City of Paterson, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Paterson as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fowl and birds — See Ch. 121, Art. IV.
Preparation and sale of food — See Ch. 239.
Fats, bones and meat refuse — See Ch. 427, Art. III.
[Adopted 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 79-111 as Ch. 13, Art. 17, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson]
A. 
No person shall carry on or engage in the business of selling live fowl or preparing live fowl for sale or slaughtering poultry at or in any place in the City without first obtaining a license therefor from the Health Division as hereinafter set forth in this article.
B. 
Every license shall expire on December 31 of each year or prior thereto if and when the premises covered by the license shall be converted to a use other than one provided for in this article.
C. 
The annual fee for the license shall be $500, payable before issuance of the license.
[Amended 12-27-1988 by Ord. No. 88-047; 12-16-2003 by Ord. No. 03-094]
No license shall be issued under this article unless the applicant for the license shall establish to the satisfaction of the Health Division of the City that:
A. 
The building and the licensed business to be conducted therein conforms and will conform to the requirements of § 417-3 of this article.
B. 
The premises for which the license is sought is not within 50 feet of a building used in whole or in part as a dwelling. For purposes of this Subsection B, said distance shall be ascertained by measuring from the nearest point of the premises to be covered by the license to the nearest point of the building used as a dwelling.
All buildings or places in which the slaughtering of poultry or the sale of live poultry is conducted as a business in the City shall conform to the following requirements:
A. 
The building shall be used for the keeping, slaughtering and selling of poultry only.
B. 
Such business shall be conducted on the ground floor only.
C. 
The floors of each building shall be paved with material impervious to moisture and shall be properly sloped to a well-trapped inlet having direct connection with a sewer. The walls of the room in which slaughtering is actually carried on shall be covered to a height of six feet with smooth, moistureproof material, and the remainder of the walls and ceilings shall be finished with a smooth hard surface.
D. 
Plucking shall not be carried on in a room used for slaughtering. Watertight receptacles shall be provided for all refuse and shall be properly covered and removed daily.
E. 
All rooms or space used for the purpose of slaughtering poultry shall be ventilated directly to the open air. No such ventilation shall in any way enter a ventilating shaft which is used in connection with the living apartments of any building.
F. 
All coops shall be made of heavy wire and of uniform size. All stands or counters shall be built substantially and covered with marble, slate, zinc or tin. Stands, counters and coops shall be raised from the floor in such a way as to permit flushing underneath the same. A plentiful supply of water shall be provided. Stands and counters for the sale of poultry shall be arranged to allow a clear passageway to the public.
G. 
All parts of such poultry slaughterhouses shall be at all times kept in a sanitary condition.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
Any person who violates any provision of this article 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 for not more than 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.