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Atlanta, Ga., Code of Ordinances § 26(g)-(i)
Brief Summary
This policy expressly allows operators of boarding houses to serve shared meals, but expressly prohibits community kitchens in rooming houses. The policy also sets very basic standards for community kitchens, when allowed, to include a certain amount of square feet per residence and one refrigerator per 12 residents, or one refrigerator per community kitchen when each residential unit contains a refrigerator. .
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Prohibits/discourages something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Get, Make
State: Georgia
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Atlanta
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. This policy allows shared meals in boarding houses and establishes basic standards for community kitchens in certain multi-unit housing developments.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. The housing code, which includes this policy, is intended to maintain the minimum requirements necessary for the protection of "health." § 3.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "The purpose of this Code is to provide for the maintenance of the minimum requirements necessary for the protection of life, limb, health, property, safety and welfare of the general public and the owners and occupants of residential property in the City of Atlanta." § 3.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 6.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Unclear. The Police Department is authorized to issue a permit for any rooming house, boarding house, residence hotel, apartment hotel or single room occupancy residence. Operators must also obtain a current business license, although no person or department is named with the responsibility for issuing business licenses. § 26(a).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Violatiors of provisions in sec. 26 are subject to revocation of their rooming house, boarding house, residence hotel, apartment hotel or single room occupancy residence permit. § 26(b).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
This policy is located in Atlanta, Georgia Code of Ordinances, Part III Land Development Code, Appendix E Atlanta Housing Code of 1987, Article II Minimum Standards, Section 26 Rooming Houses, Boarding Houses, Residence Hotels, Single Room Occupancy Residences and Buildings with Special Uses. History: Ord. No. 1991-05, § 1, 1-29-91.