East Haven, Conn., Code of Ordinances, app. A § 10.03 (current through Dec. 14, 2018)
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.
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
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.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
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.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. App. A, sec. II.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
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.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
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.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
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.