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Borough of Little Ferry, NJ
Bergen County
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[1982 Code § 233-1]
As used in this chapter:
Shall mean an establishment or place of business conducted for the purpose of washing, cleaning, drying and laundering clothes and other washable materials that may be brought to the establishment or place of business by customers and wherein the work is done in machines, coin-operated or otherwise, located on the premises, by the customers themselves or by or under the supervision of the owners or operators of the establishment or place of business for the customers and shall include a laundromat, wash-o-mat, washeteria and similar names and types under which laundering of the self-service type is carried on.
Shall mean any person, firm, partnership, corporation or any other entity including the agents thereof.
[1982 Code § 233-2]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to operate any launderette without securing from the Board of Health a license for that purpose. A separate license shall be required for each establishment. The license shall expire on the 31st day of December following the date of its issuance.
[1982 Code § 233-3; New]
The annual license fee for the full year, or any portion thereof, shall be at the rate set by the current Board of Health License Schedule which may be found in Chapter IV, General Licensing and Business Regulations, Section 4-3, Board of Health License Fees.
[1982 Code § 233-4; New]
The entire premises shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.
All areas where the actual work of washing or laundering is performed shall be adequately ventilated and provided with sufficient natural or artificial light.
All walls shall be covered with nonabsorbent paint, cement or other impervious material.
There shall be available an adequate supply of water for flushing and cleaning purposes.
All machines shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
The floor shall be kept clean and dry.
No unnecessary or unreasonable noise or vibration shall be permitted, and the machinery shall be so maintained that they will not constitute an annoyance to residents in the neighborhood, nor will they constitute a detriment to the well-being of persons residing in the area.
No diapers or any other articles containing bodily excrement or discharges shall be permitted to be washed on the premises.
Each machine used for washing or laundering shall be supplied with an automatic control capable of providing for a process adequate to clean articles of any description, which process shall require not more than thirty (30) minutes of operation, consisting of washing with a recognized detergent and not less than two (2) rinses, with water to a temperature of one hundred forty-five (145°F.) degrees Fahrenheit during the entire cleaning process.
Each machine may provide an automatic control capable of providing for a process requiring not more than twenty (20) minutes of operation with water to be a temperature of one hundred forty-five (145°F.) degrees Fahrenheit for the washing of perishable materials, such as woolens, blankets and similar fabrics.
All dryers shall be required to provide, when in operation, a temperature of not less than one hundred sixty (160°F.) degrees Fahrenheit.
At all times during the hours of operation, there shall be at least one (1) attendant on the premises to maintain complete compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
All machines shall be kept thoroughly clean and in a sanitary condition at all times.
Machines shall be kept in working order.
Machines not in working order shall be repaired immediately or designated not in use.
No detergent or chemicals shall be used which are deemed to be harmful to or which interfere with the operation of the Little Ferry sewer system.
No water from the operation of the launderette shall be discharged into the storm sewers or drainage structures of the Borough.
The launderette shall operate only during the hours from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
[1982 Code § 233-5]
The operation of a launderette in violation of the provisions of this chapter or the commission of any act in violation of any of the provisions thereof is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the public health.
All acts which are declared and defined by this chapter to constitute a nuisance shall be abated and removed by the owners or operators of the premises wherein the same exists upon notice from the Board of Health.
If the owners or operators, when notified, shall not comply with the notice or order, the Board of Health shall abate the nuisance.
[1982 Code § 233-6]
Any person who shall violate or fail to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter or with any order of the Board of Health or its representative shall, upon conviction, be subjected to a fine at the discretion of the court imposing it, of not more than five hundred ($500.00) dollars. If the fine is not paid within five (5) days, in addition to the imposition of jail time for contempt of court, the court may order the establishment closed, until an officer of the Little Ferry Board of Health certifies that the establishment is in compliance with this chapter and all fines and license fees have been paid. The court is authorized to empower the Little Ferry Police Department to carry out the orders of the court.
Each day during which a violation shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.