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Township of Woodbridge, NJ
Middlesex County
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Editor's Note: For State statute containing similar registration provisions, see N.J.S.A. 29:4-1 et seq. For provisions relating to registration of guests in trailer parks, see Subsection 16-3.5c of these Revised General Ordinances.
[1974 Code § 13-1]
As used in this section:
ACCOMMODATIONS
Shall mean tourist camps, tourist cabins, tourist homes, rooming houses, lodging houses, boardinghouses, inns, motels or hotels, where sleeping facilities are furnished for pay to tourists, transients or travelers, whether or not meals are served to said persons.
[1974 Code § 13-2]
Any person engaged in the business of maintaining accommodations, as defined in Subsection 21-1.1, shall keep and maintain a bound register which shall comply with the following:
a. 
The true name and address of each guest renting or occupying any part of the accommodation shall be inscribed in the register.
b. 
The person renting the space or someone under his direction shall sign the register.
c. 
Opposite each inscribed name, the proprietor or his/her agent shall state:
1. 
The date and time of day of registration.
2. 
The number of the room or other identification of the space rented.
3. 
The state motor vehicle license number of the vehicle used by the registrant.
4. 
The date and time of day upon which each guest quits and surrenders his respective occupancy.
[1974 Code § 13-5; Ord. #2015-63]
Nothing in this section shall be construed in any way to apply to any duly licensed hotel or motel having more than ten (10) sleeping rooms for guests.
[1972 Code § 13-6; New; Ord. #2015-63]
Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the provisions of Chapter 1, § 1-5.
[1974 Code § 13-32; Ord. #85-7 § 1]
No owner, including agents of owners or managing agents, shall operate a hotel, motel or rooming and boardinghouse in the Township without first procuring a license pursuant to Ordinance No. 84-11, adopted March 20, 1984. Such license shall be renewed annually no later than December 31 of the preceding year.
Editor's Note: See § 35-12 of this Code.
[1974 Code § 13-33; Ord #85-7 § 2; Ord. #08-106; amended 6-25-2019 by Ord. No. 19-77]
a. 
All hotels, motels and rooming and boardinghouses shall be subject to an annual inspection and subject to all the provisions of the BOCA Basic Housing Property Maintenance Code, 1975, as adopted in Chapter 18, Property Maintenance, of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Woodbridge, New Jersey, and the New Jersey Public Health Nuisance Code (adopted 1953), as adopted in Chapter 35, Health Regulations, of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Woodbridge, New Jersey, both of which as amended and supplemented from time to time.
b. 
All hotel and motel patrons shall be furnished, daily, a clean supply of linens, and such shall mean bedding, towels and washcloths. Every hotel/motel shall have a member of its staff enter into each occupied guest room at least once per day to service the room, unless access is denied or otherwise prohibited by the occupant of the guest room.
c. 
All mattresses in hotels and motels shall be enclosed in a plastic zippered pouch so as to protect said mattresses from all forms of contamination and infestation.
d. 
The premises of hotels and motels, including exterior grounds and common areas, shall be serviced by a licensed professional exterminator on a monthly basis so as to prevent and control any nuisances relative to rodent or insect infestation.
e. 
Definitions. For the purposes of this section the following definitions shall apply:
FULL-SERVICE HOTEL/MOTEL
A building containing furnished rooms without kitchen facilities rented out to be occupied for sleeping purposes by transient guests who have their residence elsewhere and do not use for a permanent address. A general kitchen, dining room or meeting room may be provided within the building or as an accessory building. Customary hotel/motel services must be provided, such as but not limited to maid services, laundering of linen, telephone and secretarial or desk service and the use and upkeep of furniture. Full-service hotels always contain restaurants and possibly a bar or lounge with entertainment, personal services, health club and retail stores.
MOTEL
Any building containing furnished rooms without kitchen facilities rented out to be occupied that does not meet the above definition of a full-service hotel/motel.
f. 
Each motel room shall have a deadbolt, peep hole, door chain, solid doors and frame, with a telephone.
g. 
Every motel shall post conspicuously in its lobby a notice that clearly outlines appropriate guest and visitor behavior and includes the hotel- or motel-imposed sanctions for violating the rules of conduct. Said rules shall at a minimum include that:
1. 
No illegal activity (including but not limited to drug use/sales, prostitution, possession of firearms, and underage drinking) is allowed on the premises.
2. 
No loitering is allowed on the premises.
3. 
No public drinking is allowed.
4. 
Playing loud music is prohibited.
5. 
Quiet hours shall be in effect between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
6. 
All visitors must check in at the front desk.
7. 
Guest rooms may not be used for private parties.
8. 
The management shares registration information with local police.
[1974 Code § 13-34; Ord. #85-7 § 3]
It shall be unlawful for the owner/operator of any hotel or motel to permit the usage of any electrical hot plate or heating/cooking devices to be used in any room or unit.
[1974 Code § 13-35; Ord. #85-7 § 4]
Licensure by the Division of Health will be contingent upon annual satisfactory approvals by the Division of Housing and Fire Subcode Officials.
