Chapter 6.13
RECREATIONAL CAMPING IN CITY PARKS

Sections:

6.13.010    Definitions.

6.13.020    Camping.

6.13.025    Tent camping.

6.13.030    Peace and quiet.

6.13.040    Rubbish.

6.13.050    Sanitation.

6.13.060    Expulsion from city park camping areas.

6.13.070    Towing of vehicles and removal of other property.

6.13.080    Termination of camping privileges.

6.13.090    Fee for overnight use required.

6.13.100    Other fees for camping.

6.13.110    Penalties.

6.13.010 Definitions.

Whenever used in this chapter the following terms shall be defined as herein indicated:

(1) “Administrator” shall mean the public works director or a designee of the administrator.

(2) “Camping” shall mean erecting a tent or shelter or arranging bedding, or both, or parking a recreation vehicle or other vehicle for the purpose of remaining overnight.

(3) “Camping party” shall mean an individual or a group of people (two or more persons) that is organized, equipped and capable of sustaining its own camping activity. A “camping party” is a “camping unit” for purposes of RCW 79A.05.065.

(4) “Staysail RV Park” shall mean that area in Windjammer Park designated and improved for overnight camping and overflow camping areas designated by council and so signed by the administrator.

(5) “Day area parking space” shall mean any designated parking space within any park area designated for daytime vehicle parking.

(6) “Extra vehicle” shall mean each additional unhitched vehicle in excess of the one recreation vehicle that will be parked in a designated campsite or parking area for overnight.

(7) “Motorcycle” means every motor vehicle having a saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a farm tractor and a moped.

(8) “OHMC” means Oak Harbor Municipal Code.

(9) “Overflow area” shall mean an area in a city park separate from designated overnight and special event camping areas, designated by the administrator, for camping to accommodate peak camping demands in the city.

(10) “Overnight accommodations” shall mean camping areas designated by the city and shall include Staysail RV Park.

(11) “Person” shall mean all natural persons, firms, partnerships, corporations, clubs, and all associations or combinations of persons whenever acting for themselves or by an agent, servant, or employee.

(12) “Recreation vehicle” shall mean a vehicle/trailer unit, van, pickup truck with camper, motor home, converted bus, or any similar type vehicle which contains sleeping and/or housekeeping accommodations.

(13) “Residence” shall mean the long-term habitation of facilities at a given city park for purposes whose primary character is not recreational. “Residence” is characterized by one or both of the following patterns: Camping at Staysail RV Park for more than 30 days between April 1st through September 30th; or 60 days between October 1st through March 31st. The time period shall begin on the date for which the first night’s fee is paid.

(14) “Special event camping” is an area in a city park separate from the designated overnight camping area, which may be used for camping for special events which are authorized by the city council for sporting or recreational events such as a soccer tournament or Marina race week.

(15) “Standard campsite” shall mean a designated campsite which is served by nearby domestic water, sink waste, garbage disposal, and flush comfort station.

(16) “Trailer dump station” shall mean any city park sewage disposal facility designated for the disposal of sewage waste from any recreation vehicle. (Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1411 § 4, 2005; Ord. 1303 § 2, 2002; Ord. 1108 § 1, 1997; Ord. 975 § 1, 1994; Ord. 770 § 1, 1987; Ord. 667 § 1, 1984; Ord. 582 § 1, 1981; Ord. 541 § 1, 1979).

6.13.020 Camping.

(1) Camping areas of the city are designed and administered specifically to provide recreational opportunities. Use of park facilities for purposes which are of a nonrecreational nature, such as long-term residency at park facilities, obstructs opportunities for recreational use, and is inconsistent with the purposes for which those facilities were designed.

(2) No person or camping party may use any city park facility for residence purposes, as defined.

(3) No person shall designate a park camping area as a permanent or temporary address on official documents or applications submitted to public or private agencies or institutions.

(4) No person shall camp in any city park area except in areas specifically designated by the city and marked for that purpose as directed by the administrator.

(5) Occupants shall vacate camping facilities by removing their personal property therefrom no later than 12:00 p.m., if the applicable camping fees have not been paid or if the time limit for occupancy of the campsite has expired. Remaining in a campsite beyond the established checkout time shall subject the occupant to the payment of an additional camping fee.

(6) Use of campsites by tent campers shall be subject to payment of the fee for such campsite.

(7) A person may not occupy a campsite in a city park when he or she owes money to the city for unpaid camp fees.

