All mobilehome living starts with the mobilehome park owner’s California Conditional Use Permit (CCUP), which contains all the standards and requirements to construct and maintain a rental mobilehome park. The CCUP is so important because these standards and requirements are the terms and conditions of park tenancy when the homeowner contracted to place his home investment, or purchase a home in the park. To change any of these standards or requirements would require an alternate permit and I believe would be a breach of the homeowner’ contract without mutual consent.
Before the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) issues a Permit to Operate, these standards and requirements of the CCUP, the provisions in the Mobilehome Parks Act ( Title 25 and the Health and Safety Code), must be constructed and provided. And they must be maintained for a yearly renewal of the Permit to Operate.
The Mobilehome Parks ACT. Standards and Conditions of the Park CCUP.
Title #25 #100 Application and Scope. The provisions of this subchapter shall apply to the construction, use, maintenance, and occupancy of mobilehome parks, mobilehome lots, permanent buildings, and accessory buildings and structures. The provisions shall also apply to the use, maintenance and occupancy of mobilehomes and recreational vehicles and the installation for supplying fuel gas, water, electricity and the disposal of sewage from accessory structures and mobilehomes wherever located both within and outside of mobilehome parks in all parts of the state.
CONSTRUCTION. Standards and Conditions in the CCUP
Title 25 #1054. The provision of this section relates to excavation, grading, and earth work construction, including fills, embankments are applicable to the construction of all new mobilehome parks and additions or alterations to existing mobilehome parks.
Title 25. #1044. All construction shall be in accordance with approved plans and specification and shall not be changed, modified or altered without approval of the enforcement agency.
Title 25 # 1050. Any person commencing construction without a valid permit shall discontinue such construction until a permit to construct is obtained and shall pay double the fees prescribed for plan checking and permits to construct.
Title 25 # 1328. Utility facilities. Prior to installation of a mobilehome for human habitation or occupancy, utility facilities for the mobilehome shall be provided on the lot or site. A sewer drain inlet connected to an approved sewage disposal system, and when provided installations and equipment for supplying heating purposes shall be completed and ready for connecting the mobilehome.
Title 25 #1130. Electrical. The requirements of this article shall apply to the construction, installation, alteration, and repair of all electrical wiring and equipment for supplying electrical energy to mobilehomes located in all parts of the state.
Title 25 # 1200. Fuel Gas. The requirements of this article shall apply to the construction, installation, arrangement, alteration and repair, of fuel gas equipment and installations for supplying fuel gas to mobilehomes to all parts of the state.
Title 25 # 1240 Plumbing. The requirements of this article shall apply to the construction, installation, arrangement, alteration and repair off all plumbing equipment and installations to supply water to mobilehomes and dispose of sewage from mobilehomes in all parts of the state.
USE. Standards and Conditions in the CCUP
When the park owner decides to change his vacant land into a rental mobilehome park, he will submit his CCUP plans to HCD for approval of a rental mobilehome park providing all these standards and requirements for a rental park. After he completes the standards and requirements of his CCUP, he receives a Permit to Operate issued by HCD. Then he considers his original investment, costs, operating expenses and a just return on his investment to establish a Base Rent low enough to interest affordable housing prospects.
OCCUPANCY. Standards and Conditions in the CCUP
The park owner decides what type of mobilehome park he will construct, a senior park, a 55+ age park, or a family park. If he chooses it to be a senior park or 55+ age park he is given special CCUP concessions because of the lower occupancy per housing unit, fewer requirements for parking spaces, less wear and tear on utility installations, and senior park services and facilities.
MOBILEHOME LOTS. Standards and Conditions in the CCUP
Title 25 # 1116 Mobilehome lots. (a). All mobilehome lots shall be numbered or designated by street number or other approved means and the lots defined. The lot designation shall be in a conspicuous location facing the roadway, or on the front side of the mobilehome nearest the roadway.
(c). Lot lines shall not be moved, shifted, or altered without written authorization from the local planning department and the occupants of the lots affected.
The park approved plot plan would show all the streets and mobilehome lots.
PERMANENT BUILDINGS, AND ACCESSORY BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES Standards and Conditions in the CCUP
These are too many too comment on, and each park would be different, but the provisions would cover roads, lighting, and the park facilities provided, all would have to be provided and approved.
MAINTENANCE Standard and Conditions in the CCUP
Title 25 #1604 Responsibility. The owner, or his designated agent of the mobilehome park shall be responsible for the safe operation and maintenance or all electrical, gas, and plumbing equipment and installations within the mobilehome park, under his or her ownership or control.
Health and Safety Code #18251. Standard and requirements. The Legislature finds and declares that the standards and requirements for construction, maintenance, occupancy, use, and design of mobilehome parks should guarantee mobilehome park residents maximum protection of their investment and a decant living environment.
Annual renewal of the park owner’s Permit to Operate is issued in accordance with these provisions, so that is why I feel it is so important to know these laws. It is not the homeowners’ responsibility to enforce the laws. HCD is the governmental enforcement agency and their statutory duty is to see all these Mobilehome Parks Act provisions are enforced. If not there could be penalties and /or the Permit to Operate may be suspended or revoked.
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