Chapter 9.32
UNAUTHORIZED CAMPING

Sections:

9.32.010    DEFINITIONS.

9.32.020    UNAUTHORIZED CAMPING IN PUBLIC PLACES.

9.32.030    UNAUTHORIZED STORAGE IN PUBLIC PLACES.

9.32.040    PERMIT.

9.32.050    PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS.

9.32.060    RULES AND REGULATIONS.

9.32.010 DEFINITIONS.

The following definitions are applicable in this chapter unless the context otherwise requires:

(a)    "Camp" means (1) to dwell, reside within or use camping facilities for temporary or permanent habitation or housing; and/or (2) to use camping paraphernalia.

(b)    "Camping facilities" include, but are not limited to, recreational vehicles, motor vehicles, trailers, tents, huts, or temporary shelters.

(c)    "Camping paraphernalia" includes, but is not limited to, tarpaulins, cots, beds, sleeping bags, hammocks, or non-City-designated cooking facilities and similar equipment.

(d)    "Director" means any Director of a City of Bremerton department having authority over a public place or any other person authorized by the Mayor to exercise such authority or his or her designee.

(e)    "Park" means and includes all City parks, public squares, park drives, parkways, boulevards, golf courses, park museums, zoos, bathing beaches, and play and recreation grounds under the jurisdiction of the City of Bremerton Parks and Recreation Department.

(f)    "Public place" means and includes streets, ways, boulevards, sidewalks, planting or parking strips, shoulders, squares, triangles, rights-of-way, publicly owned parking lot or publicly owned area, improved or unimproved, and other public places appropriated to the public for public use, including buildings, structures and appurtenances situated thereon.

(g)    "Recreational vehicle" means a travel trailer, motor home, truck camper, or camping trailer that is primarily designed and used as temporary living quarters, is either self-propelled or mounted on or drawn by another vehicle, is transient and is not immobilized or permanently affixed to a mobile home lot.

(h)    "Store" means to put aside or accumulate for use when needed, to put for safekeeping, to place or leave in a location.

(i)    "Street" means any highway, avenue, lane, road, street, drive, place, boulevard, alley, right-of-way, and every way or place in the City of Bremerton open as a matter of right to public vehicular travel. (Ord. 4898 §1, 2004)

9.32.020 UNAUTHORIZED CAMPING IN PUBLIC PLACES.

Except as permitted by permit pursuant to BMC 9.32.040 or as otherwise provided by City Code or ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any person to camp in any park or other public place. (Ord. 4898 §1, 2004)

9.32.030 UNAUTHORIZED STORAGE IN PUBLIC PLACES.

Except as permitted by permit pursuant to BMC 9.32.040 or as otherwise provided by City Code or ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any person to store, pitch or park camping facilities or to store or pitch camping paraphernalia in any park or other public place. Recreational vehicles may be parked in authorized parking spaces within City public rights-of-way subject to the provisions of Chapter 10.11 BMC. (Ord. 4898 §1, 2004)

9.32.040 PERMIT.

(a)    The Director is authorized, by permit, to allow persons to camp, occupy camping facilities, or use or store camping paraphernalia within or on any park or other public place that may be designated by the City for such use in the City of Bremerton subject to other applicable codes or ordinances.

(b)    The Director may approve a permit as provided under this section if the Director determines that:

(1)    Adequate trash receptacles, trash collection and sanitary facilities are available;

(2)    The camping activity will not unreasonably disturb or interfere with the peace, comfort, and repose of property owners in the area; and

(3)    The camping activity is not reasonably likely to provoke disorderly conduct or create a disturbance.

(c)    The Director may place terms and conditions on any permit as he or she finds appropriate for the conditions considering the use and impacts of such use. (Ord. 4898 §1, 2004)

9.32.050 PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS.

(a)    Civil Infraction. A violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a civil infraction subject to a monetary penalty of one hundred five dollars ($105.00). Each day, or a portion thereof, during which a violation occurs shall constitute a separate violation.

(b)    Habitual Violators - Misdemeanor. Any person, after receiving three or more infractions, singularly or in combination, for prior violations of this chapter within a two (2) year period found to be committed by the Municipal Court shall be guilty of a misdemeanor pursuant to BMC 1.12.020(2) upon a subsequent violation within said two (2) year period. A conviction of a misdemeanor under this subsection shall be considered and counted as an infraction for the purpose of determining whether or not a violator is a habitual violator. (Ord. 4898 §1, 2004)

9.32.060 RULES AND REGULATIONS.

The Director may promulgate rules and regulations he or she deems necessary and appropriate to implement, administer and enforce this chapter. (Ord. 4898 §1, 2004)