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Policy 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.

Background Information

State Connecticut
Jurisdiction Name East Haven
Jurisdiction Type Town/Township,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Prohibits/discourages something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Make;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

This policy establishes standards for communal kitchens in rooming houses that are not operated as an integrated business with a licensed restaurant. Rooming houses are a form of multi-unit housing.

Health-related goal?
Yes

The purpose section states that the housing code is meant "to protect, preserve, and promote the physical and mental health and social well-being of the people." § 1.02.

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
Yes

The findings section declares that blighted housing "cause[s] a drain upon public revenue and impair[s] the economical exercise of government function." § 1.01.

Includes findings?
Yes

Findings describe blighted buildings, their potential to detrimentally impact the "health, safety, morals, or welfare of the people of the Town of East Haven …[and] cause a drain upon public revenue," and declare that "the elimination of blighted premises and the prevention of occurrence of [same] in the future is in the best interests of the public." § 1.01.

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

The purpose of this policy is "to protect, preserve, and promote the physical and mental health and social well-being of the people, to prevent ...incidences of communicable diseases, to regulate ...dwellings for the purpose of maintaining adequate sanitation and public health, and to protect the safety of the people and to promote the general welfare ..." by establishing housing standards. § 1.02.

Includes definitions?
Yes

App. A, sec. II

Addresses implementation?
Yes

Sec. 10.01 states that a rooming house license is applied for through the Housing Code Committee and issued by the Code Enforcement Officer. § 10.01.

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Violators are notified of noncompliance and, if conditions are not corrected in a timely manner, subject to a fine of $100, 30 days in jail, or both. §§ 12.01-.07 and § 17.01.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in East Haven, Connecticut Code of Ordinances, Appendix A Housing Ordinance, Section X Rooming Houses and Rooming Units.