City of Paterson, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Paterson 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 79-111 as Ch. 9, Art. 7, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
An establishment, facility or place of business in the City conducted and used for the purpose of washing, cleaning, drying, dyeing and laundering clothes and other washable materials in coin-operated machines. "Coin-operated laundry" shall include facilities in dwellings and apartment houses restricted to use by persons residing in said dwelling or apartment house.
Includes the commission of acts by one or more persons in and upon the premises where a coin-operated laundry is located with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or whereby a breach of the peace may be occasioned; or refusal to move from said premises after being requested to do so by the operator of said premises or the person then in charge of said premises or by a police officer of the City; or congregating at said premises with other persons so as to molest or interfere in any way with the free passage of any person lawfully on said premises.
No person shall engage in, conduct or operate a coin-operated laundry business within the City without first having obtained a license therefor from the City issued by the Licensing Division after approval thereof by the Council.
A separate license shall be required for each coin-operated laundry location.
No license shall be issued under this chapter unless the premises in which the coin-operated laundry is to be operated complies in all respects with the requirements of the applicable City codes and ordinances and laws of this state.
The application for a license shall be filed with the Licensing Division upon forms approved by the Council. A separate application shall be filed for each location.
Each application shall state the following:
The name and address of the person who will engage in, conduct or operate the coin-operated laundry business.
The exact location and size of the premises wherein the coin-operated laundry is to be located.
The location in said premises where the coin-operated laundry is to be operated.
The maximum amount of water to be used daily in connection with the operation of the coin-operated laundry.
Each license shall be issued for a term of one year or a portion thereof commencing on January 1 or thereafter and shall expire on the 31st day of December following the date of issuance.
[Amended 4-19-1983 by Ord. No. 83-030; 11-12-1996 by Ord. No. 96-068; 12-2-2003 by Ord. No. 03-076; 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 10-067]
The fee for a license issued under this chapter for the calendar year or any portion thereof shall be $25 for each coin-operated machine installed in the coin-operated laundry, provided that the minimum license fee for any coin-operated laundry shall be $50. Any application for a license renewal which is not completed within 30 days of the renewal date shall be subject to an additional late administrative charge equal to 10% of the cost of the license renewal.
Each coin-operated laundry shall be kept clean and dry, be adequately ventilated and provided with sufficient natural or artificial light. The walls of the premises shall be covered with nonabsorbent cement or other impervious material.
All plumbing work and facilities used in the coin-operated laundry shall conform to the provisions of the uniform construction codes and shall be maintained in good condition.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
The coin-operated laundry shall, at all times, comply with the requirements of the applicable City codes and ordinances and laws of this state.
In the operation of a coin-operated laundry, no machinery shall be used or operated as to cause unnecessary or unreasonable noise or vibration to the annoyance of residents in said premises or in the surrounding neighborhood.
No coin-operated laundry shall operate or be permitted to operate unless the entire premises shall be fully visible from the street. This section shall not apply to the premises of coin-operated laundries in dwelling or apartment houses where the use is restricted to persons residing therein.
No person shall loiter in and upon the premises where a coin-operated laundry is located.
No coin-operated laundry shall be open or be permitted to operate between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. except that any machine which has been started before 11:00 p.m. may be permitted to complete its cycle of operation.
No diapers or other articles containing body excrement or discharge shall be permitted to remain in and upon the premises of a coin-operated laundry. They shall, as speedily as possible, be placed in coin-operated machines specially designated for such purpose. All such machines shall be appropriately and conspicuously marked and shall not be used for any other purpose.
In addition to the penalties prescribed in § 301-13, any license issued under this chapter may be revoked by the Council, after notice and hearing, if it appears after such hearing that the licensee has violated any of the provisions of this chapter or that the licensed premises have been maintained in such manner that continuance thereof is detrimental to the public health, safety and the general welfare of the community. Pending a revocation hearing, the license may be suspended for no longer than two weeks.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000, by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.