Ordinance 5

YOUTH CAMP

FOR HENNEPIN COUNTY

"The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners ordains:"

Section I: STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT RULES ADOPTED.

Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 144.71-144.74, 145A1.01 – 145A1.11, 375.51 - 375.55 and Minnesota Rules 4630.2300 – 4630.6550 relating to youth camps, including all subsequent amendments thereto, are adopted by Hennepin County by reference. Reference in 4630.2300 – 4630.6550 to Board or Board of Health shall be to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and their authorized representatives.

Section II: DEFINITIONS.

For the purpose of this ordinance the following words shall have the following meaning:

Subsection 1: "County" shall mean Hennepin County.

Subsection 2: "Health Authority" shall mean the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health
Department, its and its designated employees, agents, or contractors, as the Hennepin County Board may designate.

Subsection 3: "Youth Camp" shall mean a parcel or parcels of land with permanent buildings, tents or other structures together with appurtenances thereon, established or maintained as living quarters where both food and lodging or facilities therefore are provided for ten or more people, operated continuously for a period of five days or more each year for educational, recreational or vacation purposes, and the use of the camp is offered to minors free of charge or for payment of a fee. This definition does not include cabin and trailers camps, fishing and hunting camps, resorts, penal and correctional camps, industrial and construction camps, nor does it include homes operated for care or treatment of children and for the operation of which a license is required by State law.

Section III: LICENSE REQUIRED.

It is unlawful for any person to operate or permit the operation of a youth camp, regardless of whether a fee is charged for such use, unless Hennepin County has issued a valid license therefore which is in full force and effect. Licensing of youth camps shall be done pursuant to Hennepin County Ordinance No. 1. Only a person who complies with the provisions of this ordinance and ordinances applicable thereto of the city or cities in which the youth camp is located shall be entitled to receive a license.

Section IV: LICENSE FEES.

Fees for license issued hereunder shall be those established from time to time by resolution of the County Board of Commissioners.

Section V: LICENSE EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL.

Licenses issued pursuant to this ordinance expire on the last day of April each year. License renewal applications must be filed with the County Board prior to April 1, of each year.

Section VI: INSPECTION OF YOUTH CAMPS.

The Health Authority shall inspect every youth camp as frequently as he may deem necessary to ensure compliance with this ordinance but not less than once per year.

Section VII: CONSTRUCTION AND PLAN REVIEW.

All persons who hereafter construct, remodel or convert buildings or facilities for use as a youth camp shall conform and comply in their construction, erection or alteration with the requirements of this ordinance. Plans and specifications for such construction, remodeling or alteration which shall show layout; mechanical, plumbing, and electrical specifications; construction materials; and location and type of equipment and facilities shall be filed by its owner in the Office of the Health Authority. The statutory or home rule charter city shall not issue a building permit for the facility or remodeling or alteration permit for the facility until such plans have the approval of the Health Authority. The youth camp shall be constructed and finished in conformance with the approved plans. The Health Authority shall inspect the youth camp as frequently as he may deem necessary during construction to ensure that construction occurs in conformance with the approved plans. He shall conduct a final inspection prior to the start of operations and issuance of an approved license.

Section VIII: PENALTY.

Any person violating a provision of this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished pursuant to Hennepin County Ordinance No. 1.

This ordinance was current when published on this web site. To be certain that it has not been amended since published, contact the Hennepin County Community Health Department at the email address on the right.

Section IX: Separability

If any provision or application of any provision of this ordinance is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this ordinance.

Section X: Captions

The captions printed in boldfaced type before sections of this ordinance are mere catch words to indicate the content of the section.

Section XI: Effective date

After passage by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, this ordinance shall be effective on June 15, 2010.

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