Township of Maplewood, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Maplewood as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, Art. II.
Zoning and land development — See Ch. 271.
[Adopted 12-3-1974 by Ord. No. 1438 as Section 3-15 of the 1974 Revised General Ordinances]

§ 253-1 Definitions.

For the purpose of this article, a "trailer or camp car" is hereby defined to be any vehicle used or intended for use as a conveyance upon the public streets or highways and duly licensed as such. The definition shall include self-propelled and non-self-propelled vehicles so designed, constructed and reconstructed or added to by means of accessories in such a manner as to permit the occupancy thereof as a temporary dwelling or sleeping place for one or more persons and having no foundation other than wheels, jacks or skirtings so arranged as to be integral with or portable by such trailer or camp car.

§ 253-2 Unlawful acts.

It shall be unlawful for any person to park any trailer or camp car on any street in the Township or on any premises within the limits of the Township, except for the purpose of repair or storage. Any such trailer or camp car undergoing repairs or being stored shall be kept within a building and shall not during such period of repairs or storage be used by any person as a dwelling or sleeping place.
[Adopted 4-4-2017 by Ord. No. 2850-17]

§ 253-3 Use resulting from fire.

A. 
Temporary storage trailers shall be permitted in the residential and commercial districts where the need for such trailers arises as a direct result of the fire damage to the existing building, making the building uninhabitable. The Construction Code Official shall determine the size and placement of such a trailer, which must be located on the property for which it is to be used. In no event shall the trailer be located on the premises in question for a period in excess of six months.
B. 
All government agencies shall be exempt from Subsection A of this section.

§ 253-4 Storage containers or trailers; permit required.

Temporary storage trailers or storage containers known as "portable on-demand storage," commonly referred to as PODS®, or any facsimile thereof, are allowed in all residential districts for the exclusive purpose of storing personal belongings (including but not limited to furniture, appliances, building materials and other personal effects) on the following conditions:
A. 
No toxic or volatile materials will be stored in same.
B. 
The homeowner will apply to the Township Construction Department for a permit to allow a trailer/PODS®/storage container. The homeowner will complete and submit the application form provided by the Construction Department and pay a fee of $50 for same.
C. 
The permit will be valid for a period of two months and can be renewed for an additional period of two months for the additional fee of $100 and a third additional period of two months for the additional fee of $150.
D. 
Under no circumstances shall the permit be issued or the trailer/PODS®/storage container remain on the property in excess of six months, nor shall a second permit be issued to the same applicant within 24 months from the expiration of the prior permit.
E. 
The trailer/PODS®/storage container will be placed on the applicant's property and be placed in a fashion as to not interfere with the public right-of-way (including sidewalks and streets). Notwithstanding the foregoing, no trailer/PODS®/storage container shall be placed within the front yard setback of the property as defined in the Township land use ordinances.
F. 
The applicant will authorize and allow periodic inspections of the PODS® and its contents by a representative of the Construction Department, so as to ensure that the above requirements are being adhered to.
G. 
Only one permit with extensions will be permitted per applicant over a period of two years.

§ 253-5 Violations and penalties.

A. 
The penalty for a violation is as follows:
(1) 
First offense: a fine of $500.
(2) 
Second offense: a fine of $1,000.
(3) 
Third offense or subsequent offense: a fine of $1,500.
B. 
Each day of violation shall be deemed a separate offense.