[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville by Ord. No. 2000-39 (Ch. 5.54 of the 1998 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BUSINESS OF CONDUCTING TOURIST ACCOMMODATIONS
- The renting, leasing, maintaining, keeping, operating, conducting or providing of overnight or temporary sleeping accommodations for a consideration to tourists, transients or travelers in tourist accommodations, whether meals are served on the premises or not.
- LODGING UNIT
- Any separate room, suite, cabin or quarters, whether or not physically attached or connected to any building or structure used for tourist accommodations.
- TOURIST ACCOMMODATIONS
- A group of buildings more commonly known as motels, hotels, tourist courts, tourist lodges, tourist cabins, motor lodges, motor courts, auto courts.
No person shall engage in the business of conducting tourist accommodations without first having applied for and obtained a license from the Township Committee.
The following information is required:
A description of the buildings, structures and accommodations upon the lands or those proposed to be erected thereon.
A list of the housing or lodging units either erected or proposed, with the maximum number of persons which can be accommodated in each unit.
A description of the type of construction and whether or not the same are or will be fireproof, and a description of the size of the automobile off-street parking areas.
A statement as to whether or not pets would be allowed at the facility.
A statement as to whether or not the premises contains a cigarette vending machine.
In the case of corporate applicants, the names and addresses of all stockholders holding 10% or more of any stock and the names and addresses of all members of the Board of Directors and all officers of the corporation.
On all newly proposed buildings or structures, a sketch of the premises showing all buildings and structures, their size and location, proposed off-street parking areas and proposed signs accompanying the application.
The Township Clerk shall forward the application to the Health Officer and the Land Use Administrator who shall inspect the premises to determine whether or not they comply with respective Township ordinances and regulations. If the premises does not comply, the officer shall attach to the application a written list of recommendations and return the same to the Township Clerk who shall in turn return the application along with the recommendations to the applicant.
When new construction for tourist accommodations is planned, the Health Officer, Land Use Administrator and Construction Official shall review the plans to be sure the applicant complies with all Township ordinances or regulations, and, if they do not comply, their recommendations shall be attached to the application and returned to the Township Clerk who shall in turn return the application along with the recommendations to the applicant.
The annual fee for a license shall be as set forth in Chapter 169, Fee Schedule. If a license is issued after July 1, the fee shall be as set forth in Chapter 169.
Applications made for transfer of an existing license to another person shall set forth the same matters and things as are required by this chapter to be set forth in connection with an original application for a license. The Township Committee with the consent of the licensee and upon payment of a fee of 20% of the annual license fee for the license sought to be transferred, may transfer to such applicant any license issued under the terms of this chapter. The 20% shall be retained by the Township whether the transfer is granted or not.
[Amended by Ord. No. 2002-07]
Each licensee shall at all times maintain and preserve on the licensed premises a card register which shall be available at any hour of the day or night to any law enforcement officer. All card registers shall be maintained on the licensed premises for a period of not less than six years.
No person shall occupy and no licensee shall permit any person to occupy a lodging unit on the licensed premises unless the person renting such lodging unit writes in the card register in ink and in his own handwriting his full and true name and address, together with the names of any and all additional people who will be occupying the room. The applicant shall also list the make, year, and state license or registration number of the motor vehicle then being used by the registrant.
The licensee shall cause to be written on the register card in ink the number of the lodging unit assigned to each registrant, the date and hour of registration, the signature of the person taking or accepting the registration and the date when the occupant of each lodging unit quits and surrenders the same.
Off-street parking areas shall be provided on the premises for all vehicles belonging to the occupants of the tourist accommodations.
The Police Department may inspect the licensed premises at any hour of the day or night to determine that the provisions of this chapter are being complied with.