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Policy Summary

The policy requires that single-room occupancy housing units have either a kitchen in each individual unit with a designated minimum clear work space for safety or a community kitchen on the same floor as the unit.

Background Information

State Oregon
Jurisdiction Name Independence
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Make;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

This law relates to kitchen facility standards for a form of multi-unit housing, specifically single-room occupancy housing units. § 6-133.

Health-related goal?
Yes

See reference to "reduc[ing] and prevent[ing] hazards of health, sanitation or fire." § 6-133(2).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"The purpose of this article is to protect the public health, safety and welfare, to prevent deterioration of existing structures and to contribute to vital neighborhoods by ...[r]egulating and abating dangerous and derelict buildings ...[and e]stablishing and enforcing standards for buildings and other structures regarding basic equipment, facilities, sanitation, safety, and maintenance." § 6-85.

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 6-88.

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Violations of this policy are punished with a fine between $500 and $1000. § 6-134 and § 1-22.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Independence, Oregon Code of Ordinances, Chapter 6 Buildings and Construction, Article III Property Maintenance Regulations, Division II Standards. History: History: Ord. No. 1533, § 1(Exh. A), 8-12-2014.