[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of North Tonawanda 6-4-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 103.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BED-AND-BREAKFAST BUSINESS
- A business which operates either a bed-and-breakfast home, bed-and-breakfast inn or country inn.
- BED-AND-BREAKFAST HOME
- Owner-occupied and -managed residence resulting from a conversion of a one-family dwelling, used for providing overnight accommodations and a morning meal to not more than 10 transient lodgers, and containing at least two, but not more than five bedrooms for such lodgers.
- BED-AND-BREAKFAST INN
- A professionally run business operated in a building which is used primarily for providing overnight accommodations to the public even though the owner may live on the premises. A bed-and-breakfast inn can have accommodations for more than 10 guests and may have up to 24 guest rooms. Breakfast is the only meal served and is included in the charge for the room. A bed-and-breakfast inn may be saleable to a new owner.
- COUNTRY INN
- A professionally run business which offers accommodations and dining. Overnight accommodations are available and a full-service restaurant provides breakfast, dinner and perhaps lunch to overnight guests and/or the public. The number of guest rooms may range from four to 24. A country inn may be saleable to a new owner.
No person, either as owner, agent or otherwise, shall furnish, operate, conduct, maintain, advertise or otherwise be engaged in the bed-and-breakfast business unless the owner holds a valid permit issued pursuant to this chapter.
Certification. A permit shall be granted or renewed by the Building Inspector upon certification by the Inspector, Niagara County Health Department and Fire Marshal that all applicable codes and regulations have been met. The Building Department may request any additional information deemed necessary to determine whether or not a permit shall be issued.
Fee. Application for a permit or renewal shall be accompanied by a fee of $30.
Expiration. Permits shall be renewable every three years upon application and inspection by the Building Inspector and Fire Marshal.
A bed-and-breakfast home must be incidental to the use of the property as a single-family home. The business operator must also occupy the house as a primary residence.
All bed-and-breakfast businesses must comply with the existing zoning regulations.
All facilities must conform with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, as well as all other applicable local, state and federal regulations.
Residential structures may be remodeled for the development of a bed-and-breakfast business. However, structural alterations may not be made which prevent the structure from being utilized as a residence in the future, or which create a detriment to the surrounding residences. Internal and external changes which will make the dwelling appear less residential in nature or function are not permitted.
Parking. One off-street parking space shall be provided in the driveway or behind the business for each room designated as a rental quarter. These spaces must be in addition to the off-street parking spaces of the residents and must be maintained in a manner compatible with the general character of the neighborhood.
Cooking facilities are prohibited in individual guest rooms.
Signage. Signage shall comply with the North Tonawanda City Code and is subject to prior approval of the Building Inspector.
Use by guests shall be temporary. No guest shall register for more than four weeks in a three-month period.
This chapter shall take effect immediately.