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North Topsail Beach Ordinances

North Topsail Beach, NC Unified Development Ordinance

Rogers Bay Ordinances  


It is the intent of this section to set minimum standards for existing campgrounds which have been

developed for occupancy on a temporary basis. A travel trailer or recreational vehicle is not a residential

structure, but is a vehicle in which people live temporarily. Throughout this section, use of either of the

phrases “travel trailer” or “recreational vehicle” shall be deemed to include both as defined in Article 11,


(A) Sanitation facilities. All toilet, shower, lavatory and laundry facilities, provided:

(1) Shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition;

(2) Shall be kept in good repair;

(3) Shall be safely and adequately lighted;

(4) Shall be easily accessible and conveniently located to all spaces;

(5) Shall be constructed according to applicable building codes and maintained in compliance with

all rules and regulations of the County Health Department; and

(6) Shall conform to any and all applicable laws of the town, the county and the state.

(B) Safe water supply required. A safe, adequate and conveniently located water supply must be

provided within each park. All water supply systems shall be installed, altered and operated pursuant to

the state and County Health Department guidelines, rules and regulations.

(C) Sewage disposal. Each park shall provide and maintain at least one sewage disposal station

(dump station) within the park, operated and constructed pursuant to all statutes, rules and regulations of

the state and the County Health Department. All sewage disposal systems shall be installed, altered and

operated pursuant to all applicable state statutes, and state and/or county rules and regulations.

(D) Garbage and solid waste. Each park shall provide solid waste storage, collection and disposal

within the park in such as manner as to not create a health hazard, promote rodents or insect breeding, or

cause accidents, a fire hazard or a nuisance from the odor. In addition, each park shall provide a

minimum of one leak-proof container with a tight-fitting lid and a capacity of at least 20 gallons for

every two spaces within the park. Such containers shall be no more than 150 feet from any space and

stored in such a manner as to prevent spillage. Alternate methods of solid waste collection may be

approved on an individual park basis by the director of public works. Approval of alternate systems will

not be arbitrarily withheld provided that the collection systems would appear to the director to comply

with the spirit of this provision.

(E) Electrical services. Where electrical service is provided, the installation and use of such facilities

shall conform to all applicable codes and be subject to inspection by the town building inspector.

(F) Manufactured homes prohibited. It shall be unlawful for a person to park or store a manufactured

home in a travel trailer park.

(G) Road worthiness required at all times. Each park shall maintain a permanent record book which

shall be available during regular business hours of the park for inspection by the Town Building

Inspector, containing the following information:

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(1) Name and address of owners of each travel trailer or recreational vehicle located within the park

at any point in time;

(2) Date when the vehicle was parked in its current location;

(3) License plate numbers for each vehicle. Every travel trailer or recreational vehicle located

within the town shall maintain a current license plate issued by the state or the department of motor

vehicles or similar agency within the state where the vehicle is registered;

(4) A notation as to the date of each inspection by park officials to verify that each vehicle is

properly licensed and road worthy. ROAD WORTHY shall be defined as being fully intact so that the

vehicle can be removed from the park within a reasonable time in the event that an emergency situation

arises requiring evacuation of the island. A vehicle that has the tongue or other device needed to tow the

vehicle removed, the axles removed, flat tires, missing tires or tires in extremely poor condition shall not

be considered road worthy; except that vehicles designed with a quick-release system relating to the

tongue or other towing device, may detach the device and store it within close proximity of the vehicle.

Additionally, vehicles that, for whatever reason, are neither capable of self-propulsion nor towable by a

light-duty truck as originally designed by the manufacturer shall not be considered road worthy. Any

vehicle requiring a Department of Transportation permit or any other special permit for towing is

specifically prohibited from placement within any travel trailer park. Additionally, any vehicle in excess

of 320 square feet, as measured in the towing mode, is prohibited within any travel trailer park; and

(5) In connection with this subsection, each park in existence at the time of the adoption of this

amendment shall submit a park design to the Building Inspector within 30 days, indicating the number

of spaces within the park, their relative positions and all streets within the park. All spaces should be

appropriately numbered on the design and following approval of the numbering system by the building

inspector, such numbers must be displayed within the park.

