Chapter 8.24


8.24.010    Definitions.

8.24.020    Permit – Required.

8.24.030    Permit – Application – Fee.

8.24.040    Posting of permit required.

8.24.050    Caretaker required – Register maintained.

8.24.060    Regulations covering camp grounds.

8.24.070    Rule 1 – Supervision.

8.24.080    Rule 2 – Supervision.

8.24.090    Rule 3 – Supervision.

8.24.100    Rule 4 – Garbage and refuse.

8.24.110    Rule 5 – Camping space.

8.24.120    Rule 6 – Water supply.

8.24.130    Rule 7 – Water supply.

8.24.140    Rule 8 – Fires.

8.24.150    Rule 9 – Sewage and refuse disposal.

8.24.160    Rule 10 – Sewage and refuse disposal.

8.24.170    Rule 11 – Sewage and refuse disposal.

8.24.180    Rule 12 – Dogs.

8.24.190    Rule 13 – Construction and maintenance of buildings.

8.24.200    Rule 14 – Communicable diseases to be reported.

8.24.210    Violation – Penalty.

8.24.010 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter the following definitions shall apply:

A. “Camping party” is a person, or two or more persons together, using at the same time a tent, automobile, or automobile camping outfit, a camp wagon, or such other camping facilities for living or sleeping purposes.

B. “Public camp” is any place, area or tract of land upon which are located on said area or tract of land having a common use of any part thereof, or any convenience thereon. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.201)

8.24.020 Permit – Required.

No person shall operate, maintain, or offer for public use within the City any tract of land on which persons may camp or picnic either free of charge or by payment of a fee without a permit therefor from the Department of Health Services. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.202)

8.24.030 Permit – Application – Fee.

The permit required by this chapter shall be applied for and issued as prescribed by the County of San Diego. The annual fee for the permit shall be as prescribed in Chapter 8.20 PMC. (Ord. 268 § 1, 1988; Ord. 67 § 1, 1982; CC Ord. 6378 § 13, 1982; Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.203)

8.24.040 Posting of permit required.

No person shall establish, maintain, conduct or carry on any conspicuous place upon said area or tract of land upon which said public camp is located, a permit issued by the Department of Health Services in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.204)

8.24.050 Caretaker required – Register maintained.

No person shall maintain, conduct or carry on, or cause or permit to be maintained, conducted or carried on, any public camp, unless said camp shall be provided at all times with a resident caretaker whose duty it shall be to enforce all rules and regulations and to see that no law, nor this code nor City ordinance is violated by any person camping thereon. It shall be the duty of said manager or caretaker to keep a record of all camping parties, which said register shall specify the date of arrival of said camping party, the full name and permanent address of each person in said camping party, and in the event said camping party is traveling by means of an automobile, said register shall further specify the name of the owner of said automobile, the City and State in which said owner is a resident, the make of said automobile, the State in which said automobile is registered, the license number thereof and the year of its issuance. Said register shall at all times be open for inspection to all peace officers of the City and to the Health Officer. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.205)

8.24.060 Regulations covering camp grounds.

The rules and regulations specified in the following sections of this chapter shall be applicable to every public camping ground, and it is unlawful for any person maintaining, operating, conducting or carrying on any such public camp to violate, or cause or permit to be violated, any of said rules or regulations. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.206)

8.24.070 Rule 1 – Supervision.

The management of every public camp or picnic ground shall assume responsibility for maintaining in good repair all sanitary appliances on said ground, and shall promptly bring such action as may be necessary to prosecute or eject from such ground any person who wilfully or maliciously damages such appliances or any person who in any way fails to comply with the regulations of this chapter. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.207)

8.24.080 Rule 2 – Supervision.

At least one caretaker shall be employed by the management to visit said camp or picnic ground every day that campers or picnickers occupy said ground. Such caretaker shall do whatever may be necessary to keep said ground and its equipment in a clean and sanitary condition. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.208)

8.24.090 Rule 3 – Supervision.

Every owner and lessee of any public camp or picnic ground shall be held responsible for full compliance with these regulations. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.209)

8.24.100 Rule 4 – Garbage and refuse.

Supervision and equipment sufficient to prevent littering of the ground with rubbish, garbage or other refuse shall be provided and maintained. Flytight depositories for such materials shall be provided and conspicuously located. Every camp or picnic spot on said ground shall be within a distance of not over 200 feet from such a depository. These depositories shall not be permitted to become foul smelling or unsightly or breeding places for flies. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.210)

