[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Port Chester 12-6-1976 as L.L. No. 7-1976. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No lodging house, rooming house or boardinghouse which furnishes lodging or rooming accommodations for hire within the same shall exist or be maintained within the village without a license, which shall be issued by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Port Chester, New York, as hereinafter provided.
No license shall be issued hereunder and any license heretofore or hereafter issued shall be subject to revocation unless the ap-plicant or holder of such license fully complies with the following requirements:
The applicant shall be the individual owner of such premises and shall be of good moral character.
The maximum number of lodgers, roomers or boarders shall be four.
There shall be no more than one person occupying a room as a lodger, roomer or boarder, and such room shall have a minimum of 100 square feet of floor space. More than one person may occupy a single room if related by blood or marriage and provided that the room shall be of such size to provide a minimum of 75 square feet of floor area for each person.
At the time of the issuance of such license and at all times when the licensed premises are used as a lodging house or boardinghouse, the owner thereof shall maintain his residence in and shall actually reside in the licensed premises.
Lodging houses, rooming houses and boardinghouses legally operating and duly licensed at the time of the adoption of this chapter, as amended, which may be nonconforming uses under the Zoning Ordinance of the Village of Port Chester, shall be entitled to the issuance of a license under compliance with all of the provisions of this chapter, except Subsections A, B, C and D of this section, upon applications made prior to and for the license year ending March 31, 1976. After said date no license shall be issued to any applicant unless such applicant fully complies with all of the provisions of this chapter, including said Subsections A, B, C and D of this section.
All lodging houses, rooming houses and boardinghouses shall be heated by a central heating plant or permanently installed electric baseboard panel heating. No portable heating units are allowed.
No cooking or storage of foodstuffs shall be permitted in any room other than a kitchen.
In all parts of such building, artificial lighting shall be provided by means of electric current; and each electric circuit shall be provided with a circuit breaker or fuse which shall meet the requirements of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters. Each new application shall be accompanied by a New York Board of Fire Underwriters' certificate. This certificate shall not be more than one year old. Thereafter on renewal applications a current New York Board of Fire Underwriters' certificate shall be required at least once each five years. Any fees involved in obtaining this current New York Board of Fire Underwriters' certificate shall be borne by the applicant.
No sinks shall be installed or used in any sleeping room, but basins shall be permitted for personal washing and shaving. Such basins, however, shall not be used for washing of clothes and dishes or any unsanitary purposes.
Bathroom facilities shall be maintained for the owner-occupant separate and apart from bathroom facilities for the lodgers, roomers and boarders.
All sleeping rooms shall be numbered with raised figures not less than three inches in height placed on the outside of the door to each room, and no two rooms shall bear the same number.
Each and every floor on which rooms are occupied by roomers shall be equipped with a fire extinguisher in good working condition readily accessible for use at all times and approved by the Bureau of Fire Prevention of the Village of Port Chester.
No room shall be occupied by roomers in the third floor or attic of any dwelling unless the building complies fully with the New York State Multiple Residence Law. In a wood-frame dwelling no room shall be occupied by roomers in the third floor or attic.
Off-street parking must be provided on the premises in a residential area for all occupants who own automobiles.
All licensed lodging houses, rooming houses and boardinghouses shall be subject to inspections at all reasonable hours by properly authorized representatives of the Village of Port Chester. Failure to comply with this provision shall constitute a ground for immediate revocation of the license.
Any person maintaining such a lodging house, rooming house or boardinghouse pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall keep upon such premises a register showing the names and occupations of all persons residing or living in or upon said premises and shall exhibit the same to any member of the Police Department or the Chief Engineer of the village or his deputy, or any member of the Building Department of the Village of Port Chester, at any reasonable time upon demand, and the failure to so exhibit the same shall constitute a violation and be punished in accordance with § 211-4.
Any person or persons violating any provisions of this chapter shall be liable for and forfeit and pay a penalty or fine not exceeding $25 for each day the violation continues.
[Amended 12-4-1978 by L.L. No. 12-1978; 11-3-1997 by L.L. No. 17-1997]
The fee for any license required by the provisions of this chapter shall be at the levels fixed from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Port Chester or by local law. There shall be an annual license fee as set forth in Chapter 175, Fees.
[Added 12-4-1978 by L.L. No. 12-1978]
No license shall be issued or renewed for a longer period than one year, and all licenses shall expire on May 31 of each year. All applications, properly filled out, must be filed with the Village Clerk of the Village of Port Chester at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the previous license or 30 days before the applicant intends to commence operations.
The license fee for the issuance of a license hereunder or for subsequent renewals thereof is hereby established for the whole or part of the calendar year.
Anything contained in any other ordinance or local law of the village to the contrary notwithstanding, the provisions of this chapter shall supersede such contrary provisions.