Chapter 15.32


15.32.010    Definitions.

15.32.020    Permit—Application—Compliance with law—Expiration—Renewal.

15.32.030    Permit—Transferability.

15.32.040    Permit—Procedure for revocation or suspension.

15.32.050    State permit required for owner of land.

15.32.060    Occupancy of trailers unlawful unless in trailer campground.

15.32.070    Disposition of money received by building inspector.

15.32.080    Maintenance of campground and equipment.

15.32.090    Location of trailers.

15.32.100    Minimum area for each trailer.

15.32.110    Drainage.

15.32.120    Paving of driveways and parking areas—Required.

15.32.140    Placement of utilities.

15.32.150    Water supply.

15.32.160    Unlawful uses of trailers.

15.32.170    Dogs running at large.

15.32.180    Toilet facilities.

15.32.200    Construction of floors and walls of water closets, bathtub and shower bath compartments.

15.32.210    Exemption from compliance with Sections 15.32.180 through 15.32.200.

15.32.220    Garbage receptacles.

15.32.230    Refuse and sewage disposal.

15.32.240    Lighting of campgrounds, water closets and bath units.

15.32.260    Enforcement—Right of entry of building inspector.

15.32.270    Violation—Penalty.

15.32.010 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter certain words and phrases are defined as follows, and certain provisions shall be construed as set forth in this chapter, unless it is apparent from their context that they have a different meaning:

A.    “Camp car or trailer” means any unit for living or sleeping purposes and which is equipped with wheels or similar devices used for the purpose of transporting it from place to place, whether by motive power or other means, and such unit, so equipped, shall be capable of being safely operated as a vehicle over the public thoroughfares of the state at a speed limit of forty-five miles per hour. Any such vehicle that is incapable of such safe operation, as aforesaid, is declared to be a dwelling, as defined in Section 15014 of the State Housing Act, and shall be subject to the provisions thereof relating to dwellings.

B.    “Campground” means any place, area or tract of land on which is located any camp car or trailer. (Prior code § 29.1: Ord. 86 §§ 1—3)

15.32.020 Permit—Application—Compliance with law—Expiration—Renewal.

Every person or operator of any campground or trailer park in the city shall make application to the building inspector for a permit to occupy, and it is unlawful for any person to operate or maintain any campground or trailer park within the confines of the city without first complying with all of the provisions applicable under this chapter and the laws of the state. The permit to occupy shall expire one calendar year from date of issue, and may be renewed upon written application. (Prior code § 29.25: Ord. 91 § 1; Ord. 86 § 5)

15.32.030 Permit—Transferability.

A permit to operate or maintain a campground shall be transferable upon the written application of the holder of the permit to the building inspector and with the consent of the department endorsed thereon. (Prior code § 29.26: Ord. 86 § 8)

15.32.040 Permit—Procedure for revocation or suspension.

Whenever it is found that any campground is not being conducted in conformity with the provisions of this chapter or the laws of the state, the permit to operate same shall be subject to revocation or suspension by the city council in the following manner:

A.    Upon instruction of the council, a notice shall be served by the building inspector on the person holding said permit specifying wherein he has failed to comply with this chapter and ordering him to appear before the city council, at a day and hour therein specified, not less than five days after the service of the notice on such permit holder, requiring him to show cause at such time and place why the permit should not be revoked or suspended.

B.    The notice shall be sent by registered mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested, to the person owning or operating the campground as such person’s name and address appears on the last equalized assessment roll or as known to the building inspector. A copy of such notice shall also be posted conspicuously on the campground alleged to be in violation of this chapter or any other ordinance of the city or the laws of the state. The office, or employee, of the building inspector, upon giving notice as required in this section, shall file an affidavit thereof with the clerk certifying to the time and the manner in which such notice was given. There shall also be filed therewith any receipt cards which may have been returned in acknowledgment of the receipt of such notices by registered mail. The failure of any owner or operator to receive notice shall not affect in any manner the validity of any proceedings taken under this chapter.

