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Ottumwa, Iowa Code of Ordinances § 20-7(9) (current through Aug. 23, 2019)
Brief Summary
The policy establishes standards for communal kitchens located in rental housing. Standards include minimum floor area, minimum food preparation area, requirements of a refrigerator, kitchen sink, stove, and adequate cabinet space. Communal kitchens must be accessible to all occupants without going outside or through another occupant's unit.
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Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Make
State: Iowa
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Ottumwa
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. This policy relates to communal kitchen standards in rental housing, most of which is multi-unit housing.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. The housing code, which includes this policy, is designed to ensure that conditions are of the quality necessary to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of the occupants and the general public. § 20-1.
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. "[T]he purpose of the Ottumwa Housing Code is to ensure that housing facilities and conditions are of the quality necessary to protect and promote the health, safety and welfare of not only those persons utilizing the housing, but the general public as well... the purpose of this chapter is to determine the responsibilities of owners, operators, occupants, and the city, necessary to maintain and administer the standards of the housing code." §20-1(b).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Unclear. The housing code largely adopts the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code, including that code's definitions with one exception (see e.g., § 20-3(b)(7). The definitions are not reprinted in the Ottumwa Housing Code. § 20-2 and § 20-3(b)(7).
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The health department is charged with issuing rental housing permits § 20-5(a). Requirements for obtaining a rental permit are listed in § 20-5.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Violatiors are subject to fees or revocation of rental permit. Fee schedule is established by resolution of the Ottumwa City Council. §20-6.
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 code is located in Ottumwa, Iowa Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20 Housing Code, Section 20-7 Minimum Standards for all rental housing. History: Ord. No. 3127-2017, § 1(20-5), 10-17-2017.