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Chapter 8.32 Automobile Trailer Courts

8.32.010 Definitions.

The following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section:

A.  “Approved” when applied to plumbing fixtures, plumbing connections, etc., means that the fixtures, connections, etc., have been approved by the chief inspector of the plumbing division.  When the same term is applied to sanitary provisions or measures, it means that the same has been approved by the chief of the sanitary division of the Bureau of Health.  When the same term is applied to fire prevention appliances or equipment, it means that the same has been approved by the fire marshal.  When the same term is applied to building construction, it means that the same has been approved by the chief of the building division.  When the same term is applied to electric wiring or appliances, it means that the same has been approved by the chief of the electrical division.

B.  “Permit” means a written permit issued by the Health Officer permitting the trailer court to operate under this Chapter and regulations promulgated thereunder;

C.  “Trailer court” means a lot or parcel of ground arranged or used for the parking of automobile trailer coaches.  For brevity an automobile trailer court may be referred to as a “court”;

D.  “Trailer coach” means any vehicle used, or so constructed as to permit its being used, as a conveyance upon the public streets or highways and duly licensable as such, and constructed in such a manner as will permit occupancy thereof as a dwelling or sleeping place for one or more persons;

E.  “Dependent trailer coach” means a trailer coach which does not have a water closet and a bathtub or shower;

F.  “Independent trailer coach” means a trailer coach that has a water closet and a bathtub or shower;

G.  “Trailer coach space” means a plot of ground within a trailer court, designated for the accommodation of one trailer coach;

H.  “Service building” means a building housing toilet facilities for men and women, with a slop‑water closet and laundry facilities, and with separate bath and shower accommodations.

8.32.020 License and Permits Required.

No automobile trailer court shall be established or maintained unless a license has been obtained for the court, which license shall not be issued by the Bureau of Licenses until the City Council has first approved the issuance of the same.

Permits shall be taken out for building, electrical or plumbing work, which may be performed in connection with such court.

8.32.030 Information to be Furnished by Applicant.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 176955, effective October 9, 2002.)  Every applicant for the establishment of a trailer court shall submit to the Bureau of Health an application and a plan showing the location and arrangement of the court, and shall give full information relative to the facilities that are to be supplied, showing the location and character of construction of buildings, the layout and surfacing of driveways, and the arrangements made for sanitation, lighting, fire protection, etc.  Before submitting the application and plan to the Council, the Health Officer shall obtain reports from the Bureau of Development Services, the fire marshal, and the State Board of Health, and shall transmit the application, the plan, the reports, and his recommendations to the Council.  If it appears to the Council that the fire protection and sanitary arrangements are adequate and that the establishment of the court will not be a detriment to the neighborhood or to the City as a whole the Council may approve the issuance of a license.

The Bureau of Development Services shall not issue a permit for building, plumbing or electrical work in connection with the court until the Council has approved the issuance of a license.

8.32.040 Location.

An automobile trailer camp shall be located only in Zones C2 and M3, under conditional use procedure, as established by the planning and zoning Code.  No trailer camp shall be located in Fire District No. 1 or Fire District No. 2 as the same are designated in Building Code.

8.32.050 Layout of Grounds.

A.  Every trailer court shall be enclosed by a substantial fence not less than 6 feet in height, constructed of masonry, woven wire, or other similar construction approved by the building inspector.

B.  Each trailer coach space shall contain a minimum of 1,000 square feet inclusive of parking space for the propelling vehicle, shall be at least 25 feet wide, shall be plainly marked in some permanent manner, and shall abut on a driveway or the clear area with unobstructed access to a public street.  Such spaces shall be clearly defined, and trailer coaches shall be parked in such spaces so that there will be a minimum of 15 feet between trailer coaches and so that no trailer coach will be less than 10 feet from the exterior boundary of the trailer court.

C.  Access roads shall be provided to each trailer space.  Each access road shall be continuous, shall connect with a street or highway, shall have a minimum width of 20 feet and shall be properly surfaced.

D.  An occupied trailer coach shall not be parked closer than 25 feet to any public street or highway, and no part of such trailer coach shall obstruct any public roadway or walkway.  An occupied trailer coach shall not be allowed to remain in a trailer court unless a trailer space is available.

E.  Adequate areas shall be provided for the parking of motor vehicles of guests.

F.  Outside drying space adjacent to the service building, or other clothes drying facilities, shall be provided.

8.32.060 Buildings.

A.  Every court shall have an office and a sign designating it as such.  Each trailer court shall be provided with one or more service buildings adequately equipped with flush type water closet fixtures.  Each establishment shall have not less than one water closet for females, one water closet for males, one lavatory and shower for each sex, one urinal for males, one laundry unit (laundry tray or washing machine), and one slop‑sink.  Dependent trailer coaches shall be parked not more than 200 feet from a service building.

B.  Service buildings shall:

1.  Be located 15 feet or more from any trailer space;

2.  Be of permanent construction and adequately lighted;

3.  Be provided with a floor and a base not less than 6 inches in height, the floor and the base being made of waterproof material such as concrete, tile, or other approved impervious material;

4.  Have sufficient toilet and laundry facilities, according to the ratio stipulated, to serve adequately both males and females;

5.  Have adequate heating facilities to maintain a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit during cold weather, and to supply minimum of 3 gallons of 140 degrees Fahrenheit minimum hot water per hour per trailer coach space during time of peak demands;

6.  Have all rooms properly ventilated, with all openings effectively screened;

7.  Shall have at least one slop‑sink with hot and cold water, accessible to both sexes at all times;

8.  All trailer court buildings shall comply with the housing, building, electrical, plumbing and health and sanitation regulations.