C.    At the time and place mentioned in the notice, the person holding the permit shall have the right to appear in person or by counsel, and to introduce such evidence as he may desire, and the city council shall confront the permit holder with any charges that the city council may have against him, and after the hearing, the city council may, at its discretion, revoke or suspend the permit. (Prior code § 29.27: Ord. 86 § 7)

15.32.050 State permit required for owner of land.

It is unlawful for any person who is the owner of or legally in charge of land within the city to permit the use, occupancy or maintenance of any trailer coach or camp car upon any of such land within the city as living or sleeping quarters, unless the owner or person legally in charge of such land has a license and a permit under Section 18200 of the Health and Safety Code of the state to maintain and conduct an auto and trailer camp as defined under Section 18002 of the Health and Safety Code of the state. (Prior code § 29.4: Ord. 86 § 22 (part))

15.32.060 Occupancy of trailers unlawful unless in trailer campground.

It is unlawful for any person to use, occupy or maintain any trailer coach or camp car upon an area or tract of land within the city as living or sleeping quarters unless the same is then located in an auto and trailer camp. (Prior code § 29.5: Ord. 86 § 22 (part))

15.32.070 Disposition of money received by building inspector.

All moneys received by the building inspector under the provisions of this chapter shall be paid into the city treasury and placed in the general fund. (Prior code § 29.6: Ord. 86 § 6)

15.32.080 Maintenance of campground and equipment.

Every person owning or operating a campground shall maintain such campground, and all permanent equipment in connection therewith, in a clean and sanitary condition and shall maintain such equipment in a state of good repair. (Prior code § 29.7: Ord. 86 § 9)

15.32.090 Location of trailers.

No camp car or trailer used for living or sleeping purposes in any campground shall be located within six feet of any other camp car or trailer or structure, nor shall any camp car or trailer be located within five feet of any lot line. Camp cars or trailers shall be arranged in rows abutting or facing on a driveway or clear unoccupied space of not less than fifteen feet in width, which space shall have unobstructed access to a public street or alley. The enforcement agency may allow a modification or deviation from the provisions of this section when unusual circumstances warrant the same, but in no event shall any trailer be located within three feet of any lot line. (Prior code § 29.8: Ord. 86 § 10)

15.32.100 Minimum area for each trailer.

An area of land shall be provided for each trailer in a campground, exclusive of driveways and service yards, of not less than that required by Section 18275 of the Health and Safety Code of the state and in no event less than one thousand square feet, including one off-lane parking space for each trailer space. (Prior code § 29.9: Ord. 245 § 4; Ord. 86 § 11)

15.32.110 Drainage.

Every campground shall be located on a well-drained area and the premises of every such campground or existing campground shall be maintained in a sanitary condition and shall be properly graded so as to prevent the accumulation of storm or casual waters. (Prior code § 29.10: Ord. 245 § 1 (part); Ord. 86 § 12 (part))

15.32.120 Paving of driveways and parking areas—Required.

All driveways and parking areas for trailers and automobiles in campgrounds shall be paved with plant mix surfacing, according to paving specifications for off-street paving to apply to trailer courts, prepared by the city engineer and adopted by the city council. (Prior code § 29.11: Ord. 245 § 1 (part); Ord. 86 § 12 (part))

15.32.140 Placement of utilities.

All utilities used in campgrounds including electrical wiring shall be placed underground. (Prior code § 29.13: Ord. 245 § 3)

15.32.150 Water supply.

An adequate supply of pure water for drinking and domestic purposes shall be supplied to meet the requirements of the campground. The water supply shall be obtained from faucets only, conveniently located in the campground, and no dipping vessels or common cups shall be permitted. (Prior code § 29.14: Ord. 86 § 13)

15.32.160 Unlawful uses of trailers.

It is unlawful for any person in any trailer court or trailer park to use or cause or permit to be used for occupancy the following:

A.    Any trailer coach from which any tire or wheel has been removed, or not maintained in a serviceable condition, except for the purpose of making temporary repairs or placing it in dead storage;

B.    Any trailer coach to which are attached any rigid water, gas or sewer pipes; provided, however, that metal tubing not to exceed one-half inch inside diameter may be used for water and gas;

C.    Any trailer coach which is supported with underpining or foundation to the ground; provided, however, that any stabilizing device may be used when spaced at intervals of not less than seven feet on either side of the trailer;

