Chapter 24.04
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARK AND SUBDIVISION RULES

Sections:

24.04.010    Objectives.

24.04.020    Definitions.

24.04.030    New construction standards.

24.04.040    Operation and maintenance.

24.04.050    Facilities management.

24.04.060    Severability.

24.04.010 Objectives.

These regulations set forth minimum requirements for development and operation of recreational vehicle parks and subdivisions. The regulations are supplemented by guidelines containing specific design information for various types of park developments and facilities and information as to how the provisions of this chapter can be met. (Ord. 89-24 (part)).

24.04.020 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the words set out in this section shall have the following meanings:

“Dependent space or lot” means a space or lot at which there is no sanitary sewage connection provided.

“Guidelines” means environmental health guidelines for park development and operation developed by the Office of Environmental Health Programs, Health Services Division, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, July 1977.

“Health officer” means the legally designated health officer as defined in RCW 70.05.010 (2) or the health officer’s authorized representative.

“Independent space or lot” means a space or lot at which sewer and water services are provided for connection to a recreational vehicle.

“New construction” means all new recreational vehicle parks or subdivisions or the expanded portions of existing park or subdivision approved after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this title.

“Person” means any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, association or an agent of any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, association or an agency of state, county or municipal government.

“Recreational vehicle” means a vehicular type unit, as defined by the Department of Labor and Industries, designed for temporary living quarters for recreational, camping or travel use, which either has its own motor power or is mounted on or drawn by another vehicle.

“Recreational vehicle park” means a parcel of land in which three or more sites are primarily for occupancy by recreational vehicles for travel, recreation or vacation uses. Only spaces in a mobile home park that are designated and/or are used for recreational vehicles shall constitute a recreational vehicle park. For the purposes of these regulations, the recreational vehicle park shall include camping clubs as defined in RCW 19.105.010.

“Recreational vehicle subdivision” means a subdivision in which three or more lots are primarily for occupancy by recreational vehicles for travel, recreation or vacation uses.

“Service building” means a building within a park which contains toilet, lavatory and/or bathing facilities and/or laundry facilities.

“Sewage dumping station” means a facility used for removing and disposing of sewage from recreational vehicle holding tanks. (Ord. 90-10 Exh. A (part); Ord. 89-24 (part)).

24.04.030 New construction standards.

A. Plans and Specifications.

1. No person shall construct or establish a new park or subdivision unless plans and specifications containing information adequate to evaluate the proposal for compliance with these regulations shall have first been submitted to and approved in writing by the health officer. Plans and specifications for additions, extensions, or modifications to an existing park or subdivision must also be submitted to and approved by the health officer if such changes are covered by provisions of this regulation. Any proposed deviations from said approved plans and specifications must first be approved in writing by the health officer.

2. The contents of plans and specifications submitted pursuant to this section shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:

a. The area and dimensions of the tract of land;

b. The number, size and location of dependent and independent spaces;

c. The location of service buildings, sewage dumping stations and other structures;

d. Specifications of the water supply, sewage disposal, wastewater disposal and solid waste management systems;

e. Specifications of all service buildings to be constructed.

3. Evaluation of plans and specifications may include a site evaluation by health department personnel to determine if there are site limitations relating to installation of sewage systems, water supplies or other factors of environmental health concern which may make the site unsuitable for the proposed development.

4. Within 30 calendar days following receipt of plans and specifications, the health officer shall issue a written approval, disapproval, or inform the applicant in writing of any changes necessary to comply with these regulations.

B. Water Supply.

1. Water supplies serving parks and subdivisions shall conform to the requirements of WAC 248-54, Rules and Regulations of the State Board of Health Governing Public Water Supplies. Where an existing public water supply of satisfactory quantity and quality is reasonably available, the health officer may require connection to and exclusive use of, that supply.

2. Community water points for potable water shall have unthreaded faucets and shall discharge at least 30 inches above the ground. Suitable drainage shall be provided.

3. All spaces or lots not served by an individual water service shall be provided with a community water point no more than 100 feet away.

4. If provided, individual water service connections shall meet the following requirements:

a. Water riser pipes shall extend at least six inches above ground elevation. Surface drainage shall be diverted away from the riser pipe.

b. Underground stop and waste valves are required and shall be located so as to preclude sewage or other contaminants from entering the stop and waste valve.

c. Plumbing shall conform with the current State Uniform Plumbing Code.

d. Sewage Disposal.

i. All sewage from parks and recreational vehicles shall be discharged into a sewage disposal system approved by the local health officer. Where connection to a public sewer system is not feasible, the park shall have sewage disposal facilities constructed in accordance with applicable state and local regulations.

ii. Each park which has dependent space or lots shall have adequate and conveniently located sewage dumping station(s).

iii. Sewage dumping stations shall consist of a trapped four-inch sewer inlet pipe connected to an approved disposal system, surrounded at the inlet by a concrete apron sloped to the drain and provided with a self-closing, hinged cover. A water outlet, equipped with a backflow prevention device, shall be provided to permit periodic wash-down of the immediate adjacent areas. A sign shall be posted near the water outlet indicating that this water is for flushing and cleaning purposes only.

iv. Individual sewer service will not be required to lots or spaces that do not have an individual water service connection. Individual sewer service will be required on one-third of the spaces or lots that do have individual water service connections. Based on use, the health officer may require individual sewer and water services to all spaces or lots.

