City of Milford, CT
New Haven County
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Sec. 11-106 Compliance with article prerequisite to operation of occupancy; exception.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.1, 1-7-1963; Ord. of 10-1-1984]
No person shall operate a rooming house, boardinghouse, lodging house or hotel or shall operate or let to another for occupancy any rooming unit in any rooming house, boardinghouse, lodging house or hotel except in compliance with the provisions of every section of this article.

Sec. 11-107 Permit—Required.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.1, 1-7-1963; Ord. of 10-1-1984]
No person shall operate a rooming house, boarding house, lodging house or hotel unless he holds an annual permit issued by the Director of Health in the name of the operator and for the specific dwelling or dwelling units to be used for occupancy. This permit shall assure compliance with the provisions of this division and shall be required before a license to operate such facility is issued by the Milford Police Department. Also, inspection and approval by the Milford Fire Marshal shall be required.

Sec. 11-108 Same—Application; issuance; fees.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.1, 1-7-1963; Ord. of 10-1-1984; Ord. of 12-7-1992; Ord. of 6-2-2003]
The operator shall apply to the Director of Health for the permit required by Section 11-107, which shall be issued by the Director of Health upon compliance by the operator with the applicable provisions of this article and payment of a fee in the amount of $75.

Sec. 11-109 Same—Hearing on denial.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.2, 1-7-1963; Ord. of 10-1-1984]
Any person whose application for a permit required by Section 11-107 to operate a rooming house has been denied may request in writing and shall be granted a hearing on the matter under the procedure provided by Section 11-24 for the hearing on petitions relating to notices and/or orders.

Sec. 11-110 Same—Display.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.1, 1-7-1963]
The permit required by Section 11-107 shall be displayed in a conspicuous place within the rooming house, at all times.

Sec. 11-111 Same—Not transferable; notice to Director of Health upon transfer of house.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.1, 1-7-1963; Ord. of 10-1-1984]
No permit required by Section 11-107 shall be transferable. Every person holding such a permit shall give notice in writing to the Director of Health within 24 hours after having sold, transferred, given away, or otherwise disposed of ownership of, interest in, or control of any rooming house. Such notice shall include the name and address of the person succeeding to the ownership or control of such rooming house.

Sec. 11-112 Same—Suspension.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.3, 1-7-1963; Ord. of 10-1-1984]
Whenever upon inspection of any rooming house the Director of Health finds that conditions or practices exist which are in violation of any provision of this article, the Director of Health shall give notice in writing to the operator of such rooming house that unless such conditions or practices are corrected within a reasonable period, to be determined by the Director of Health, the operator's rooming house permit will be suspended. At the end of such period, the Director of Health shall reinspect such rooming house, and if he finds that such conditions or practices have not been corrected, he shall give notice in writing to the operator that the latter's permit has been suspended. Upon receipt of notice of suspension such operator shall immediately cease operation of such rooming house, and no person shall occupy for sleeping or living purposes any rooming unit therein.

Sec. 11-113 Same—Hearing on suspension; effect of failure to file request for hearing.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.4, 1-7-1963; Ord. of 10-1-1984]
Any person whose permit to operate a rooming house has been suspended, or who has received notice from the Director of Health that his permit is to be suspended unless existing conditions or practices at his rooming house are corrected, may request in writing and shall be granted a hearing if filed within 20 days following the day on which such permit was suspended, otherwise such permit shall be deemed to have been automatically revoked.

Sec. 11-114 Same—Expiration.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.1, 1-7-1963; Ord. of 12-7-1992]
Every rooming house permit required by Section 11-107 shall expire on the first day of May following its date of issuance, unless sooner suspended or revoked as provided in this division. However, all licenses issued prior to May 1, 1992, that would expire January 31, 1993, shall remain in full force and effect through the first day of May 1993.

Sec. 11-115 Bathing and sanitary facilities—Generally.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.5, 1-7-1963; Ord. of 10-11-1984]
At least one flush water closet, lavatory basin and bathtub or shower, properly connected to a water and sewer system approved by the Director of Health, and in good working condition, shall be supplied for each six persons or fraction thereof residing within a rooming house, including members of the operator's family wherever they share the use of such facilities, provided that in a rooming house where rooms are let only to males, flush urinals may be substituted for not more than 1/2 the required number of water closets.

Sec. 11-116 Same—Placement.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.5, 1-7-1963; Ord. of 10-1-1984]
All facilities required by Section 11-115 shall be located within the dwelling as to be reasonably accessible from a common hall or passageway to all persons sharing such facilities. Every lavatory basin and bathtub or shower shall be supplied with hot water at all times in accordance with the provisions of Section 11-38. No such facilities shall be located in a basement except by written approval of the Director of Health.

Sec. 11-117 Bed linen, etc.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.6, 1-7-1963]
The operator of every rooming house shall change supplies, bed linen, and towels therein at least once a week, and prior to the letting of any room to any occupant. The operator shall be responsible for the maintenance of all supplies and bedding in a clean and sanitary manner.

