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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 25.44 Trailer Parks

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Chapter 25.44
Trailer Parks

Sections:

25.44.010 Definitions.
25.44.020 License--Required--Fee.
25.44.030 Location of park.
25.44.040 Park plan requirements.
25.44.050 Sanitation facilities.
25.44.060 Laundry facilities.
25.44.070 Sewage disposal.
25.44.080 Refuse disposal.
25.44.090 Fire protection.
25.44.100 Register of occupants.
25.44.110 Other uses prohibited.
25.44.120 Revocation of license.
25.44.130 Violation--Penalty.

25.44.010 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, certain words and phrases are defined as follows:

A. "Trailer coach" is any portable structure or vehicle mounted upon wheels and used for living or sleeping purposes.

B. "Trailer coach park" is a plot of ground where five or more trailer coaches may be located, regardless of whether or not a charge is made for such accommodation.

C. "Trailer coach space" is a plot of ground within a trailer coach park designed for the accommodation of one trailer coach.
(Ord. 45479 1, 1950: 1960 C. 650.010.)

25.44.020 License--Required--Fee.

It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain or operate within the limits of the city any trailer coach park unless such person shall first obtain a license therefor. A written application for such license, signed by the applicant, shall be made to the license collector, stating the name and address of the applicant, the location of the trailer coach park, and that the location thereof is zoned as the "K" Unrestricted District, a complete plan showing the maximum number of trailers the park will accommodate, and plans of all proposed or existing buildings and improvements. Before such license shall be issued or renewed, the premises shall be inspected by the health commissioner and the building commissioner to determine whether the provisions of this ordinance [chapter] are complied with, and the chief of police shall cause an investigation to be made to determine the character and fitness of the applicant. The annual license fee for each trailer coach park shall be twenty-five dollars for five or less spaces and an additional five dollars for each space in excess of five. The license certificate shall be conspicuously posted on the premises at all times.
(Ord. 45479 2, 1950: 1960 C. 650.020.)

25.44.030 Location of park.

No trailer coach park shall be located in a district zoned other than the "K" Unrestricted District. Each boundary of such park shall be at least one thousand feet from any area other than the "K" Unrestricted District.
(Ord. 45479 3, 1950: 1960 C. 650.030.)

25.44.040 Park plan requirements.

The trailer coach park shall conform to the following requirements:

A. The park shall be located on a well-drained site, properly graded to insure rapid drainage and freedom from stagnant pools of water.

B. Trailer coach spaces shall be provided consisting of a minimum of 1,000 square feet for each space which shall be at least 25 feet wide and clearly defined. Trailer coaches shall be so harbored on each space that there shall be at least a 15-foot clearance between trailer coaches. No trailer coach shall be located closer than 10 feet from any property line bounding the park nor within 5 feet of the boundary of the trailer coach space.

C. All trailer coach spaces shall abut upon a driveway of not less than 20 feet in width which shall have unobstructed access to a public street, alley or highway. All driveways shall be hard-surfaced, well-marked in the daytime and lighted at night. with lamps of not less than 25 watts at intervals of 100 feet located approximately 15 feet from the ground.

D. Walkways not less than two feet wide shall be provided from the trailer coach spaces to the service buildings. The walkways shall be hard-surfaced, well-marked in the daytime and lighted at night with lamps of not less than 25 watts at intervals of 100 feet located approximately 15 feet from the ground.

E. Each park shall provide service buildings to house toilet facilities, bathing facilities, laundry facilities and other sanitary facilities as hereinafter more particularly prescribed.

F. An electrical outlet supplying at least 110 volts shall be provided for each trailer coach space.

G. An adequate supply of pure water for drinking and domestic purposes shall be supplied to meet the requirements of the park. The water supply shall be obtained from faucets only. No common drinking cups shall be permitted. Cold water supply faucets shall be located on each trailer coach space. An adequate supply of hot water shall be provided at all times in the service building for bathing, washing and laundry facilities.
(Ord. 45479 4, 1950: 1960 C. 650.040.)

25.44.050 Sanitation facilities.

Each park shall be provided with toilets, baths or showers, slop sinks and other sanitation facilities which shall conform to the following requirements:

A. Toilet facilities for men and women shall be either in separate buildings at least 20 feet apart or shall be separated, if in the same building, by a soundproof wall.

B. Toilet facilities for women shall consist of not less than one flush toilet for every 10 trailer coach spaces, one shower or bath tub for every 10 trailer coach spaces and one lavatory for every 20 trailer coach spaces. Each toilet, shower and bath tub shall be in a private compartment.

C. Toilet facilities for men shall consist of not less than one flush toilet for every 15 trailer coach spaces, one shower or bath tub for every 10 trailer coach spaces, one lavatory for every 10 trailer coach spaces and one urinal for every 15 trailer coach spaces. Each toilet and bath tub shall be in a private compartment.

