[Code 1985, §49.010; CC 1990 §12-121]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- Any unit or combination of units set aside as a rental unit.
- Any building occupied as the abiding place of persons, who are lodged with or without meals, in which, as a rule, the rooms are occupied singly for hire, and in which there are more than fifteen (15) sleeping rooms.
- A series of attached, semi-attached, or detached dwelling units with separate entrances, operated as a single business, containing individual sleeping units with bathrooms and closet space, with or without kitchens, designed for or used by automobile tourists and transients, and includes tourist courts, auto courts, and motor lodges; with convenient access to a parking space for the use of the unit's occupants, and direct and convenient access to a travelled road; and maintained and held out to the public as accommodations for auto tourists and transients by the day, week, or month, whether a charge is made or not.
- OWNER OR OPERATOR
- Mean and include the owner, manager, tenant, or any person owning or in charge of the motel or hotel.
- A room or suite of rooms in a hotel or motel designed for occupation for living or sleeping purposes.
[Code 1985, §49.020; CC 1990 §12-122; Ord. No. 2053, 11-10-2009]
It is hereby made the duty of the Director of Public Works or designee to enforce all of the provisions of this Chapter as prescribed herein or such provisions as may hereafter be enacted. For the purpose of securing such enforcement, any of the above named officials or their duly authorized representatives, shall have the right, and are hereby empowered, to enter upon any premises upon which any hotel or motel is located or about to be located, and to inspect the same and all accommodations connected therewith, at any reasonable time. They, acting individually or collectively, are further empowered to issue orders to the license officer affecting the granting, renewing, revoking, or suspension of such permits and licenses as are provided for in this Chapter.
Whenever, upon such inspection, it shall be found that such business and property so inspected is not being conducted, or is not equipped in the manner and condition required by the provisions of this Chapter, it shall thereupon be the duty of the Director of Public Works or designee to notify the owner, operator, proprietor or agent in charge of such business, or the owner or agent of the building so occupied, of such changes or alterations as may be necessary to effect a complete compliance with the provisions of this Chapter.
It shall thereupon be the duty of such owner, operator, proprietor or agent of the building so occupied to make such alterations or changes as may be necessary to put such building and premises in a condition that will fully comply with the provisions of this Chapter. All permanent repairs and alterations to the building and premises to be made by the owner, operator, proprietor or agent thereof shall be made within thirty (30) days after receipt of such notice as provided herein. If such repairs or alterations are not made and completed within such thirty (30) day period; or if such owner, operator, proprietor or agent fails or refuses to comply with the requirements of such notice within such thirty (30) day period, then it shall be the duty of the Director of Public Works or designee to close said motel or hotel until such requirements are met and full compliance is made.
[Code 1985, §49.060; CC 1990 §12-123]
Every motel or hotel, and every part thereof, shall be kept clean and free from any accumulation of dirt, filth, garbage or other matter in or upon the same or in the yard, court, passage, area or alley connected with or belonging to the same. No litter or other material or articles shall be allowed to accumulate on the premises in such a manner as to cause a fire hazard; nor shall any object or condition be allowed which would block the easy egress of all the inhabitants in case of fire. The owner of any motel or hotel or part thereof, shall thoroughly cleanse all the rooms, passages, stairs, floors, windows, doors, walls, ceilings, privies, and drains thereof.
[Code 1985, §49.070; CC 1990 §12-124]
All hotels and motels shall provide each bed, bunk, cot or other sleeping place for the use of guests with pillow slips, under and top sheets, and blankets; all such sheets and pillow slips after being used by one (1) guest must be washed before being used by another guest, a clean set being furnished each succeeding guest.
[Code 1985, §49.080; CC 1990 §12-125]
All bedding, including mattresses, quilts, blankets, pillows, sheets and comforters, used in any hotel or motel in this City must be thoroughly aired, disinfected and kept clean. No bedding, including mattresses, quilts, blankets, pillows, sheets or comforters shall be used which is worn out or is unfit for further use. Any room in any motel or hotel infested with vermin, bugs or insects of any type shall be fumigated, disinfected and renovated until such vermin, bugs or insects are exterminated. All carpets and equipment used in any hotel or motel in this City, as well as all walls and ceilings, must be kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
[Code 1985, §49.050; CC 1990 §12-126]
The Board of Aldermen may at any time require the inspection of any hotel or motel by the City Officials or any one of them to whom the enforcement of this Chapter is delegated; and may order any alterations or changes made or the installation made of any safety appliance which may be necessary to render the premises sanitary, safe, or suitable for the purposes for which they are used.