The sewer riser pipe shall be constructed so as to be protected from damage and surface water drainage. A concrete apron or equivalent shall be used.

The sewer connection outlet must have a tight fitting cap when not in use.

v. Sink wastes must be discharged into an approved flytight container.

e. Toilet, Lavatory and Bathing Facilities.

i. Parks or subdivisions shall provide conveniently located service buildings or toilet facilities.

ii. All dependent spaces or lots shall be located within 400 feet of a toilet facility.

iii. Minimum sanitary facilities required per dependent space or lot in parks or subdivisions shall be according to the following table:

Number of Dependent Spaces or

Toilets

Urinals

Handwashing Sinks

Lots

Men

Women

Men

Men

Women

1–15

1

1

1

1

1

16–30

1

2

1

2

2

31–45

2

3

1

3

3

46–60

2

4

2

3

3

61–80

3

5

2

4

4

81–100

3

6

2

4

4

For parks or subdivisions having more than 100 dependent spaces or lots, there shall be provided: One additional toilet and lavatory for each sex for each additional 30 spaces or lots or fractional part thereof, and one additional urinal for each additional 50 spaces of lots or fractional part thereof.

iv. The minimum sanitary facilities required for independent spaces or lots shall be one toilet and one handwashing sink per sex per 200 spaces or fractional part thereof.

v. Service buildings shall be well-lit and ventilated and constructed of materials which are easily cleaned. Floors in service buildings shall be constructed of water-impervious material and sloped to a floor drain.

vi. Walls and partitions around showers, lavatories and other plumbing fixtures shall be constructed of nonabsorbent, waterproof material or covered with moisture resistant material.

vii. Toilet partitions shall be raised 12 inches from the floor and shall be so constructed as to be easily cleanable.

viii. Buildings shall conform with the current edition of the Uniform Building Code.

f. Other Requirements.

i. The maximum size of an individual storage shed shall be 100 square feet.

ii. No enclosed room shall be added to a recreational vehicle.

iii. Only one recreational vehicle per space is allowed.

iv. Storage sheds shall not be used for living purposes. (Ord. 90-10 Exh. A (part); Ord. 89-24 (part)).

24.04.040 Operation and maintenance.

All recreational vehicle parks or subdivisions shall be required to meet all maintenance and operation standards.

A. Permits.

1. No person shall operate a recreational vehicle park or subdivision unless an annual permit for said park or subdivision has been issued by the health officer.

2. The health officer is authorized and directed to make such inspections as are necessary to determine satisfactory compliance with the provisions of this chapter. The results of such inspections shall be submitted in writing to the park operator. For purpose of such inspection, the health officer shall have free access at reasonable times. If all standards required by this chapter are met, upon payment of a fee, the permit will be issued.

3. Upon written notice to an operator, the health officer may suspend or revoke the permit of a park or subdivision or take such other action as the health officer may deem necessary, whenever the health officer finds that the park or subdivision is not in compliance with these regulations.

4. Parks which are issued permits for a recreational vehicle park which also have an area for mobile homes shall not be required to have a separate permit for the mobile home area but shall have to meet all physical standards and the spaces may be counted in charging the permit fee.

B. Water Supply. Water supplies serving parks and subdivisions shall conform to the requirements of WAC 284-54, Rules and Regulations of the State Board of Health regarding public water systems.

C. Sewage Disposal.

1. The sewer riser pipe shall be capped in an approved manner when not in use.

2. Sink water must be discharged into an approved flytight container.

3. Sewer line connections shall be tight-fitting.

4. Sewage dumping stations shall consist of a pipe connected to an approved disposal system, surrounded at the inlet by a concrete apron, sloped to the drain and provided with a cap or cover. A water outlet, equipped with a backflow prevention device, shall be provided to permit periodic wash-down of the immediate adjacent areas. A sign shall be posted near the water outlet indicating that this water is for flushing and cleaning purposes only.

D. All Service Buildings and Sanitary Facilities Shall Be Kept Clean and in Good Repair.

1. Existing lavatories, showers and other bathing units shall provide hot water between the minimum temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the maximum temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. If soap is provided, liquid or powdered soap in a suitable dispenser shall be used. Bar soap shall not be provided.

E. Adequate Solid Waste Containers Will Be Provided. Each park or subdivision shall be equipped with adequate solid waste containers for all occupants. All solid waste containers shall be constructed so as to be insect and rodentproof, watertight and easily cleanable.

F. Occupancy Limits. Occupancy of the park shall not exceed the capacity of the sanitary facilities serving the park. (Ord. 90-10 Exh. A (part); Ord. 89-24 (part)).

24.04.050 Facilities management.

A. Park Management. Any person operating a park shall operate in compliance with these rules and regulations and shall provide adequate supervision to maintain the park, its facilities and equipment in good repair and in a clean and sanitary condition.

B. Subdivision Management. The person responsible for maintaining community property and central facilities shall be considered to be the operator of the subdivision and shall be responsible for supervision and management. (Ord. 89-24 (part)).

24.04.060 Severability.

If any provision of this chapter or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of this chapter, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected. (Ord. 89-24 (part)).