§ 150.076  MOBILE HOMES.
   (A)   The following requirements are supplementary to the standards in the Illinois Mobile Home Safety Act and the Rules and Regulations adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health pursuant thereto.  No mobile home shall hereafter be brought into this municipality unless said home conforms to construction/safety standards adopted by the Illinois Mobile Home Safety Act.
   (B)   After the adoption of this section, individual mobile homes used for residential living quarters shall be located in the MH Mobile Home Zoning District.
   (C)   No mobile home shall be brought into or placed anywhere on individual lots within the Residential Districts R-S, S-1 and S-2.
   (D)   After the effective date of this section, existing mobile homes in Residential Districts R-S, S-1, S-2 will be permitted as long as they are owner occupied.  Owner occupied mobile homes may be upgraded or replaced.  Such mobile homes cannot be rented or leased.  When the owner occupied mobile home no longer exists, the property will be re-zoned the same as the district that surrounds it.
   (E)   No mobile home or trailer shall be allowed to be placed in the City of Litchfield that is 10 years of age or older.
   (F)   (1)   (a)   Guidelines for skirting inside the Mobile Home District. All mobile homes shall have perimeter skirting as described below to enhance the appearance of the home and to prevent rodent harborage. Skirting shall be placed on 1 continuous course of cinder block. Cinder block course shall be placed on a minimum 8-inch wide by 12-inch deep trench footing below grade. Footings shall have 2 strands of #5 reinforcement placed horizontally 4 inches below finish. Cinder blocks shall have 5/8-inch diameter anchors doweled/epoxy and core filled every 4 feet and 2 feet from corners at a minimum of 8 inches in depth. Skirting shall have a flame spread rating of 200 or less and shall be approved by the Building Department. Skirting shall be placed from the top of the cinder block to the underside of the dwelling. Skirting shall be equipped with an inspection door at least 24 inches wide by 24 inches high. Mobile/modular home skirting shall be properly vented. Minimum venting shall be 1 square foot of ventilation for each 150 square feet of under floor area.
         (b)   Guidelines for skirting outside the Mobile Home District. All mobile/modular homes shall have permanent perimeter skirting as described below to enhance the appearance of the home and to prevent rodent harborage. Skirting shall either be house brick or cinder block. Skirting shall bed on an 8-inch wide by 32-inch deep continuous trench footing below grade. Footings shall have 2 strands of #5 reinforcement placed horizontally 4 inches below finish. Brick or block shall be placed on footings and shall continue to the underside of the dwelling. Cinder blocks shall have 5/8-inch diameter anchors doweled/epoxy and core filled every 4 feet and 2 feet from corners at a minimum of 8 inches in depth. Brick/cinder block skirting shall be placed on top of footing and continue to the underside of the dwelling. Permanent perimeter skirting shall be equipped with an inspection door at least 24 inches wide by 24 inches high. Mobile/modular home skirting shall be properly vented. Minimum venting shall be 1 square foot of ventilation for each 150 square feet of under floor area.
      (3)   Mobile homes must be located on a stand extending the full length of the underside supports of the mobile home.  Said stand shall be constructed and located so as to facilitate placement and removal of the mobile home in relation to the abutting roadway.  The stand shall consist of 1 of the following:  6-inch thick reinforced concrete runners; a 4-inch thick reinforced concrete slab; or concrete piers constructed and located so as to facilitate placement and removal of the mobile home in relation to the abutting roadway.  The piers shall be constructed of concrete in cylindrical shape not less than 16 inches in diameter and to a depth of not less than 30 inches below surface grade and shall be located at no greater than 8 foot intervals extending the full length of the underside supports of the mobile home.
      (4)   Each mobile home shall have installed appropriate tie-down equipment, namely: frame tie downs 2 feet from each end and a maximum of 12 feet spacing on each side of the length of the home.
   (G)   All mobile homes shall be connected to all available public utilities in accordance with all requirements for any residential structures in the city, shall be appropriately skirted, and shall conform to all requirements that are applicable to conventionally constructed dwelling units in the “R” District.
   (H)   Mobile homes to be placed and occupied can only be allowed by approved license and occupancy permit.
      (1)   Every applicant for an original license shall submit to the City Clerk a written application for mobile license.  This application shall be accompanied by an inspection fee of $50.
      (2)   The license application shall be referred to the Building Inspector for review and inspection according to the minimum requirements established by this subchapter and other applicable ordinances, statutes and regulations.  The Building Inspector will either approve or deny the application.
      (3)   Issuance of the mobile home license by the Building Inspector shall authorize the applicant to proceed with installation, placement and location of the mobile home.  Occupancy of the dwelling will not be permitted until the issuance of an occupancy permit.
      (4)   The holder of an original mobile license must make application for an occupancy permit within 180 days.  If no application for an occupancy permit is filed with the Building Inspector, the license shall be revoked.  Any applicant denied an occupancy permit may reapply for an occupancy permit within 30 days of such denial by the Building Inspector.  If the applicant does not reapply for an occupancy permit within such 30 days, then the license issued shall be revoked.
   (I)   Existing mobile homes in the (MH) District, but not in a mobile home park or court, may be replaced provided the replacement mobile home meets the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs standards.
(Ord. 2831, passed 3-4-1999; Am. Ord. 3193, passed 9-4-2007; Am. Ord. 3200, passed 12-4-2007)