[HISTORY: Derived from Ch. IV, Sec. 4-6, of the Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Fort Lee, 1978, adopted 3-1-1979. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The unregulated and uncontrolled operation of laundries, launderettes, laundermats, laundromats and dry-cleaning establishments creates serious problems affecting the citizens of the borough and also the welfare of Fort Lee in that:
To permit such establishments to operate on a twenty-four-hour-a-day basis creates serious problems of police supervision and fire hazards;
To permit such establishments to remain open without supervision by the owners thereof creates additional problems in that dangers to infant children arise due to the fact that such children may be mangled or otherwise injured by the operation of machinery in the establishments;
That the presence of coin boxes and receptacles constitutes an invitation to thieves to break in and steal; and
That the operation of the establishments for a twenty-four-hour-a-day period constitutes an invasion of the peace and quiet which the citizens of Fort Lee should enjoy in their homes.
No laundry, launderette, laundermat, laundromat or dry-cleaning establishment shall be open for the conduct of business on any day of the week other than between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., prevailing time.
Business licensed under the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the following rules and regulations:
All applicable provisions of the building, electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilating codes and Fire Department regulations must be complied with.
All unused electrical outlets located in public areas must be disconnected or covered with plates.
Vent flues for gas-fired equipment must conform to the standards established by the American Gas Association.
The area used by the public must be adequately lighted during business hours.
The area used by the public must not be obstructed to view from the outside.
The water heating system must be completely enclosed and locked to the general public.
Soft drink vending machines shall be of the type which dispense the drink from the machine directly into paper containers.
Public telephones shall be wall hung and may not be enclosed.
Coin-operated music and amusement machines may not be located within the licensed premises.
Washers shall be installed so that their backs are inaccessible to the general public.
Dryers shall be installed so that their tops and backs are inaccessible to the general public.
Dryer doors shall be so equipped that they can be opened from the inside.
Dryers shall be equipped with a device which will cause them to cease operating upon opening of their doors.
Washers installed after this chapter takes effect shall be equipped with a device that causes them to cease operating upon the opening of their doors, or with safety locks on their doors so that they cannot be opened during the spin dry cycle of the washer.
Washers shall not exceed 25 pounds capacity. Washers having over 20 pounds capacity shall be anchored to the floor so as to prevent them from moving.
Dryers shall not exceed 50 pounds capacity.
Separate extractor machines shall not exceed 16 pounds capacity; shall be securely anchored to the floor and shall be equipped with safety locks so that their doors cannot be opened while the machine is in operation. Installation of separate extractor machines, whether it be an original installation or a replacement of an existing one, shall not be allowed from the date this chapter takes effect.
Children under 12 years of age shall not be permitted on the licensed premises unless accompanied by an adult and a sign to that effect shall be displayed in a prominent place on the licensed premises.
Rest rooms for the use of the public shall not be allowed on the licensed premises.
A "No Loitering" sign shall be prominently displayed in all licensed premises.
Each licensee shall in the application for license set forth the name, address and telephone number of the person in charge of the conduct of the business and shall also advise in writing the Secretary of the Fire Prevention Bureau of the borough of the name, address and telephone number of the person in charge. This person shall be required, upon notification by any borough official or the Fire Prevention Bureau, forthwith, to do any act required by such official which he deems necessary for the health, safety or welfare of the general public.
The Mayor and Council may for cause suspend or revoke the license of any person or corporation after due notice to the licensee and hearing before the Mayor and Council if a hearing is requested by the licensee within 48 hours after service of the notice. The notice referred to in this chapter shall be in writing and signed by the Borough Clerk and shall state the nature of the complaint and shall be served on the licensee personally or by leaving it at the residence address as given in the application for such license.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- LAUNDRY, LAUNDERETTE, LAUNDERMAT, LAUNDROMAT and DRY-CLEANING ESTABLISHMENT
- Any establishment of the so-called "coin" variety, whereby the facilities of such an establishment are available to a patron by the insertion of a coin or coins to set the machinery in motion.
The license fee for laundry and dry-cleaning machines, for each revenue-producing machine, shall be $5 per year.