Chapter 3.40


3.40.010    Purpose of chapter.

3.40.020    Mobile home defined.

3.40.030    Parking to conform to chapter.

3.40.040    Emergency and temporary stops permitted.

3.40.050    Parking mobile homes outside mobile home parks.

3.40.080    Penalty for violations.

3.40.090    Severability.

3.40.010 Purpose of chapter.

The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the parking and location of mobile homes as defined and to regulate mobile home parks in the city of Ritzville. (Ord. 485 § 1, 1961).

3.40.020 Mobile home defined.

A mobile home is defined as (1) a vehicle without motor power designated to be drawn by a motor vehicle and to be used for human habitation, or (2) for carrying persons and property or (3) for conducting a business and including a mobile home or trailer coach and any self-propelled vehicle having a body designed or converted to the same uses as an automobile trailer without motor power. (Ord. 485 § 2, 1961).

3.40.030 Parking to conform to chapter.

It shall be unlawful for any person to park or occupy any mobile home on any street, alley, or highway, or other public place or any tract of land owned by any person occupied or unoccupied within the city of Ritzville, Washington, except as provided in this chapter. (Ord. 485 § 3, 1961).

3.40.040 Emergency and temporary stops permitted.

An emergency or temporary stop of a mobile home as defined is permitted on any street, alley, or highway for not longer than one 24-hour period subject to any other prohibition, regulation, or ordinance for that street, alley, or highway. (Ord. 485 § 4, 1961).

3.40.050 Parking mobile homes outside mobile home parks.

No person shall park or occupy any mobile home on the premises of an occupied dwelling or on any lot which is not a part of the premises of an occupied dwelling either of which is situated outside of an approved mobile home park, except:

A. That the parking of one unoccupied mobile home in a private garage building or lot in any district is permitted; provided, that no living quarters shall be maintained or any business practiced in said mobile home while said home is so parked or stored.

B. That the parking of any unoccupied mobile home within the commercial district in any lot devoted to the purpose of selling, renting, or otherwise disposing of mobile homes is permitted, provided said mobile home is not located less than 10 feet from another mobile home building or structure; and provided further, that a permit has first been obtained from the city clerk/treasurer.

C. That a mobile home may be parked and occupied outside the mobile home park on premises of any occupied dwelling for a period not to exceed 30 continuous days.

D. During construction of a residence, a mobile home as defined herein may be located upon said site for the temporary use by the owner of such property as a residence for a period of six months, provided such trailer remains mobile, and provided further, that a permit is obtained from the city clerk/treasurer to ensure compliance with local and state health department requirements. Where substantial progress in construction or other good cause for failure to complete is shown a permit may be renewed for additional six-month periods. Upon the expiration of the permit, the use of the trailer as a residence shall be discontinued. No more than one trailer may be occupied or stored on the premises anytime. (Ord. 485 § 5, 1961).

3.40.080 Penalty for violations.

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed a civil infraction punishable in accordance with RCC 1.02.010, General penalty. (Ord. 1092 § 94, 2005; Ord. 485 § 8, 1961).

3.40.090 Severability.

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion of this chapter is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, it shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter. (Ord. 485 § 9, 1961).