City of Hagerstown, MD
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Hagerstown 6-18-2013 by Ord. No. O-13-12.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Recycling and refuse collection — See Ch. 117.
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Editor’s Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 184, Property Maintenance, adopted 4-1-1974, as amended.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "City of Hagerstown Portable Storage Container Ordinance."
It is hereby declared and ordained by the Mayor and Council of the City of Hagerstown to be the public policy of the City to preserve, protect and improve the aesthetic nature of the community and to prevent and prohibit conditions existing or the use of any premises or building exteriors or property which shall be detrimental or is detrimental to the property of others or which causes or tends to cause substantial diminution in the value of the other property in the neighborhood in which such premises are located.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
NUISANCE
Any condition or use of a premises or property which is detrimental to the property value of others or which causes or tends to cause substantial diminution in the value of other properties in the neighborhood in which said premises or property is located. For the purposes of this chapter, such a condition includes but is not limited to maintenance of a portable storage container upon a premises in violation of this chapter.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, firm, corporation, association or legal entity of whatsoever kind or nature. "Person" shall include the owner(s), tenant(s), lessee(s), and/or occupant(s) and/or person(s) in charge of the real property upon which a nuisance condition exists. A "person" shall also mean the owner(s), lessee(s), or any individual(s) having control over the transport, delivery or placement of a portable storage container which constitutes a nuisance condition pursuant to this chapter.
PORTABLE STORAGE CONTAINER
Any self-supporting container, usually metal or metal-framed, designed and used predominately for storage. "Portable storage container" includes any type of prefabricated container which is or resembles a modified tractor trailer, railroad car, or intermodal shipping container. "Portable storage container" includes but is not limited to any container known as a storage box, pod, "C" container or sea container.
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No person or owner leasing, occupying or having charge of any premises or property shall maintain or keep any nuisance thereon as defined herein, nor shall any person keep or maintain any said premises in a manner causing substantial diminution in the value of the other properties in the neighborhood in which said premises are located.
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No person shall maintain on any such premises or property a portable storage container except as approved in accordance with this chapter. No person shall transport, deliver or place a portable storage container upon any premises or property except as permitted herein.
The aforegoing notwithstanding, portable storage containers may be allowed on a limited, temporary basis in commercial or industrial zones only, after the issuance of a permit from the Community and Economic Development Department. Said permit(s) may be issued for a maximum period of six months in any calendar year, so long as the proposed location of the portable storage container(s) is in compliance with all zoning and setback requirements for buildings and structures and is either to the rear of the premises or property or is appropriately screened to satisfy reasonable aesthetic concerns. In no case shall portable storage containers be permitted to exceed a height of 12 feet or a width of eight feet, nor shall the stacking of portable storage containers be permitted.
Any person who violates § 184-4 of this chapter, or who shall fail to abate said violation after proper notice, shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a municipal infraction and subject to a fine of $500 for each offense. A separate offense shall be deemed committed for each day on which the violative condition exists.