(8) A campsite is considered occupied when it is being used for purposes of camping by a person or persons who have paid the camping fees within the applicable time limits. No person shall take or attempt to take possession of a campsite when it is being occupied by another party, or when informed by a city employee that such campsite is occupied, or signage is posted by the city directing that the site not be occupied.

(9) In order to afford the general public the greatest possible use of the city park system, on a fair and equal basis, and to prevent residential use, continuous occupancy of facilities by the same camping party shall be limited. No person or party may stay more than 30 nights in the RV park in any 90-day period.

(10) A maximum of eight people shall be permitted at a campsite, unless otherwise authorized by the administrator. The number of vehicles occupying a campsite shall be limited to one car and one recreational vehicle; provided, that one additional vehicle without built-in sleeping accommodations may occupy a designated campsite when in the judgment of the administrator the constructed facilities so warrant.

(11) Persons traveling by bicycles, motor bikes or other similar modes of transportation and utilizing campsites shall be limited to eight persons per site; provided, no more than three motorcycles may occupy a campsite.

(12) No more than two tents may be used in any campsite.

(13) Special event camping areas may be authorized at the administrator’s discretion only when all designated campsites are full. Persons using special event camping areas must pay the applicable campsite fee and must vacate the campsite when directed by the administrator.

(14) Designated overflow camping areas may be used when all regularly designated campsites in the park are full. Persons using overflow camping areas must pay the applicable campsite fee.

(15) No vehicle or trailer may be parked in or occupy a campsite which is not currently licensed to be driven on the roads of Washington state. Temporary licenses are not in compliance with this provision. No inoperable vehicle may be parked at or occupy a campsite. (Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1411 § 5, 2005; Ord. 1303 § 3, 2002; Ord. 980 § 2, 1994; Ord. 541 § 2, 1979).

6.13.025 Tent camping.

(1) The administrator shall designate a portion of Staysail RV Park for at least five tent camping locations which may be used exclusively for tent camping.

(2) Tent camping shall be for no more than 10 days in any 90-day period of time.

(3) Persons engaged in tent camping shall follow other rules set out for camping in this chapter and other rules governing conduct in city parks. (Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1411 § 6, 2005).

6.13.030 Peace and quiet.

To ensure peace and quiet for visitors:

(1) No person using camping areas of the city park shall violate the provisions of the OHMC, this chapter or other chapters of this title.

(2) No person shall engage in conduct which disturbs other camping park users in their sleeping quarters or in campgrounds between the quiet hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

(3) No person shall, at any time, use sound-emitting electronic equipment including electrical speakers, radios, phonographs, televisions, musical instruments or other such equipment, at a volume which emits sound beyond the immediate individual camp or picnic site that may disturb other park users without specific permission of the administrator.

(4) Engine driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. (Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1411 § 7, 2005; Ord. 1303 § 4, 2002; Ord. 1108 § 2, 1997).

6.13.040 Rubbish.

(1) No person shall leave, deposit, drop, or scatter bottles, broken glass, ashes, waste paper, cans, or other rubbish in a city camping area, except in a garbage can or other receptacle designated for such purposes.

(2) No person shall deposit any household or commercial garbage, refuse, waste, or rubbish, which is brought as such from any private property, in any recreational camping area garbage can or other receptacle designed for such purpose. (Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1303 § 5, 2002).

6.13.050 Sanitation.

No person shall, in any city park area:

(1) Drain or dump refuse or waste from any trailer, camper, automobile, or other vehicle, except in designated disposal areas or receptacles.

(2) Clean fish or other food, or wash any clothing or other article for personal or household use, or any dog or other animal, except at designated areas.

(3) Clean or wash any automobile or other vehicle except in areas specifically for that use.

(4) Pollute, or in any way contaminate by dumping or otherwise depositing therein, any waste or refuse of any nature, kind, or description, including human or animal bodily waste, in any city stream, river, lake, or other body of water running in, through, or adjacent to any city park area. (Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1303 § 6, 2002).

6.13.060 Expulsion from city park camping areas.

(1) In addition to the penalty provided by this chapter, the laws of the state of Washington or city ordinance, failure to comply with any section of this chapter, or of any other chapter of this title shall subject the person so failing to comply with expulsion from its city park in which the camping area is located for the following time period:

(a) One incident shall result in a 30-day expulsion.

(b) Two incidents within any three-year time period shall result in a 90-day suspension.

(c) Three incidents within any three-year period shall result in a one-year expulsion.

(2) When a person is expelled for failure to pay camping fees, the expulsion shall be limited to the camping area of the city park and the person expelled may not use or occupy a camping space until the term of expulsion is completed or the fees are paid, whichever event comes last.