D.    Any trailer coach which does not conform to the requirements of the vehicle code of the state governing the use of trailers on public highways;

E.    Any trailer coach which does not carry a current yearly license issued by any state or foreign state motor vehicle department;

F.    Any trailer coach in an unsanitary condition or which is structurally unsound or does not protect its inhabitants against the elements;

G.    Any trailer coach to which there is attached or to which there is established less than six feet adjacent thereto any room or rooms or lean-tos, cabanas, verandas, wind breaks over six feet in height or carports as defined in the California Administrative Code; provided, however, that an approved awning entirely open on two sides may be allowed, and except as otherwise provided in this chapter. (Prior code § 29.15: Ord. 245 § 5; Ord. 86 § 14)

15.32.170 Dogs running at large.

Dogs at no times shall be permitted to run at large in any campground. (Prior code § 29.16: Ord. 86 § 15)

15.32.180 Toilet facilities.

There shall be not less than one water closet in a separate compartment for each sex for the first ten camp cars or trailers or fractional part thereof on all campgrounds. There shall be one additional water closet for each sex in a separate compartment for every ten additional camp cars or trailers or fractional part thereof; provided, however, that the ratio of toilets per campsites for independent trailers shall be as follows: two to thirty sites, two toilets; thirty-one to seventy sites, three toilets; seventy to one hundred sites, four toilets. (Prior code § 29.17: Ord. 245 § 6; Ord. 86 § 16)

15.32.200 Construction of floors and walls of water closets, bathtub and shower bath compartments.

The floors of every water closet, bathtub or shower bath compartment hereafter installed shall be constructed of cement or some other nonabsorbent material; the wall shall be a smooth waterproof material and the interiors of all water closets, bathtubs or shower compartments shall be maintained in a sanitary condition at all times. (Prior code § 29.19: Ord. 245 § 7 (part); Ord. 86 § 17 (part))

15.32.210 Exemption from compliance with Sections 15.32.180 through 15.32.200.

The building inspector may except any campground existing at the time of the passage of this chapter from fully complying with the provisions of Sections 15.32.180 through 15.32.200, and when in his discretion such deviation will not be detrimental to the health of the persons occupying the campground or to the proper sanitation of the premises. (Prior code § 29.20: Ord. 245 § 7 (part); Ord. 86 § 17 (part))

15.32.220 Garbage receptacles.

There shall be provided in every campground, such number of metal receptacles with close-fitting metal covers for garbage, refuse, ashes and rubbish as may be deemed necessary by the building inspector, and such receptacles shall at all times be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. (Prior code § 29.21: Ord. 86 § 18)

15.32.230 Refuse and sewage disposal.

It is unlawful to deposit any wastewater, drainage or material from plumbing fixtures, including any such fixtures within any camp car or trailer, on the surface of any campground. All such fixtures, when in use, must be connected to the city sewer system. (Prior code § 29.22: Ord. 86 § 20)

15.32.240 Lighting of campgrounds, water closets and bath units.

Every campground shall be provided with means of lighting the same at night and all public water closets and bath units shall be provided with sufficient lighting facilities which shall be kept lighted during the time from one-half hour after sunset until one-half hour before sunrise. (Prior code § 29.23: Ord. 86 § 21)

15.32.260 Enforcement—Right of entry of building inspector.

It shall be the duty of the building inspector to enforce all of the provisions of this chapter and, for the purpose of securing enforcement thereof, the building inspector or any of his duly authorized representatives shall have the right and are empowered to enter upon the premises of any campground now operating or which may hereafter be operated within the city to inspect the same and all accommodations connected therewith. (Prior code § 29.2: Ord. 86 § 4)

15.32.270 Violation—Penalty.

It shall be the duty of every person owning, leasing, renting or operating a campground in the city to comply with all the provisions of this chapter and any such person violating any of the provisions thereof or disregarding any order or findings of the city council with respect to such campground, or contributing in any way to the violation of this chapter shall be guilty of an infraction and shall be punishable as set forth in Section 1.08.020. (Ord. 677 § 1 (part), 1975; prior code § 29.3: Ord. 86 § 23)