[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mansfield 11-7-1949. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 12-30-1963 by Ord. No. 1963-3]
No person, copartnership, firm, association or corporation shall hereafter engage in the business of conducting a tourist camp, tourist cabin, trailer camp, tourist home, rooming house, inn or hotel where sleeping accommodations are furnished for pay, to tourists, transients or travelers, whether meals are served therein or not to such tourists, transients or travelers, without first applying for and obtaining a license to do so, pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
[Added 12-30-1963 by Ord. No. 1963-3]
- A building used for, or intended to be used for, the accommodation of guests, and where food is prepared and served under a single management in a central dining area available to all guests.
- A group of attached, semidetached or detached one- or two-story structures consisting of individual dwelling units, each unit consisting of a bedroom, bathroom and closet space and each having a separate entrance leading from a parking space for the use of the unit's occupants. The units, with the exception of the apartment of the manager or caretaker, are designed and used exclusively to accommodate automobile transients and have no cooking facilities. "Motel" shall include a tourist court, auto court, motor lodge and motor court hotel.
- ROOMING HOUSE
- A dwelling containing guest rooms in which lodging is provided with or without meals, for compensation, and which is let to two or more guests.
All such applications for licenses shall be made to the Township Committee of the Township of Mansfield in writing, on forms supplied by said Committee.
Any person making any false answers to any of the questions or items set forth in such application form shall forthwith forfeit and surrender any license issued pursuant thereto.
Such application form shall contain questions designed to elicit information to determine whether or not the said lodging accommodations comply with the provisions of this chapter.
Each such application shall be accompanied by the amount of the license fee prescribed by this chapter.
[Amended 12-30-1963 by Ord. No. 1963-3]
The annual license fee for motels and hotels shall be the sum of $5 per room, up to and including 30 units; $1 for all additional units in motels and hotels for each separate room to be licensed as a lodging thereunder. Said fee shall not be prorated.
The annual license fee for rooming houses shall be the sum of $2 per room. Said fee shall not be prorated.
Each such license so issued shall authorize the operation as lodgings of the number of rooms therein set forth and described, from the date of issuance of the license to December 31 of the year in which issued, unless sooner suspended or revoked.
In the event that said licensee shall violate any of the terms of this chapter or any of the rules and regulations made pursuant hereto, or shall permit, suffer or allow any immoral or illegal activities in or about the licensed premises or any violation of any other ordinance of this municipality or laws of the State of New Jersey to occur thereon, or if such activities shall habitually occur thereon, the Township Committee shall have the power, after service upon the licensee of a notice of the time and place of hearing and the charges preferred against him, to hold a hearing on said charges and to suspend or revoke the said license.
All such licensed premises shall be maintained and conducted in a clean, sanitary and orderly manner.
There shall be at least 400 cubic feet of space in each room so licensed for each person allowed to occupy the said room as a lodging.
All bed linens, towels or other linen supplies shall be changed and replaced with fresh, clean linens after vacation of the accommodations by a guest and before a new guest is allowed to occupy the same and, in all events, at least daily.
All bedding, mattresses and blankets shall be thoroughly aired after the departure of each guest and at least daily for a minimum of 1/2 hour.
All mattresses shall be provided with mattress covers, which shall be laundered and replaced with freshly laundered covers weekly.
Each room so licensed shall have at least one window for occupant, which window shall be so constructed that it may be freely opened and closed and shall afford access to daylight and fresh air.
Adequate heating facilities shall be maintained for said licensed premises and a temperature of at least 70º F. shall be maintained.
All heating facilities shall be of such type and of such construction and so maintained that no gas or other noxious fumes may escape therefrom and so that the oxygen content of the room will not be reduced to a point dangerous or injurious to human life or health.
All such heating facilities and pipes leading therefrom shall be adequately safeguarded so as not to constitute a fire hazard.
All electric wiring shall be installed in compliance with the standards of the National Board of Fire Underwriters.
Each separate room or lodging accommodation shall be provided with staunch locks on each window and means of entrance thereto. Locks on all doors shall be operated by keys that will not fit the doors of any other lodging room in the licensed premises, and duplicates shall be kept by the licensee readily available to him at all times.
Each separate lodging room shall be provided with an efficient hand fire extinguisher, which shall be at all times in working order and readily accessible to the occupant.
All windows and outside doors shall be provided with screens and screen doors, fly-tight and insect-tight, in good repair, from May 1 to October 1 of each year.
All such licensed accommodations shall be provided with an adequate supply of potable drinking water, together with separate toilets and lavatory facilities for male and female guests, and shall contain not less than one separate toilet for each five guests. Said toilets and lavatory facilities shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary manner and disinfected daily.
All such toilets and lavatory facilities shall connect to adequate septic tanks in good working condition, located so as not likely to pollute any well or other supply of drinking or washing water on the premises. No open sewers are permitted. Each toilet shall be adequately trapped so as to prevent the escape of sewer gas.
All trash or other waste matter shall be kept in tightly closed flyproof and insectproof cans, and provisions shall be made for daily removal of all trash, waste matter or garbage from the licensed premises.
All entrances shall be adequately lighted after dark, and all ground areas about tourist cabins shall be adequately illuminated.
Each licensee shall file with the Clerk of the Township Committee a list of all rates or charges made for such accommodations and shall conspicuously post such a list in each separate room, together with a copy of this chapter and a copy of any other rules or regulations issued pursuant hereto, and shall charge no other rates for such accommodations other than are contained in the aforesaid list.
The Township Committee may appoint some fit person as Inspector under this chapter, which person may be any Township official or employee, who may receive such additional compensation as the Committee may by resolution direct.
Each licensed premises shall at all times be open to inspection by the members of the Township Committee or the aforesaid Inspector or any peace officer of the State of New Jersey, and all licensees shall at all times cooperate in facilitating such inspection.
Each licensee shall maintain any and all registers of guests required by the laws of the State of New Jersey and shall permit inspection of said register by the Inspector, members of the Township Committee and any peace officer of the State of New Jersey, at all times.
In addition to any other information required by law to be kept in said register, the register shall show the day and hour of arrival and departure of each guest and what room was assigned to him.
The Township Committee shall have the power by resolution to make such regulation or regulations, within the scope of the provisions of this chapter and not inconsistent therewith, as may be necessary or desirable to further implement the provisions thereof.
If any provision of this chapter shall be held invalid, it shall not affect the validity of any other provisions thereof.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent with the provisions hereof are repealed to the extent of such inconsistency.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon final passage and publication according to law.