Town of Secaucus, NJ
Hudson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Secaucus 4-9-74. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CAR WASH
An establishment or place of business wherein motor vehicles are driven, pulled, pushed, moved or conveyed in any manner through a machine or series of machines or other apparatus designed to clean, wash, dry or polish said vehicles, whether said work is done for or by members of the general public. "Car wash" shall also mean any establishment or place of business wherein motor vehicles are cleaned, washed, dried or polished by means of manual labor.
LAUNDERETTE
An establishment or place of business conducted for the purpose of washing, cleaning, laundering or drying clothes, fabrics or other materials brought to said establishment or place of business by individuals, and wherein the work is done by machines, coin-operated or otherwise, located on the premises, by the individuals themselves or by or under the supervision of the owners or operators of said establishment or place of business for said individual. Launderette shall not be intended to mean a facility located in a garden-type apartment complex for use by tenants of said complex.
[Amended 2-26-85 by Ord. No. 85-2]
LAUNDRY
An establishment or place of business conducted for the purpose of washing, cleaning, laundering or drying clothes, fabrics or other materials that may be brought to said establishment or place of business by customers, or which are collected or brought to said place of business or establishment by or under the supervision and control of the owners or operators of said establishment or place of business, and where all or any part of the work to be done is performed on said premises by or under the supervision and control of the owners or operators of said establishment or place of business, provided that "laundry" shall not be intended to mean establishments which launder clothes, fabrics or other materials exclusively by dry-cleaning methods. Laundry shall not be intended to mean a facility located in a garden-type apartment complex for use by tenants of said complex.
[Amended 2-26-85 by Ord. No. 85-2]
PERSON
Any individual, group, partnership, corporation or association.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a launderette, laundry or car wash in the Town of Secaucus without first having applied to and obtained from the Building Inspector of the municipality a permit to do so.
B. 
The fees for permits, to be paid annually to the town, are hereby fixed as follows:
[Amended 12-26-84 by Ord. No. 84-54]
(1) 
Coin-operated self-service car wash facilities: $30 per machine.
(2) 
Drive-through or conveyor belt car wash facilities: $100 per machine.
(3) 
Launderettes and laundries: $150 per establishment.
[Amended 9-22-92 by Ord. 92-34]
C. 
Every permit issued under the authority of this chapter shall be for the calendar year, or any part thereof, in which the same is issued. Applications for the renewal thereof shall be made before January 1 of the succeeding calendar year.
A. 
All establishments included within the provisions of this chapter shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at all times, shall be adequately ventilated and lighted and shall meet the requirements of all established state and local laws, codes and regulations.
B. 
No launderette, laundry or car wash exclusive of coin-operated self-service car wash facilities, shall operate unless there be present an attendant on the premises.
C. 
Each launderette, laundry or car wash shall have available a sufficient supply of water for cleaning and flushing purposes and shall be connected to a sanitary system for disposal of waste water approved by the local Board of Health.
D. 
All launderette, laundry and car wash walls shall be covered with nonabsorbent paint, cement or other impervious material or covering.
E. 
Each machine used in a launderette or car wash shall be inspected each day it is in operation and kept in good repair by maintenance personnel. A record shall be kept of the maintenance and repairs made.
F. 
The owner or operator of each launderette car wash shall, immediately upon discovery of any defect in the construction, operation or setting of any machine or facility, remove from service and conspicuously mark such machine or facility which is defective, and shall not permit the use of such machine or facility until said defect is corrected.
G. 
Every launderette shall be designed and constructed so as to allow that all areas open to the public, other than toilet facilities, shall be visible from the sidewalk or area surrounding said establishment.
H. 
The entire area of a car wash facility used for the purpose of washing, parking and exiting shall be paved. No exiting vehicle shall be allowed to wait on a public street. All car wash entrances and exits shall lead from and onto a public street. A waiting or parking area shall be provided for at least six vehicles, which are either waiting to be washed or which have been washed and have not left the premises.
A. 
The customer area of each launderette shall be equipped with a fire extinguisher, approved for use by the National Board of Fire Underwriters.
B. 
Each launderette and car wash shall be required to post in a conspicuous location, readily visible from the out-side of the premises, the telephone number or numbers which may be called in the event of an emergency. Any such establishment shall also make provisions for the refund of money lost by a customer while using such machines or facilities.
C. 
In each launderette and car wash there shall be posted in a conspicuous location near the customer area a step-by-step legible instruction list for operation of the machines.
D. 
The public shall only be permitted access to that portion of the launderette or car wash area which is necessary for use of the customer machines. The remaining portion of the facility shall be separated from the customer area by a partition to ensure the safety of said customers.
E. 
No launderette or laundry shall permit diapers or any other clothing or materials containing bodily excrement or discharges to remain outside the premises, nor shall they permit the same to be stored inside the premises, unless contained in sealed plastic bags or containers. All such articles shall be washed, cleaned or laundered in machines especially designated for said purposes, and all machines so designated shall be appropriately and conspicuously marked and shall not be used for any other purpose.
It shall be unlawful to conduct a launderette in any residential building; provided, that this prohibition shall not apply to a residential building in which there is located washing and laundry facilities operated and used for the exclusive benefit of the occupants of said building. Launderettes so operated for the exclusive benefit of residents of the building shall not be subject to the requirements of this chapter.
The Property Maintenance Officer or Sanitary Inspector of the municipality shall inspect establishments defined in this chapter as often as he deems necessary to ensure compliance with the requirements hereof.
Any person who shall violate any part of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine not exceeding $100 nor less than $25 for each offense. Each day that said violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.