calculated separately from the fine imposed for the violation of this chapter.