Chapter 23 – Manufactured Homes

CHAPTER 23

MANUFACTURED HOMES

23-1-1 DEFINITIONS. Unless the context clearly regulates otherwise, the words and phrases set forth below shall have the meanings set forth in this Chapter.

(A) “Manufactured Home”. A structure, other than a double wide or modular home, designed for permanent habitation and so constructed as to permit its transport on wheels, temporarily or permanently attached to its frame, from the place of its construction to the location, or subsequent locations, at which it is intended to be a permanent habitation and designed to permit the occupancy thereof as a dwelling place for one (1) or more persons. A manufactured home is not and should not be confused with a travel trailer, motor home, camping trailer, recreational vehicle, or other similar structure. (Ord #614; 9/13/2007)

(B) “Permanent Habitation”. A period of two (2) or more months.

(C) “Mobile Home Park”. A tract of land or two (2) or more contiguous tracts of land upon which three (3) or more independent mobile homes are located for permanent habitation either free of charge or for revenue purposes, and shall include any building, structure, tent, vehicle or enclosure used or intended for use as a part of the equipment of such mobile home park.

(D) “Site”. The lot on which the mobile home is located for permanent habitation.

(E) “Individual Lot”. A tract of land must be a minimum of five thousand (5,000) square feet in order to qualify as an individual lot.

(F) “Individual Utilities”. The provisions for each mobile home of: a separate metered connection to electrical service; separate and metered water service from any approved public water supply or a separate private water supply; and a tapped connection to an approved public sewer system.

(G) “Dependent/Independent”. A structure for purposes of this Chapter shall be considered independent if it has a self-contained toilet and bath or shower facilities and dependent if it does not have a self-contained toilet and bath or shower facilities. (Ord #614; 9/13/2007)

23-1-2 LOCATION PERMIT REQUIRED. No manufactured home shall be placed in the Village without having a permit therefor issued by the order of the Village Board. In addition, all mobile homes must meet national standards for permanent mobile home tie downs. Manufactured homes must have skirts or underpinning between the ground level and the bottom of the manufactured home.

23-1-3 APPLICATION FOR PERMIT. Application for permits required by this Chapter shall be made in writing, including a drawing of the location of the placement of the mobile home, to the Village Clerk who shall issue the same upon written approval of a Village official endorsed upon such permit. No fee shall be charged for the permit. A Village official shall inspect the property to determine if such placement of a manufactured home will interfere with public utilities or with utility easements of the Village and to determine that said manufactured home complies with the provisions of this Chapter and to verify the registration number of said manufactured home.

23-1-4 REVOCATION OF PERMIT. The Village may revoke the permit in the event it is discovered that the placement of a manufactured home will interfere with public utilities or with a valid utility easement of the Village or if said manufactured home does not meet national standards for permanent mobile home tie downs or does not have the required skirting or underpinning.

23-1-5 SEWER RESTRICTIONS. No manufactured home park or individual manufactured home site shall be located or operated such that the drainage of the park or individual site area will endanger any water supply. No wastewater from any such manufactured home shall be deposited on the surface of the ground on which the manufactured home is resting.

23-1-6 ONE UNIT PER LOT. Only one (1) manufactured home is permitted per each Village lot, unless the same is in a state-approved manufactured home park, and no manufactured home, modular home or double-wide home is permitted on any Village lot where other residential or commercial structures exist.

23-1-7 SETBACK LINES. No manufactured home shall be parked closer than ten (10) feet to the side lot line, alley or building or closer than twenty (20) feet to a public street. Each individual site shall abut or face on a private or public driveway or roadway of not less than twenty-two (22) feet in width, which driveway or roadway shall have unobstructed access to a public highway or alley which shall have adequate roadway drainage. There shall be an open space of at least ten (10) feet adjacent to the sides of each manufactured home and at least ten (10) feet adjacent to the ends of each manufactured home such that there is a distance of at least twenty (20) feet between walls of each manufactured home and which space shall be exclusive of the roadway or private or public driveway. Each space or site upon which a manufactured home is accommodated shall be furnished and supplied with two (2) parking spaces for motor vehicles, which parking spaces shall not be located upon any street, alley or roadway, but upon land adjacent to or attached to the land on which the manufactured home is located.

