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Narragansett, R.I. Code of Ordinances §34-168 (current through Sept. 18, 2019)
Brief Summary
The policy establishes kitchen facility standards for roominghouses that include minimum square footage, adequate cooking equipment, and that it is accessible without entering another occupant's room.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Make
State: Rhode Island
Jurisdiction Type: Township
Jurisdiction Name: Narragansett
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. This law relates to kitchen facility standards for multi-unit housing developments (such as rooming houses and boarding houses). § 34-168.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. This law relates to kitchen facility standards for multi-unit housing developments (such as rooming houses and boarding houses). § 34-168.
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?
Unclear. This policy is designed to fix dwellings in disrepair. § 34-22.
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. The statement of policy on minimum housing standards declares there are "numerous dwellings and dwelling premises which are substandard" and pose risks of "illness, disease, fire, accidents and other calamities..." and that "establishment and enforcement of minimum standards for dwellings ...is essential to the protection of the public health, safety, morals and general welfare." § 34-22.
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 article shall be to protect the public health, safety and welfare by establishing minimum standards governing the condition and maintenance of all dwellings and dwelling premises ..." § 34-23.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 34-21.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The Director of the Division of Minimum Housing Standards is charged with establishing and enforcing minimum housing standards (§ 34-42, § 34-22) and empowered to adopt rules and regualtions necessary "to interpret and to secure the intent of this article." § 34-43.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Violators may be punished by a fine of not more than $200 or by imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both. § 34-105.
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 Narragansett, Rhode Island Code of Ordinances, Chapter 34 Housing, Article II Minimum Housing Standards, Division 6 Roominghouses. History: Code 1986, § 10-178.