(3) A person violating the restriction of an expulsion order is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable as set out in OHMC 6.13.110.

The administrator may reduce the time a person is expelled from the parks for good cause. (Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1411 § 8, 2005; Ord. 1303 § 7, 2002).

6.13.070 Towing of vehicles and removal of other property.

(1) When fees required are not paid or persons’ or camping parties’ camping privileges are terminated under OHMC 6.13.080 or persons are expelled under OHMC 6.13.060, vehicles or other property or both may be towed or otherwise removed at owner’s expense.

(2) Any vehicle parked in a camping area in violation of the provisions of this chapter may be towed at owner’s expense. Signage in the parks shall warn of the possibility of property being removed and vehicles towed at owner’s expense.

(3) When a vehicle is towed or other property has to be removed, that vehicle may not occupy a campsite without payment of fees required under this chapter or 90 days, whichever event comes last. (Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1411 § 9, 2005; Ord. 1303 § 8, 2002).

6.13.080 Termination of camping privileges.

(1) The administrator or the chief of police or designee of either the administrator or the chief of police may terminate the camping privileges of any person or party of campers when any person in the camping party has violated the provision of this chapter or any other chapter of this title.

(2) Occupancy of any camping site in a city park after the time of termination is unlawful and is a gross misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 or a jail sentence of up to one year or both such fine and jail time.

(3) Upon receiving notice of termination, the person or persons whose camping privileges have been terminated shall leave the camping area or areas of the city and remove all personal property and vehicles from the camping area prior to the time of termination.

(4) Notice of termination shall be in writing and, unless an emergency exists, shall provide the person or persons whose camping privileges have been terminated a minimum of four hours to remove their property or vehicles.

(5) Prior to or after the time for termination, the person or party whose camping privileges have been terminated may request an informal meeting with the administrator or his/her designee to review whether the termination notice should be adhered to.

A person or party of campers whose camping privileges have been terminated may not use camping facilities or camp in camping areas for a minimum of 90 days after the date of termination.

Whenever a person or party of campers whose camping privileges have been terminated by reason of failing to pay camping fees or by reason of late payment of camping fees, that person or party may not use city camping facilities or camp in city camping areas for a minimum of 90 days or until the unpaid fees are paid whichever event comes last. (Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1411 § 10, 2005).

6.13.090 Fee for overnight use required.

(1) A per night charge per the master fee schedule adopted by resolution of the city council shall be paid for each recreation vehicle parked in the Staysail RV Park located at Windjammer Park.

(2) A per night charge per the master fee schedule adopted by resolution of the city council shall be paid for use of each overflow campsite, tent campsite or special event campsite.

(3) Payment shall be made either online or at the kiosk located at Staysail RV Park within 30 minutes of arrival. Payment can also be made at City Hall during regular business hours. Campers with reservations may check in after 2:30 p.m. Campers without reservations shall make payment at the kiosk within 30 minutes of arrival at the RV park. Check out time shall be 12:00 p.m.

(4) A fee per the master fee schedule adopted by resolution of the city council will be assessed for online reservations.

(5) A fee per the master fee schedule adopted by resolution of the city council shall be assessed for the cancellation of online reservations. (Ord. 1696 § 47, 2014; Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1411 § 11, 2005; Ord. 1303 § 9, 2002).

6.13.100 Other fees for camping.

(1) Administrator may designate overflow areas for camping and provide regulation for use of such overflow area.

(2) A charge per the master fee schedule adopted by resolution of the city council shall be paid for each use of the trailer dump station at Staysail RV Park. Rate schedules shall be posted at the camping area, filed with the city clerk and available for public inspection. (Ord. 1696 § 48, 2014; Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1303 § 10, 2002; Ord. 1166 § 2, 1999; Ord. 1073 §§ 1, 2, 1996; Ord. 980 § 1, 1994. Formerly 6.13.015).

6.13.110 Penalties.

(1) Any person failing to pay camping fees under this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or a jail sentence of 90 days in jail or both such fine and jail time. Each day of violation shall be a separate offense.

(2) Any intentional violation of this chapter is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or a jail sentence of 90 days in jail or both such fine and jail time. Each day of violation shall be a separate offense.

(3) Any other violation of provisions in this chapter shall be a Class 1 infraction as defined in Chapter 1.28 OHMC. Each day of continuing violation shall be a separate infraction. (Ord. 1717 § 15, 2015; Ord. 1681 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1411 § 12, 2005; Ord. 1303 § 11, 2002).