D. Service buildings housing the toilet facilities shall be permanent structures complying with all applicable ordinances and statutes regulating buildings, electrical installations and plumbing and sanitation systems, and shall be located not closer than 10 feet nor farther than 250 feet from any trailer coach space.

E. Each service building shall contain at least one slop sink for each sex located in a separate compartment.

F. The service buildings shall be well-lighted at all times of the day or night, shall be well-ventilated with screened openings, shall be constructed of such moisture-proof material, including painted woodwork, as shall permit repeated cleaning and washing, and shall be maintained at a temperature of at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the period from October 1st to May 1st. The floors of the service building shall be of water impervious material and shall slope to a floor drain connected with the sewage system.

G. Adequate measures shall be taken to control roaches, flies, and mosquitoes in service buildings and to prevent breeding of such insects in the park areas. No conditions conducive to rat infestation shall be permitted and all necessary measures, including adequate rat-stoppage of service building, shall be taken to eliminate rat infestation.

H. All service buildings and the grounds of the park shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and kept free of any condition that will menace the health of any occupant or the public or constitute a nuisance.
(Ord. 45479 5, 1950: 1960 C. 650.050.)

25.44.060 Laundry facilities.

The laundry facilities shall be provided in the ratio of one double laundrytub and ironing board for every 20 trailer coach spaces. An electrical outlet supplying current sufficient to operate an iron shall be located conveniently near the ironing board. Drying spaces shall be provided sufficient to accommodate the laundry of the trailer coach occupants. The service building housing the laundry facilities shall be a permanent structure complying with all applicable ordinances and statutes regulating buildings, electrical installations and plumbing and sanitation systems.
(Ord. 45479 6, 1950: 1960 C. 650.060.)

25.44.070 Sewage disposal.

Waste from showers, bathtubs, toilets, slop sinks and laundries shall be discharged into a public sewer system in compliance with applicable ordinances in such manner as will present no health hazard. All kitchen sinks, wash-basins, bath or shower tubs in any trailer coach harbored in any park shall empty into a sanitary sewer located on the trailer coach space.
(Ord. 45479 7, 1950: 1960 C. 650.070.)

25.44.080 Refuse disposal.

Tightly covered metal garbage cans and rubbish cans shall be provided in quantities adequate to permit disposal of all garbage and rubbish. Garbage and rubbish cans shall be located not farther than 200 feet from any trailer coach space. The cans shall be kept in sanitary condition at all times. Garbage and rubbish shall be collected and disposed of as frequently as may be necessary to insure that the containers shall not overflow.
(Ord. 45479 8, 1950: 1960 C. 650.080.)

25.44.090 Fire protection.

Every park shall be equipped at all times with at least one approved fire extinguisher in good working order for every 10 trailer coach spaces. In addition, the licensee shall require each trailer to be equipped with an approved fire extinguisher in good working order. No open fires shall be permitted at any place which would endanger life or property. No kerosene or oil lamps shall be used in trailers. All heating and cooking apparatus shall be connected to the open air by means of flues, except where the heating or cooking element is electricity. No trailer shall be permitted in such park unless provided with at least two means of exit.
(Ord. 45479 9, 1950: 1960 C. 650.090.)

25.44.100 Register of occupants.

A. It shall be the duty of the licensee to keep a register containing a record of all trailer coach owners and occupants located within the park. The register shall contain the following information:

1. Name and address of each occupant;

2. The make, model and year of all automobiles and trailer coaches;

3. License number and owner of each trailer coach and automobile by which it is towed;

4. The state issuing such licenses; and

5. The dates of arrival and departure of each trailer coach.

B. The park operator shall keep the register available for inspection, at all times, by law enforcement officers, public health officials and other officials whose duties necessitate acquisition of the information contained in the register. The register records shall not be destroyed for a period of three years following the date of registration.
(Ord. 45479 10, 1950: 1960 C. 650.100.)

25.44.110 Other uses prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain any trailer coach for dwelling purposes upon any plot of ground within the city except in a duly licensed trailer coach park. It shall be unlawful to remove the wheels or otherwise to fix said trailer coach permanently to the ground so as to prevent ready removal, unless a permit therefor is obtained from the building commissioner. Any such alteration shall be construed as converting the trailer into a single dwelling residence and shall make it subject to the requirements of the sanitary, zoning and building code ordinances.
(Ord. 45479 11, 1950: 1960 C. 650.110.)

25.44.120 Revocation of license.

Whenever any department of the city required to investigate or inspect trailer coach parks shall find a violation of the provisions of this chapter, the department shall notify the licensee of the violation. If the violation is not corrected subject to the approval of the department complaining, within a reasonable time after notification, the license may be revoked by the board of public service, after a hearing thereon.
(Ord. 45479 12, 1950: 1960 C. 650.120.)

25.44.130 Violation--Penalty.

Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined the sum of not less than five dollars nor more than two hundred dollars for each offense. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.
(Ord. 45479 14, 1950: 1960 C. 650.130.)

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