Township of Teaneck, NJ
Bergen County
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[Ord. No. 1171, § 2.]
A "launderette" shall be defined as any establishment open to the general public where articles of clothing, household linens, bedding, drapes or other cloth articles are to be washed dried or dry cleaned.
(a) 
It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain or conduct a laundry, pressing establishment, launderette, cleaning or dyeing establishment or installation, where articles of clothing, household linens, bedding and drapes are processed or pressed, in or on any building or premises in the Township, except as provided in this chapter, unless they are licensed, maintained and conducted in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(b) 
Every person operating or conducting any laundry, launderette, pressing establishment, cleaning or dyeing establishment or installation where articles of clothing, household linens, bedding and drapes are washed, dried, pressed, dry cleaned or dyed, in or on any premises in the Township, except installations in buildings erected solely and exclusively for residential purposes, for the sole use of tenants thereof. shall procure a license therefor from the Department of Health.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 1.]
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 2.]
Applications for licenses required by Section 22-2 and annual renewals thereof shall be made on forms to be provided by the Department of Health and filed by the applicant in the Department of Health. The license fee shall accompany each application for a license or renewal thereof.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 3.]
The approval of the Department of Health, Fire Department and Building Department shall be a condition precedent to the issuance of each license required by Section 22-2 and each annual renewal thereof.
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Editor's Note: For current fee provisions, see Ch. 2, Appendix III.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 6.]
All licenses issued pursuant to Section 22-2 or renewals thereof shall expire on December 31 of each year.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 7.]
The Township manager may suspend or revoke any license issued pursuant to section 22-2 for a violation of any of the provisions of this article or of any regulation or order of the health officer made in accordance with and to carry out the provisions of this article, after the licensee shall have been given notice of the violation and an opportunity to show cause before the health officer why the license should not be suspended or revoked.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 8.]
All places and spaces used for laundries, launderettes, pressing establishments, cleaning or dyeing establishments or installations shall be sufficiently and properly covered with nonabsorbent paint or cement or other impervious material. There shall be available an adequate supply of water for flushing and cleaning purposes. Any room, building or washing or laundering facility used in the operation of laundries, launderettes or cleaning or dyeing establishments shall be equipped, installed and maintained in accordance with the Plumbing Code of the Township. Sufficient toilet facilities for male and female employees of such establishments shall be provided.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, §§ 9, 10.]
No household washing, garments, bed clothes or other articles received for washing, laundering, pressing, cleaning or dyeing shall be accepted by or in any laundry, launderette, pressing establishment or cleaning or dyeing establishment or installation or by its agents or employees from persons or occupants of any house under quarantine for any contagious disease. Any laundry, launderette, pressing establishment or cleaning or dyeing establishment which maintains a store or counter where articles for laundering, pressing, cleaning or dyeing are received directly from customers shall prominently display a sign (to be supplied by the operator) at each such store or at such counter reading as follows: "By authority of the Township of Teaneck, it is unlawful for any person or persons to make delivery to a public laundry, launderette, pressing establishment, cleaning or dyeing establishment of any articles from a person or premises under quarantine for a contagious disease." Where the above sign is properly displayed, any laundry, launderette, pressing establishment or cleaning or dyeing establishment, or the person operating the same or his agents or employees, shall not be liable under this chapter for receiving laundry, pressing, cleaning or dyeing from a household quarantined for a contagious disease so long as he is not informed by the deliverer or similarly informed by other reputable persons that the goods have come from a quarantined person or household.
All collectors, route men, employees, agents, agencies of processors, receivers of articles to be processed and all other persons shall comply with the requirements of this section.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 11.]
Machines used for washing, laundering, cleaning or dyeing shall be kept clean at all times.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 12.]
White cottons and linens shall be washed in such a manner that at least one operation in the washing process shall have a temperature of not less than one hundred forty degrees Fahrenheit. Dyed fabrics or those containing silk, wool or rayon shall be washed in such a manner that at least one operation shall have a temperature of not less than one hundred degrees Fahrenheit.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 13.]
Soap or a detergent of equal germicidal properties shall be used in one or more operations of all washing formulas, except when dry cleaned.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 14.]
No machinery used in any laundry, launderette, cleaning or pressing or dyeing establishment shall be operated in such a manner so as to create any noises or vibrations to the detriment of the families of premises in the surrounding neighborhood.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 15.]
Exhaust pipes carrying devices or hot water shall be connected to a condensation tank, then drained with a proper carry off.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 16; Ord. No. 1516, § 1.]
Processing in any laundry, launderette or cleaning, pressing or dyeing establishment shall commence not earlier than 6:00 A. M. and shall not continue after 10:00 P. M., nor be open to the public for business on Sunday; except, that launderettes may also be open during said hours on Sunday for the purpose of washing and drying only.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 17.]
