TOWN OF BETHANY BEACH - PUBLIC NOTICE
The Bethany Beach Town Council adopted the following ordinance at its meeting held on Friday, June 17, 2011.
An Ordinance Amending Chapter 231 (“Boats, Personal Watercraft, and Boat Trailers”) to Regulate the Parking and Placement of Recreational Vehicles and Portable on Demand Storage Units
This Ordinance amends Chapter 231 (“Boats, Personal Watercraft and Boat Trailers”) by inserting new sections regulating the parking and placement of recreational vehicles and portable on demand storage units. This ordinance does not apply to RVs stored or parked inside a fully-enclosed garage in such manner that the RV is not readily visible from the street or from any neighboring properties. Otherwise, the parking, placement, or storage of RVs on residentially-zoned or residentially-used properties is limited to not exceeding seven days (in the aggregate) within any thirty (30) consecutive day period. RVs are defined as “vehicles or trailers used or designed for temporary human living quarters or sleeping quarters, whether or not propelled by a motor, including (but not limited to) motor homes, self-propelled campers, and other motor vehicles with attached camper components.” Any RV found in violation shall be subject to removal in accordance with the same provisions as found in Chapter 316 “Abandoned Vehicles”. RVs may be parked in fully enclosed garages for unlimited periods of time, provided that the RVs are not readily visible from the street and from neighboring properties. This ordinance also restricts the placement or storage of portable on demand storage units (“PODS”) within the Town and requires a permit and payment of a permit fee to do so. Upon payment of a permit fee, any resident may obtain a permit to place or store a PODs unit on that resident’s property for personal use up to two separate occasions within any consecutive twelve-month period, not to exceed, in the aggregate, a total of fourteen days during any consecutive twelve-month period. For purposes in connection with construction, upon payment of a permit fee, any person may obtain a permit to place or store a PODs unit on private property for a period of up to 90 consecutive days during any consecutive twelve-month period. Such permit may be renewed or extended for an additional 90 consecutive days upon payment of an additional $50 permit fee. The maximum number of days for the placement or storage of a PODs unit for construction purposes under this subsection in any consecutive 12-month period shall be 180 days and shall expire upon the first to occur of: (i) the expiration of the 90 or 180 day permitted time limit; (ii) the expiration of the building permit; or (iii) the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. Permits are non-transferable. PODs units must be set back at least 3 feet from the front property line, cannot exceed 10 feet by 16 feet, and shall not pose a risk to the health, safety, or welfare of neighboring properties. Except for PODs units used for construction purposes, PODs units must be placed on a driveway. Only one PODS unit is permitted per property. This ordinance establishes penalties for violations and makes organizational changes to the penalty section. This ordinance became effective upon adoption.
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