Haslet officials restrict use of mobile storage units

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Haslet city officials are weary of movable storage units that seem to become a permanent fixture. But residents and businesses have nothing to worry about if they use these mobile units for a short time and then move them along.

The Haslet City Council at its Oct. 21 meeting approved a mobile storage unit ordinance that calls for users of movable storage units or buildings to register with the city. A fee would not be required for a registered storage unit that is not in place for more than five days, Mayor Bob Golden said.

“The City Council determined that the unregulated use of movable storage units or buildings (also known as PODs or U-Box) impairs and detracts from the quality of life in the city of Haslet,” City Administrator Jim Quin said in an email. “They subsequently adopted an ordinance setting forth the regulation, management and control of movable storage units on property within the city.”

If a registered mobile unit is on a lot for more than five days, a $50 permit fee will need to be paid. The permit will be valid for 30 days and can be renewed one time for an additional 30 days. Only one unit could be placed on a lot at one time and only two can be used on a lot each year.

Unregistered units or those kept on a lot longer than the allowed time periods of 30 or 60 days would be subject to a penalty, Quin said.

Concerning size, a mobile unit can only be eight high and eight feet wide, and the maximum allowable area is 128 square feet. Movable units must be placed on an improved surface – concrete, brick or asphalt – and can be no closer than five feet to any property line.

Quin said movable units cannot be placed in a rear or side yard and must be kept free of graffiti. “This ordinance is one step in improving the quality of life of the citizens of Haslet,” Quin said. “The ordinance discourages the placement of movable storage units on property for an elongated period of time.”

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