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Ordinance No. 824

An Ordinance to prevent the overcrowding of sleeping apartments in lodging and tenement houses and other buildings for the preservation of health.
The City of Seattle does ordain as follows:

Section I
That for the purpose of preventing disease and preserving health it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to use conduct or keep any lodging house tenement house hotel or any other kind of house or building containing sleeping apartments within the City of Seattle which contain less than 512 cubic feet of air or space for each and every person over 14 years of age lodging or sleeping in any such sleeping apartment.

Section II
Every person over 14 years of age who shall voluntarily and continually occupy or use as a sleeping apartment any room or place in any lodging or tenement house or any house or building whatever, containing less than 512 cubic feet of air or space for each person in such room or place shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

Section III
Every person violating Section 1 and 2 of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not less than five nor more than fifty dollars for each offense or by imprisonment not exceeding fifteen days.

Section IV
It shall be the duty of the Health Officer, of the Chief of Police and members of the police force to make examination of premises when they have reason to believe that persons are living in overcrowded houses, rooms or places in violation of this ordinance; and upon examination if persons should be found violating this ordinance to arrest any person or persons violating the same and take the person or persons before the Police Justice for trial.

Section V
That Ordinance 694 entitled "An Ordinance for the regulation of sleeping apartments and for the presrvation of good health" be and the same is hereby repealed.

Section VI
That this Ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after the same shall have been published.

Passed by the Common Council of the City of Seattle May 20th 1887
Approved this 20th day of May 1887
W.H. Shoudy, Mayor

Filed May 20th 1887
W.R. Forrest, Clerk

Published May 23rd 1887

Ordinance 824, Seattle Municipal Archives

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