[Code 1985, §49.090; CC 1990 §12-127; Ord. No. 2053, 11-10-2009]
All notices to be served by the Director of Public Works or designee as provided for in this Chapter shall be in writing and shall be either delivered personally or by registered letter to the owner, operator, proprietor or agent of such building and premises.
[Code 1985, §49.110; CC 1990 §12-128]
Any owner, proprietor, agent, manager or other person in charge of a motel or hotel who shall obstruct or hinder an inspector in the proper discharge of his/her duties as set forth in this Chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished as provided in Section 100.110 of this Code.
[Code 1985, §49.100; CC 1990 §12-129]
Any person who shall operate a motel or hotel in this City, or who shall let a building used for such business without having first complied with the provisions of this Chapter or who violates any of the provisions of same shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof be punished as provided in Section 100.110 of this Code.
[Code 1985, §49.030(1); CC 1990 §12-146]
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, operate, maintain, or permit to be established, operated, or maintained, upon any property owned or controlled by him/her a motel or hotel without first having secured a license therefor from the City Clerk.
[Code 1985, §49.030(1), (3); CC 1990 §12-147]
The application for a license hereunder or the renewal shall be filed with the City Clerk and shall be accompanied by the appropriate license fee as provided in Section 625.130 of this Chapter. The application for a license or a renewal thereof shall include the name and address of the owner in fee of the tract (if the fee is vested in some person other than the applicant); a duly verified statement by that person that the applicant is authorized to construct or maintain a motel or hotel and make the application; the name and address of the person expecting to operate such motel or hotel; the location of same; the number of rooms available for guests; and the capacity thereof in number of guests which can be accommodated.
[Code 1985, §49.030; CC 1990 §12-148; Ord. No. 2053, 11-10-2009]
Upon receipt of an application for a license under this Chapter or for the renewal thereof, the City Clerk shall refer a copy of same to the Director of Public Works or designee which officer shall make an investigation and inspection concerning the contents of the application from the standpoint of health, sanitation, safety and zoning. The officer shall make a report of his/her investigation and inspection, which, together with the application, shall be referred to the Board of Aldermen for action.
[Code 1985, §49.040; CC 1990 §12-149]
The annual license fee for a license issued under this Chapter for motels and hotels shall be as follows: ten dollars ($10.00) per room, but not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00).
[Code 1985, §49.030; CC 1990 §12-150]
Licenses issued under this Chapter shall not be transferable from one (1) person to another or from one (1) location to another.
[Code 1985, §49.050; CC 1990 §12-151]
In the event of failure to comply with any requirements pursuant to Section 625.060 within a period of thirty (30) days, then the license may be revoked by the Board of Aldermen after notice and public hearing.
[Code 1985, §49.030(1); CC 1990 §12-152]
A license issued under this Chapter shall expire one (1) year from the date of original issuance and may be renewed under the provisions of this Chapter for additional periods of one (1) year.
[Code 1985, §§49.030(1), (3), 49.050; CC 1990 §12-153]
The operator of a hotel or motel shall in the month of May of every year make application for renewal of a license issued under this Chapter, at which time inspection shall be made as upon original application.
The application for a license renewal shall be filed with the City Clerk and shall be accompanied by the appropriate license fee as provided in Section 625.130 of this Chapter. The application for a license or a renewal thereof shall include the name and address of the owner in fee of the tract (if the fee is vested in some person other than the applicant); a duly verified statement by that person that the applicant is authorized to construct or maintain a motel or hotel and make the application; the name and address of the person expecting to operate such motel or hotel; the location of same; the number of rooms available for guests; and the capacity thereof in number of guests which can be accommodated.