(H) Structural attachments to travel trailers are prohibited. All structural improvements or additions

to a travel trailer or used in connection with a travel trailer which might contribute to a delay or the

inability to readily remove that or any other trailer from its parking space are prohibited. In addition, all

attachments or improvements to travel trailers or used in connection with travel trailers not herein

specifically permitted are prohibited.

(1) The following attachments or improvements are permitted:

(a) Any addition built into the travel trailer by the manufacturer and designed to fold out or

extend from the trailer which does not interfere with the immediate removal of the trailer or any other

travel trailer;

(b) Decks which are:

i.) Properly anchored;

ii.) Not in excess of ten feet by 20 feet, however, alternate configurations may be approved by

the building inspector, on a case by case basis, provided that no deck may exceed 200 square feet. The

approval of alternate configurations may not be arbitrarily withheld;

iii.) No more than ten feet perpendicular to the travel trailer;

iv.) No more than 20 feet parallel with the travel trailer;

v.) One level, not more than 16 feet from grade;

vi.) With or without rails;

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vii.) Covered by a canvas awning attached to the travel trailer, but not to the deck itself or a

cover certified by a state licensed professional engineer to meet or exceed the 130 mph wind load

requirement of the State Building Code, and can be capable of being securely stored within one hour;


viii.) Not placed in such a manner as to interfere with the removal of the travel trailer that it is

used in connection with, or any other travel trailer.

(c) Storage boxes or bins not in excess of three feet by four feet by three feet or storage boxes or

bins not in excess of three feet two inches (38 inches) by four feet three inches (51 inches) by six feet

five inches (77 inches) or the equivalent Rubbermaid type storage bin which is properly anchored; and

(d) Landscaping or vegetation which does not interfere with the immediate removal of the travel


(I) Improvement permits required. Any improvements or repair activity within a travel trailer park or

in connection with a travel trailer, whether within a park or not, may require permits. Any individual

contemplating improvements or repair to or in connection with a travel trailer must consult the building

inspector before commencing any action.

(1) Uncovered decks to be used in connection with travel trailers require building permits. The

application for the building permit must include an engineered drawing of the proposed deck and its

position relative to the travel trailer, the street and any other travel trailer nearby. Building permits will

be issued jointly in the name of the travel trailer owner and the park and indicate the space number

where the activity is approved. No deck shall impede the ingress or egress of any recreational vehicle

either to, from or within the travel trailer park.

(2) All development activities shall comply with all state statutes and rules and regulations adopted

pursuant to the Coastal Area Management Act.

(3) All development activity located within the town shall conform to FEMA requirements as set

out in the flood damage prevention ordinance and as amended from time to time by either FEMA or the

Board of Aldermen.

(J) Compliance. Campgrounds are required to comply with 44 C.F.R. § 60.3, the 2012 North Carolina

Building Code, as amended and this ordinance. New recreational vehicle parks and the placement of

recreational vehicles are not permitted in the town, pursuant to State Building Code § G601.1, as

amended and the town’s adoption of V Zone construction standards throughout Coastal AE Zones.

(K) Existing campgrounds. Existing campgrounds are classified as a nonconforming use, subject to

the provisions of this section. Expansion of an existing campground is prohibited pursuant to the State

Building Code § G601.1, as amended and § 9.01.01 of this ordinance. No deviations are allowed without

a special use permit pursuant to § 2.06.04.

(L) Recreational vehicles. Recreational vehicles may be permitted in existing campgrounds provided

that the unit is on site for fewer than 180 consecutive days and be fully licensed and ready for highway

use. A recreational vehicle is ready for highway use if it is on its wheels or jacking system, is attached to

the site only by quick disconnect type utilities, and has no permanently attached additions.

(M) Evacuation. In the interest of public safety due to an impending hazardous condition, the Board

of Aldermen is authorized to call for the mandatory evacuation of all travel trailers and recreational

vehicles. Failure to obey the mandatory evacuation order shall constitute a violation of this ordinance.

(Ord. passed 11-2-2011; Ord. 2013-3, passed 6-17-2013)

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