8.32.070 Sanitation.

A.  Water from City mains shall be provided for the court so that water either is furnished directly to each coach or is accessible for the occupants of each coach by a faucet located in accordance with the rules of the State Board of Health, but in no case shall each faucet be over 100 feet from any coach.

B.  Trailer coaches provided with water closets, sinks, lavatories, or showers shall be connected to the City sewer system or to a sewer system approved by the Health Officer.

C.  To serve more than 10 dependent coaches, additional fixtures shall be provided in the following ratios:

1.  Toilet facilities for males and females shall be separated, if located in the same building, by sound resistant wall;

2.  A lavatory for each sex shall be provided for every 10 dependent trailer coaches or fraction thereof.  A bathtub or shower stall in a separate compartment shall be provided for each sex in the ratio of one for every 12 dependent trailer coaches or fraction thereof;

3.  There shall be provided not less than one sink for every 10 units requiring sink facilities;

4.  All rooms used by the public for toilet purposes shall be lighted at night with illumination amounting to not less than two foot candles in all portions of the room.

D.  All trailer courts shall be kept free from refuse, weeds and brambles.

There shall be provided for each two units at least one approved galvanized metal garbage can of not less than 20 gallon capacity, provided with a close‑fitting cover, which can be set on a base at least 6 inches above the ground.  Such can shall be emptied at least once every 24 hours, and the garbage disposed of in a manner approved by the Health Officer.  The garbage cans shall be thoroughly cleaned before they are returned to the units.

No washing or cleaning of coaches or of the propelling vehicles, other than dusting or brushing out, shall be done while in the court, unless such washing or cleaning is performed over a wash‑rack provided with a drain conforming to the regulations of the plumbing division.

All plumbing and plumbing fixtures shall be properly installed to conform to the requirements of the plumbing division and shall be maintained in good operating condition at all times.

8.32.080 Fire Protection.

Every court shall be provided with a water main not smaller than 2 inch pipe size, connected to the City water supply and having approved outlets, valves, hose connections, etc., for a 1‑1/2 inch fire hose, with the outlets so arranged that with a length of hose not exceeding 75 feet, a stream of water will reach every portion of the court.  The water main shall not be less in pipe size than the size given in the following table, based on the number of 1‑1/2 inch hose outlets served.

Number of Outlets
Not to Exceed
Pipe Size
In Inches
2 1/2
3 1/2

No rubbish or trash shall be burned in open fires.  No bonfires shall be permitted.  Incinerators shall be located and constructed under the direct supervision of the Fire Marshal.

All fire protection equipment shall be maintained in serviceable condition under the direction of the Fire Marshal.

8.32.090 Electrical Regulations and Connections for Trailer Coaches.

Where facilities are provided for the supply of electrical energy to trailer coaches while in court, the following requirements shall be complied with:

A.  At least one weatherproof fused receptacle outlet with fuses located in locked enclosure shall be installed for each unit.  This outlet shall be so located that not more than 30 feet of portable conductor will be required to connect with trailer coach wiring.  The rating of fuses protecting trailer coach outlet shall not exceed three amperes, unless the trailer coach is wired in compliance with the National Electrical Code;

B.  Overhead yard wires supplying trailer coach outlet shall have a clearance above ground of not less than 15 feet, except across spaces accessible to pedestrians only, in which case the clearance above ground shall be not less than 10 feet.  Wires connecting to trailer coach outlets shall be installed in conduit or electrical metallic tubic where less than 8 feet from the ground;

C.  Portable cord used for the connection of trailer coach unit shall be of a type approved for hard service and shall not be less in size than no. 16, B & S gauge.  Where the trailer coach wiring is approved for use with fuses in excess of three amperes, as permitted above, the cord shall have a current carrying capacity at least equal to the fuse rating;

D.  In all other respects the permanent wiring of the court shall comply with the electrical Code of the City;

E.  No trailer coach shall be connected to the court electric system if the electrical division finds the wiring of any such trailer coach to be hazardous.

8.32.100 Registration Book.

Every court shall have a registration book, and the names and addresses of all the members of the trailer coach party shall be entered in the book by a member of the party, together with information relative to the make and year of manufacture and license number of the trailer coach and the propelling vehicle.  The registration book shall show the date of arrival and departure of every trailer coach and the trailer coach unit occupied.  This registration book shall be available for the inspection of officers or employees of the City, county, state or federal governments upon request.

The manager of a court shall report without delay to the Bureau of Health any illness of any member of a trailer coach party, whether such illness appears to be of a contagious nature or not.

8.32.110 Removal of Wheels.

The removal of the wheels or the setting of a trailer coach on posts or footings will not be considered as removing the same from the regulations affecting trailer coaches, unless such trailer coach is made to conform with housing, building and other codes regulating a dwelling.

8.32.120 Parking in Court Required.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 131420 and 142952, effective December 22, 1976.)  Any trailer coach used for sleeping or living purposes shall not be parked for any period of time exceeding 3 hours except in a trailer court, and no cooking shall be done in a trailer coach outside of a trailer court; provided that self‑contained camping or recreational vehicles shall, at the discretion of the Exposition ‑ Recreation Commission, be allowed to park in the parking lot of the Memorial Coliseum complex in order to provide living quarters for persons to care for animals involved in shows at the Memorial Coliseum complex, for such time as may be necessary to care for such animals.  The activities of all persons occupying such vehicles during the times mentioned shall be under the supervision of the City‑County Bureau of Health and all such activities shall comply with applicable provisions of this Code.

8.32.130 Licenses Fees.

License fees shall be as provided in Title 7, and every trailer court shall be subject to all the regulations provided in Title 7.

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