§ 20.04.030. Minimum standards for basic equipment and facilities  


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  • No owner or operator shall occupy as owner-occupant or permit another to occupy any dwelling or dwelling unit, for the purpose of living, sleeping, cooking, or eating therein, which does not comply with the following requirements:

    (1) Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall contain a kitchen sink;

    (2) Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall contain a room, separate from the habitable rooms, which affords privacy to a person within such room and which is equipped with a flush water closet and a lavatory basin. Such lavatory basin may be located outside the room containing the flush water closet provided it is convenient to such room and such location is approved by the superintendent of central inspection or his/her designee;

    (3) Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall contain a room, separate from the habitable rooms, which affords privacy to a person within such room and is equipped with a bathtub or shower;

    (4) Every kitchen sink, lavatory basin, and bathtub or shower required under the provisions of paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) of this section shall be properly connected to both hot and cold water lines. The hot water lines shall be properly connected with supplied water-heating facilities which are properly installed, are maintained in safe and good working condition, and are capable of heating water to such a temperature as to permit an adequate amount of hot water to be drawn at required kitchen sink, lavatory basin and bathtub or shower, even when the heating facilities required by this chapter (paragraph (5), Section 20.04.040 of this chapter) are not in operation;

    (5) All plumbing fixtures required by this section, or otherwise provided, shall be in good working condition and properly connected to a water system and to a sewerage system approved by the health officer;

    (6) Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall be provided with adequate trash storage facilities whose type and location are approved by the health officer;

    (7) Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall have adequate garbage disposal facilities or garbage storage containers, whose type and location are approved by the health officer;

    (8) Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall have approved, safe, unobstructed direct means of egress leading to safe and open space at ground level, which is accessible to a public street or alley;

    (9) Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall have cabinets and/or shelves for the storage of eating, drinking and cooking equipment and utensils and of food that does not under ordinary summer conditions require refrigeration for safe keeping; and a counter or table of sound construction furnished with surfaces that are easily cleanable and that will not import any toxic or deleterious effect to food, with a minimum counter top area of eleven square feet, provided that vinyl-type floor coverings shall not be allowed to be used as a countertop surface;

    (10) Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall have a stove, or similar device, for cooking food and a refrigerator, or similar device, for safe storage of food at temperatures less than forty-five degrees Fahrenheit but more than thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit under ordinary maximum summer conditions, which are properly installed with all necessary conditions for safe, sanitary and efficient operation; provided that such stove, refrigerator and/or similar devices need not be installed when a dwelling unit is not occupied and when the occupant is expected to provide same on occupancy, and that sufficient space and adequate connections for the safe and efficient installation and operation of said stove, refrigerator and/or similar devices are provided;

    (11) Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall have a suitable cabinet for storage of drugs, and a suitable facility for the safe storage of household poisons and other hazardous products;

    (12) Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall be provided with a kitchen sink, cooking appliance and refrigeration facilities, each having a clear working space of not less than thirty inches in front;

    (13) Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall be equipped with safe, functioning locking devices on all exterior doors and ground floor windows of the dwelling or dwelling unit;

    (14) All existing installations and/or repairs made to conform to this and all other applicable city codes, must be installed in a workmanlike manner."

(Ord. No. 44-967 § 2; Ord. No. 47-302, § 2, 11-21-06)