Sec. 11-118 Means of egress.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.7, 1-7-1963]
(a) 
Every rooming unit shall have safe, unobstructed means of egress leading to safe and open space at ground level, as required by the statutes, ordinances and regulations of the state and the City.
(b) 
Each story of every building used as a rooming house shall have at least two means of egress from each floor and shall be as remotely located from one another, as possible, so as to provide the best practicable means of egress for all occupants in the event fire or other emergency renders one exit impassable. Stairways leading from one level to another shall be segregated at each level, with no holding open devices, having a fire resisting rating of at least one hour. Elevators shall not be approved as an approved form of egress. Exit signs shall be required showing location of approved exits. Rooming houses having more than five roomers shall be required to have an approved emergency lighting system.

Sec. 11-119 Storage area; restrictions.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 16.1, 1-7-1963]
All rooming houses shall have a storage area minimum of 40 square feet for the storage of miscellaneous articles of the occupants and no storage other than this will be allowed. The storage of gasoline powered equipment such as lawn mowers, snow plowers, outboard motors or gasoline shall not be allowed within such buildings excepting a room for the storage of this type of equipment, necessary for mowing of lawns, removal of snow, etc., shall be provided at grade level and access to such room shall be only from the outside. If storage space is to be provided for automobiles, etc, with occupancies above, such space shall be segregated from all areas of occupancies by doors, floors, walls and ceilings having a fire-resisting rating of not less than two hours, with adequate ventilation directly to the outside.

Sec. 11-120 Operator's responsibility for maintenance and sanitary condition generally.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.8, 1-7-1963]
The operator of every rooming house shall be responsible for the sanitary maintenance of all walls, floors and ceilings and for maintenance of a sanitary condition in every other part of the rooming house; and he shall be further responsible for the sanitary maintenance of the entire premises where the entire structure or building is leased or occupied by the operator.

Sec. 11-121 Application of rooming house provisions to hotels.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.9, 1-7-1963]
Every provision of this article which applies to rooming houses shall also apply to hotels, except as provided in Section 11-122 and except to the extent that any such provision may be found in conflict with the laws of this state or with the lawful regulations of any state board or agency.

Sec. 11-122 Preparation and eating of meals restricted.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.10, 1-7-1963]
No meals may be prepared or eaten in a rooming house, other than in a dwelling unit contained therein, unless such meals are prepared and eaten in communal kitchens and dining rooms conforming to the standards of Sections 11-123 and 11-124 except that this section shall not apply to the eating of meals in establishments which hold valid restaurant licenses issued by the City health department and which have the rooming house and restaurant operations integrated as a single business enterprise.

Sec. 11-123 Communal kitchen standards.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.11, 1-7-1963]
A communal kitchen shall comply with the following standards:
(1) 
It shall contain at least 60 square feet of floor area in every case and at least 100 square feet if meals are both prepared and eaten therein.
(2) 
If occupants are permitted to eat meals therein, it shall be supplied with one dining chair and two linear feet of dining table space, in addition to the surface area for food preparations required under Subsection (2) below, for each occupant of the rooming house permitted to eat in the kitchen, the surface of each dining table to be smooth and easily cleanable;
(3) 
It shall contain at least one supplied kitchen sink of an approved type which shall be supplied with hot water at all times in accordance with the provisions of Section 11-38;
(4) 
It shall contain at least one supplied kitchen gas stove or electric stove, every such stove to have at least two top burners and an oven;
(5) 
It shall contain one supplied electric or gas refrigerator with an adequate food storage capacity;
(6) 
It shall contain one or more supplied tables or other facilities having a total surface area for food preparation of not less than six square feet, the surface of each table or other facility to be suitable for the preparation of food, smooth and easily cleanable;
(7) 
It shall contain at least one supplied cabinet of adequate size for and suitable for storage of food and eating and cooking utensils;
(8) 
It shall be supplied by the operator with the rubbish storage facilities and the garbage disposal or storage facilities specified by Section 11-37;
(9) 
It shall be located within a room accessible to the occupant of each rooming unit sharing the use of such kitchen without going outside of the dwelling and without going through a dwelling or rooming unit of another occupant.

Sec. 11-124 Communal dining room standards.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.12, 1-7-1963]
Where a communal kitchen does not conform to the provisions of Section 11-123 relating to the eating of meals therein, meals shall be eaten in a communal dining room that complies with the following standards:
(1) 
It shall contain at least 70 square feet of floor area;
(2) 
It shall be supplied with one dining chair and two linear feet of dining table space for each occupant of the rooming house permitted to eat in the dining room, the surface of each dining table to be smooth and easily cleanable;
(3) 
It shall be located on the same floor of the rooming house as the communal kitchen in which the meals are prepared and shall be as nearly adjacent to the communal kitchen as it is practicable; and
(4) 
It shall be located within a room accessible to the occupant of each rooming unit sharing such dining room without going outside of the dwelling and without going through a dwelling unit or rooming unit of another occupant.

Sec. 11-125 Posting of "No Cooking" signs required.

[Ord. No. 63-2, § 10.13, 1-7-1963]
The operator of any rooming house shall post in every rooming unit a sign on which shall be written or printed in letters not less than 3/8 of one inch in height the following words: "No Cooking Permitted in This Room," and such sign shall remain so posted at all times the room is occupied.

Sec. 11-126 through Sec. 11-131. (Reserved)