[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Rye 5-4-1960 as Art. 7 of Ch. 3 of the General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Licenses — See Ch. 125.
Unless otherwise expressly stated, when used in this chapter the word "laundromat" shall include a self-service place used by the general public for the purpose of washing or drying clothing or other fabrics.
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, maintain or operate a laundromat without a license therefor.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to laundromats in residential buildings, except that this exemption shall not apply to store units in buildings occupied in part for residential purposes.
[Amended 12-20-2000 by L.L. No. 13-2000]
Every person licensed pursuant to this chapter shall pay an annual license fee to be set annually by resolution of the City Council before adoption of the budget for the following year.
Washers and dryers shall be so constructed that they will cease to function when the door is opened. Installations shall be so designed as to prevent entrance to the rear of the washers and dryers by unauthorized people. Washers and dryers shall be installed in accordance with the National Electrical Code, except where it is expressly provided otherwise by any ordinance of the City of Rye. Provision shall also be made so that in case of a blower motor or gas control failure, the dryer must shut off automatically.
The boiler must be provided with a low-water cutoff device to protect the boiler from burning out should a low-water condition occur.
The platform for washers shall be so designed that any water spilling out of a washer shall be drained off on the platform itself. The floor of the store shall be sufficiently and properly covered with a nonabsorbent paint or cement or other impervious material. Areas such as basements, offices, storage places and closets shall have locked doors.
Store layout, design and lighting shall be so planned as to provide visibility of the complete interior of the store from the street or sidewalk. The store shall be adequately ventilated and shall have a sufficient amount of natural or artificial light, as shall be required by the Building Inspector. If the store has a rear entrance from a parking area, an outside floodlight shall be provided to satisfactorily illuminate the area leading to the rear of the store.
The store shall be kept clean at all times. Refuse disposal cans must be provided and so designed that at no time will they be uncovered.
A fire extinguisher approved by the Fire Department shall be mounted where it shall be accessible to patrons of the store.
[Amended 4-21-1982 by Ord. No. 3-1982]
No laundromat shall be operated between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless there shall be a supervising attendant present in the store at all times.