[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Geneva 7-3-1968 as Ch. 70 of the 1968 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall operate or maintain a private proprietary hospital, private nursing home, private sanitarium, convalescent home, home for the aged or for chronic patients or other private proprietary institution within the city wherein over three human beings are or may receive medical care or attention and/or nursing care or custodial supervision unless the person operating such private hospital, sanitarium, nursing home, convalescent home, home for the aged or for chronic patients or other proprietary institutions furnishing supervision shall have procured and have in full force and effect a license to operate such home at a specific address from the Health Department of the city issued under the provisions of this chapter.
Application for licenses shall be made at the office of the Health Officer. Such applications shall be in writing and shall contain such information as the Health Officer may require and shall be verified by the applicant.
Upon receipt of such application, the Health Officer shall refer the same to the Fire Chief and the Enforcement Officer. Inspection of the premises where said institution is to be conducted shall be made by the Enforcement Officer and the Fire Chief who shall certify to the Health Officer whether the premises are safe and proper for the operation of such an institution.
The Health Officer, upon the receipt of the certificate of approval from the Fire Chief and the Enforcement Officer, shall, if in his opinion, the applicant is fit and qualified to operate such an institution and the premises are satisfactory to them, and if, in his judgment, public health, safety and welfare are not endangered by the operation of such an institution on said premises, issue a license.
All licenses shall state the location, name of licensee, the type of the institution for which the license was issued, date of issuance, date of expiration, fee paid and the number of rooms to be used for the purpose so licensed and the legal number of occupants who may be accommodated therein under such license.
All licenses shall automatically expire on the 31st day of December following the date of issuance, and applications for new licenses shall be made in the same manner as for the original license except that the time for filing for said license shall be during the last three months of the original or existing license.
Licenses shall not be transferable either as to person or place.
The fee for licenses issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be $10 per license per annum. If a license is issued on or after July 1 and before December 31 in any year, the license fee for that period of time shall be 1/2 of the fee herein provided.
The license issued by the Health Officer shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the building to which the license applies.
The Health Officer, the Enforcement Officer, the Fire Chief or their subordinates may enter upon any premises for which a license is sought or for which a license has been issued at any time for the purpose of inspection and examination.
The Health Officer is hereby authorized and empowered to make necessary rules and regulations to carry out the purpose of this chapter to protect the public health, safety and welfare, a copy of which rules and regulations shall be delivered to the applicant upon making application for license. The applicant shall sign a receipt for such rules and regulations, which receipt shall be a part of his application.
A copy of any new rules or regulations made by the Health Officer shall be mailed to each person licensed hereunder and a copy of any special rules or regulations which are deemed necessary in individual cases shall be delivered either personally or by registered mail.
The Health Officer may at any time after giving notice to the licensee and an opportunity to be heard, suspend or revoke any license, if in his judgment, public health, safety and welfare are not secure by reason of the violation of any rule or regulation of the Health Officer, promulgated pursuant to the terms of this chapter or for any other cause, including but not limited to any of the terms of this chapter or of the State Multiple Residence Law. The Health Officer shall cause notice of such hearing to be served at least five days prior to the hearing upon the licensee personally or by registered mail.