The room in which any washing, pressing or laundering facilities are located shall be adequately ventilated and shall have a sufficient amount of natural or artificial light, as shall be required by the health officer.
[Ord. No. 1171, § 2.]
It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain, operate or conduct a launderette in the Township unless the same shall be under the continual direct supervision of a competent attendant. The attendant shall be not less than twenty-one years of age, and shall be present in the launderette establishment at all times while the same is open to the general public.
[Ord. No. 1171, § 2.]
The premises where the business of a launderette, laundry or cleaning establishment is conducted shall at all times be maintained in a clean and orderly manner and condition, free from dust, dirt, rubbish, waste material and any other unsanitary or unsightly substance.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 18.]
No laundry, launderette or pressing, cleaning or dyeing establishment shall be conducted in any building devoted exclusively to residential occupation or in any residential portion of a building, except where there may be established in any such building one or more washing or laundry facilities which shall be used solely by and for the convenience and service of the residents of the residential building, and the washing and laundering facilities shall be constructed and operated in accordance with the regulations and conditions set forth in and under the provisions of this chapter. No license shall be required for the operation of the washing and laundering facilities in any such residential building or portion thereof. This limitation does not apply to store units in buildings occupied in part for residential purposes.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 19.]
All premises used as provided for in this chapter shall be maintained in conformity with all laws of the state, this Code and other ordinances of the Township regulatory thereof.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 19, § 20.]
The health department shall be responsible for the enforcement of the sanitary, health and plumbing provisions of this Article, and shall have the power to promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary to effectuate the same.
For the purposes of this Article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
COIN-OPERATED DRY CLEANING
The cleaning of textiles, fabrics, garments or other articles by the use of any solvent other than water in a dry-cleaning unit designed to be used or used by the general public. For the purposes of this definition, the term "used by the general public" shall be deemed to refer to the insertion of such textiles, fabrics, garments or other articles into a dry-cleaning unit or the removal of the same from such unit by a person or persons other than an owner, operator or employee of the dry-cleaning establishment.
COIN-OPERATED DRY-CLEANING ESTABLISHMENTS
Coin-operated dry-cleaning establishments shall be deemed to include establishments that are key-operated or owner-operated and serviced.
SOLVENT
The cleaning fluid used in the dry-cleaning unit.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 1; Ord. No. 1491, § 2.]
[Ord. No. 1491, § 1.]
The municipal department entrusted with the licensing and enforcement of this Article shall be the Teaneck Health Department.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 19.]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any coin-operated dry-cleaning establishment in the Township without first obtaining a license therefor.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 19; Ord. No. 1491, § 1.]
Application for a license required by this Article shall be filed with the Township Health Department. Such application shall state the name and address of the owner or person who will operate the dry-cleaning establishment; the name, address and authorized officer of the person engaged to install the equipment; the names of maintenance personnel and their telephone numbers (the Township Health Department shall be notified of changes in the names and telephone numbers of maintenance personnel); and the exact location of the premises, the size thereof and the number of coin-operated dry-cleaning machines, with make and model numbers, which are to be installed. The application shall have the consent of the owner of the premises attached thereto.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 7.]
When application for a license to operate a coin-operated dry-cleaning establishment is made, such application shall be accompanied by four sets of plans and specifications showing a building outline, all equipment to be used and installation details thereof.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 19.]
No license required by this Article shall be issued unless the premises to be licensed complies with the fire, health, plumbing and Zoning regulations of the Township.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 19; Ord. No. 3246, 12-12-1989, § 14.]
All fees are contained in Appendix III of Chapter 2.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 19.]
Each license issued pursuant to this Article shall expire on December 31 of each year.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 20.]
Any license granted under this article may be suspended or revoked at any time by the Township council upon conviction of the holder thereof of a violation of any provision of this article.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 7.]
No coin-operated dry cleaning establishment shall be permitted in any building occupied in whole or in part for dwelling purposes.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 3.]
The solvent used in coin-operated dry cleaning units shall be the cleaning fluid specified by the equipment manufacturer and shall be free of additives to mask the odor. It shall be classified as nonflammable at ordinary temperatures and shall not be more toxic than perchlorethylene.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 4.]
Only the front of a coin-operated dry cleaning machine shall extend into the customer area. The remainder of each machine shall be separated from the customer area by solid partition. This partition may be constructed as a nonloadbearing double faced wall structure to extend from floor to ceiling. The access door to the enclosure back of the machines shall be self-closing, metal clad and locked to prevent access from the customer area.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 5.]
The enclosure for coin-operated dry cleaning machines shall not be interconnected with that of heating devices requiring air for combustion, such as gas dryers, water heaters and boiler heating plants. This heating equipment shall obtain air for combustion from the outside atmosphere.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 6.]
All portions of coin-operated dry cleaning establishments shall be adequately ventilated.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 18.]