23-1-8 AGE LIMITATIONS. No manufactured home being of a manufacture year fifteen (15) years or older than the current model year shall be brought into and located in the Village.

23-1-9 CONFORMITY WITH LAWS. All manufactured homes shall conform to the Village, county, state and federal laws, regulations or laws that may apply.

23-1-10 EXPANSION OR CONNECTING MANUFACTURED HOMES. No manufactured home shall be expanded, substituted or replaced, except in compliance with this Chapter. No two (2) or more individual manufactured homes shall be connected together, unless so designed by a manufacturer.

23-1-11 MANUFACTURED HOMES FOR STORAGE PROHIBITED. No manufactured home shall be used for storage or other non-residential purpose.

23-1-12 UNITS GRANDFATHERED. Nothing herein contained shall apply to or regulate the use or occupancy of any manufactured home placed upon a tract of land within the Village limits, prior to September 24, 1995. Said provisions shall further not apply to any successor in the ownership of any manufactured home placed upon a tract of land within the Village limits, prior to September 24, 1995. However, any manufactured home fifteen (15) years or older than the current model year shall not be moved from one lot within the Village limits to another lot within the Village limits. (Ord. No. 95-443; 09-14-95)

23-1-13 PROHIBITED RESIDENTIAL USES.

(A) Dependent Manufactured Home. It shall be unlawful to locate a dependent manufactured home in the Village unless placed in a stated-licensed travel trailer park.

(B) Independent and Dependent Travel Trailer. It shall be unlawful to permanently inhabit (i.e. reside in) an independent or dependent travel trailer, motor home, camping trailer, recreational vehicle, or other similar structure in the Village limits unless it is located in a state-licensed travel trailer park. Under no circumstances shall any travel trailer or motor home be hooked up to the Village utilities systems unless it is located in a state-licensed travel trailer park.

(C) Manufactured Home. It shall be unlawful to locate a manufactured home in a state-licensed travel trailer park without written permission of the Village Board.

(Ord #614; 9/13/2007)

23-1-14 UNOCCUPIED MANUFACTURED HOMES.

(A) Unoccupied – Proof of Inspection. Every owner of a manufactured home located within the Village limits, where said mobile home has not been occupied for a period of twelve months or longer, shall provide proof to the Village Clerk that said manufactured home has been inspected within the twelve month period preceding the owner’s application to the Village Clerk. Said inspection shall provide and certify that said manufactured home conforms to all relevant Illinois codes which regulate the building and construction of manufactured homes, including and not limited to the Illinois Mobile Home and Manufactured Housing Safety Act, and also conforms to all the requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the requirements of the Federal Mobile Home Construction and Safety Standards. Said inspection shall be performed only by a person who is certified to perform such inspections.

(B) Inspection Required for Occupancy. Until such time as the owner of a manufactured home that has been unoccupied for twelve months or longer provides proof of such inspection and until the Village Clerk approves the same, said owner shall not allow said manufactured home to be occupied by any person, and such allowance of occupancy without said inspection being provided to and approved by the Village Clerk shall constitute a violation of this Code.

(C) Definition of Owner and Occupied. Only for purposes of this section, the term “owner” shall mean that person or entity to whom the County Mobile Home taxes are being assessed. Only for purposes of this section, the term “occupied” shall mean that at least one person has lived in said manufactured home for at least one month within any twelve month period of time and that utilities were assessed and paid for at least one month within any twelve month period of time.

(Ord. No. 692, 12/8/2011

23-1-15 ABANDONED OR DANGEROUS AND UNSAFE MANUFACTURED HOMES. For all purposes of abatement of nuisances a manufactured home shall be deemed a building or structure as defined in any section of this Code relating to the abatement of nuisances, including but not limited to those nuisance provisions related to abandoned or dangerous and unsafe buildings or structures, and a manufactured home may be treated as if it were a building or structure affixed to real estate for purposes of nuisance abatement, including but not limited to the remedy of demolition. (Ord. No. 692, 12/8/2011)

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