Policy 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.

Background Information

State Rhode Island
Jurisdiction Name Narragansett
Jurisdiction Type Town/Township,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Make;
Evidence for Health

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Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

This law relates to kitchen facility standards for multi-unit housing developments (such as rooming houses and boarding houses). § 34-168.

Health-related goal?

This law relates to kitchen facility standards for multi-unit housing developments (such as rooming houses and boarding houses). § 34-168.

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

This policy is designed to fix dwellings in disrepair. § 34-22.

Includes findings?

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.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"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.

Includes definitions?

§ 34-21.

Addresses implementation?

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.

Enforcement provisions?

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.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

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.


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