The premises of each coin-operated dry cleaning establishment shall be provided with sufficient natural or artificial light.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 18.]
All plumbing work in coin-operated dry cleaning establishments shall conform to the provisions of the Township Plumbing Code.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 18.]
All electrical installations in coin-operated dry cleaning establishments shall conform to the requirements of the National Electrical Code and shall always be kept in a good condition and state of repair.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 18.]
The walls of a coin-operated dry cleaning establishment shall be covered with nonabsorbent paint, cement or other impervious material. The floor covering in the customer area shall be made of a material resistant to the solvents used in the machines.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 8.]
No coin-operated dry cleaning machine shall be used by the general public unless under the continual direct supervision of a competent attendant. The attendant shall be not less than twenty-one years of age.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 8.]
No coin-operated dry cleaning machine shall be used by any person who is less than eighteen years of age. A suitable sign of such age restriction shall be prominently posted.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 8.]
No person shall use spotting equipment containing flammable material in a coin-operated or self-service dry cleaning establishment.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 9.]
All coin-operated dry cleaning machines shall be fitted with a device which will prevent the opening of the door of any such machine while such machine is in operation and until all solvent vapors have been removed from any textile, fabric, garment or other article being cleaned and from the drum in which the same shall be placed.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 10.]
No coin-operated dry cleaning machine shall be used unless directly in front of and behind any such machine there are quick opening valves and pipes to a buried drain tank outside of the building of sufficient size to accept all solvent contained in all coin-operated dry cleaning machines in the establishment. The quick opening valves and pipes shall be arranged so as to cause solvent to drain into such tank by means of gravity flow. The machines shall be installed on a concrete base, around the edge of which there shall be a four inch dike, making a reservoir to contain any liquids that may leak out of the machines. This reservoir shall drain directly to pipes leading into the buried drain tank above referred to.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 11.]
In every coin-operated dry cleaning establishment solvent storage tanks, vapor-proof power box or boxes and other sources of danger shall be so situated as to be inaccessible to the general public.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 12.]
All coin-operated dry cleaning establishments shall have two exits which shall be at least twenty-five feet apart from each other and shall lead directly into the street or to an area outside of the building leading to the street.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 13.]
Filter residue and other residues from coin-operated dry cleaning establishments containing solvent shall be disposed of so as not to create a health hazard or nuisance. A locked covered metal container shall be used for temporary storage in a covered shed of noncombustible construction outside the building.
A respirator, approved by the United States Bureau of Mines as affording protection against organic solvent vapors, shall be provided for and used by maintenance personnel during the correction of leakages, cleaning of the system, removal of lint and muck bags and at all times when the odor of solvent is noticeable.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 14.]
All exhaust from coin-operated dry cleaning establishments shall be under positive pressure. The terminal of any exhaust shall be at least ten feet from any window or ventilating window if such ventilating window or ventilating opening lies on the same plane as the exhaust terminal. When the ventilating window or other ventilating window openings lie on a plane which faces in the direction of the exhaust terminal, such terminal shall be at least 10 feet away from the same. All direct equipment exhausts or vents shall be provided with mesh lint arresters, which shall be kept clean unless lint traps are provided on the dry-cleaning unit. Any exhaust fans used shall have a rated capacity of 400 cubic feet per minute per machine for normal use and 1,000 cubic feet per minute per machine for emergency use. The rated capacities of the exhaust fans shall appear on the equipment or its nameplate.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 15.]
Each coin-operated dry-cleaning establishment shall provide for customer use a men's and women's rest room, each with toilet facilities.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 16; Ord. No. 1686, § 1.]
No coin-operated dry-cleaning establishment shall permit the placing of articles to be cleaned in any machine before 7:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m. The provisions of Section 22-15 shall not apply to this use.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 17.]
Each coin-operated dry-cleaning establishment shall contain indoor signs prominently displayed warning the customers of excessive solvent inhalation and skin irritation from the unevaporated dry-cleaning solvent. A step-by-step readily legible instruction list for operation of the machines shall be posted in a conspicuous location near the machine in the customer area. These instructions shall include a list of items not to be dry cleaned in coin-operated or self-service dry-cleaning machines, such as those made partly or completely of plastic, rubber, leather, paper, fur, angora or urethane.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 18.]
The entire premises of a coin-operated dry-cleaning establishment and all machines used therein shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition. The floor shall be kept clean and dry.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 18.]
Each coin-operated dry-cleaning machine shall be inspected each day it is in operation and kept in good repair by maintenance personnel. A record shall be kept in the maintenance area of all inspections and repairs made.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 18.]
The customer area of every coin-operated dry-cleaning establishment shall be equipped with a fire extinguisher approved for use against electrical or oil fires by the National Board of Fire Underwriters.
[Ord. No. 1141, § 2.]
All installations of coin-operated dry-cleaning units shall meet the requirements of all state and Township regulations.