8.24.110 Rule 5 – Camping space.

Each camping party shall be allowed usable camping space of not less than 350 square feet. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.211)

8.24.120 Rule 6 – Water supply.

A water supply of sanitary quality shall be provided in ample quantity to meet all requirements of the maximum number of persons using such ground at any time. Said water supply shall be easily obtainable from its source or on a pipe distribution system, faucets from which shall be located not more than 300 feet from any camp or picnic spot within such ground. If water supply is obtained direct from above ground source, said source must be covered properly and water withdrawn by means of open pipe or faucet. In no case shall dipping from open springs be permitted. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.212)

8.24.130 Rule 7 – Water supply.

Any water in the vicinity of such ground which may be unsafe for human consumption to which campers or picnickers may have access shall be either eliminated or purified, or shall be kept posted with placards definitely warning persons against its use. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.213)

8.24.140 Rule 8 – Fires.

No fires shall at any time be so located as to endanger automobiles or other property in the camp ground. No fires shall be left unattended at any time, and all fires shall be completely extinguished before leaving. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.214)

8.24.150 Rule 9 – Sewage and refuse disposal.

The method of final sewage or refuse disposal utilized in connection with the operation of any camp or picnic ground shall be such as to create no nuisance. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.215)

8.24.160 Rule 10 – Sewage and refuse disposal.

Flytight privies or waterflush toilets shall be provided and shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. Separate toilets for men and women shall be provided, one for each 25 men and one for each 25 women of the maximum number of persons occupying such ground at any time. No camp or picnic spot within such ground shall be at a greater distance than 400 feet from both a men’s or women’s toilet. The location of all toilets shall be plainly indicated by signs. Toilet buildings shall be at all times lighted properly and from sunset to sunrise proper lights shall be kept burning. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.216)

8.24.170 Rule 11 – Sewage and refuse disposal.

A sufficient number of slop sinks or sinks shall be provided, and each shall be connected with a sewerage system or covered cesspool. These are to be used for the disposal of domestic wastewaters. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.217)

8.24.180 Rule 12 – Dogs.

Dogs shall be tied up and at no time be permitted to run at large in any public camp. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.218)

8.24.190 Rule 13 – Construction and maintenance of buildings.

If cottages, cabins, dwelling houses or other buildings to be used for human habitation are erected in any public camping ground, the following minimum requirements for their construction shall be observed, in addition to other requirements of this code and City ordinances:

A. All floors shall be raised at least 18 inches above the ground and space underneath shall be kept free of obstruction.

B. All floors shall be constructed of tongue and groove material.

C. Interior walls shall be of surfaced lumber or other material that may be kept clean and shall be constructed so that they may always be kept in a thoroughly clean condition.

D. No room used for sleeping purposes shall have less than 630 cubic feet of air space.

E. The area of window space in each sleeping room shall be equal to at least one-eighth of the floor area of the room.

F. Windows of sleeping rooms shall be so constructed that at least one-half of each window can be opened.

G. Cooking shall not be permitted in any sleeping room.

H. If a kitchen is provided it must be equipped with running water and a sink connected with a sewerage system, septic tank or a covered cesspool. Kitchens must be screened against flies and mosquitoes.

I. If a private toilet is provided it must be waterflushed and connected with a sewerage system or septic tank. Rooms containing such toilets must have window openings to the outside air and their floors must be constructed of impervious material.

J. If a bathroom is provided it must have an impervious floor and must have a window opening to outside air. Baths and lavatories must be connected with a sewerage system, septic tank or cesspool.

K. Covered metal garbage containers must be provided, at least one for every two buildings.

L. Buildings shall be cleaned daily and after each occupancy shall be thoroughly cleaned. If bedding is provided it must be kept in a clean condition. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.219)

8.24.200 Rule 14 – Communicable diseases to be reported.

It shall be the duty of the management of any public camp to report immediately to the Health Officer any person afflicted with or reasonably suspected of being afflicted with a communicable disease. Upon receiving a report of communicable disease in a public camp, it shall be the duty of the Health Officer to take such steps as are necessary for the protection of public health. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.220)

8.24.210 Violation – Penalty.

Any person violating the provisions of PMC 8.24.020, 8.24.030 and 8.24.200 shall be deemed guilty of an infraction. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 66.221)