[Ord. #08-106]
Prior to issuance of a renewed license, pursuant to Subsection 21-2.1, the Woodbridge Police Department shall review the CFS from the licensee's facility. If the number of CFS (i) exceeds the average number of CFS for other similarly sized hotels, motels or rooming houses in the Township; (ii) if there are not similarly sized hotels, motels or rooming houses in the Township, then if the number of CFS are equal to or greater than three (3); (iii) the total CFS over the twelve (12) month license period exceed six (6); or (iv) any CFS involves the commission of a felony or results in serious bodily injury to any person; the operator and staff of the licensee shall, unless good cause to the contrary is shown, be required to attend a safe hotel, motel and rooming house training course conducted by the Woodbridge Police Department, and to implement such policies and procedures as required by the Township. The licensee shall pay a fee of five hundred ($500.00) dollars for each training session its operator and staff are required to attend.
[1974 Code § 13-36; Ord. #85-7 § 5; Ord. #08-106]
Any person who shall violate the provisions of this section shall be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, § 1-5. Each and every day that this section shall be violated in any of its provisions shall be considered a distinct offense. This section shall be enforced by the Department of Health of the Township of Woodbridge.
[Ord. #03-35, § 1]
It is the purpose of this section to implement the provisions of P.L. 2003, c. 114, which authorizes the Governing Body of a municipality to adopt an ordinance imposing a tax at a uniform percentage rate not to exceed one (1%) percent on charges of rent for every occupancy on or after July 1, 2003, but before July 1, 2004, and not to exceed three (3%) percent on charges of rent for every occupancy on or after July 1, 2004, of a room or rooms in a hotel subject to taxation pursuant to Subsection (d) of Section 3 of P.L. 1966, c. 40 (N.J.S.A. 54:32B-3) which shall be in addition to any other tax or fee imposed pursuant to statute or local ordinance or resolution by any governmental entity upon the occupancy of a hotel room.
[Ord. #03-35, § 1]
There is hereby established a Hotel and Motel Room Occupancy Tax in the Township of Woodbridge which shall be fixed at a rate of one (1%) percent on charges of rent for every occupancy of a hotel or motel room in the Township of Woodbridge on or after July 1, 2003, but before July 1, 2004, and three (3%) percent on charges of rent for every occupancy of a hotel or motel room in the Township of Woodbridge on or after July 1, 2004, of a room or rooms in a hotel subject to taxation pursuant to Subsection (d) of Section 3 of P.L. 1966, c. 40, N.J.S.A. 54:32B-3 (sales tax).
[Ord. #03-35, § 1]
The Hotel and Motel Room Occupancy Tax shall be in addition to any other tax or fee imposed pursuant to statute or local ordinance or resolution by any governmental entity upon the occupancy of a hotel room.
[Ord. #03-35, § 1]
In accordance with the requirements of P.L. 2003, c. 114:
a. 
All taxes imposed by this section shall be paid by the purchaser.
b. 
A vendor shall not assume or absorb any tax imposed by this section.
c. 
A vendor shall not in any manner advertise or hold out to any person or to the public in general, in any manner, directly or indirectly, that the tax will be assumed or absorbed by the vendor, that the tax will not be separately charged and stated to the customer, or that the tax will be refunded to the customer.
d. 
Each assumption or absorption by a vendor of the tax shall be deemed a separate offense and each representation or advertisement by a vendor for each day that the representation or advertisement continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
e. 
The penalty for violation of the foregoing provisions shall be up to five hundred ($500.00) dollars for each offense.
[Ord. #03-35, § 1]
The tax imposed by this section shall be collected on behalf of the Township, by the person collecting the rent from the hotel or motel customer. Each person required to collect the tax herein imposed shall be personally liable for the tax imposed, collected, or required to be collected hereunder. Any such person shall have the same right in respect to collecting the tax from a customer as if the tax were a part of the rent and payable at the same time; provided that the Chief Financial Officer of the Township shall be joined as a party in any action or proceeding brought to collect the tax.
[Ord. #03-35, § 1]
This tax shall be paid in accordance with the provisions of P.L. 2003, c. 114, et seq.
[Ord. #07-11]
Each vendor required to collect the Hotel and Motel Room Occupancy Tax shall forward to the Township by the tenth (10th) day of each month, the amount indicated on line 5 of their Municipal Occupancy Tax Return (HM 100). The vendor may submit the required information by letter or e-mail. Vendor shall also provide evidence of payment to the State of New Jersey in the form of a cancelled check or proof of wire transfer.
[Added 5-21-2019 by Ord. No. 19-67]
CPTED
A program to assist owners and managers of hotels and motels with providing better safety conditions for their guests, lower maintenance and repair costs, and crime reduction, known as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design ("CPTED"), as modified from time to time.
HOTEL/MOTEL
A building containing furnished rooms rented out to be occupied by transient guests who have their residence elsewhere and do not use the building for a permanent address.
OWNER
The owner of the hotel or motel, or its full-time staff representative responsible for overseeing the design, maintenance, and security of the hotel or motel.
a. 
All owners of hotels/motels shall attend a CPTED training seminar.
1. 
Owners shall attend CPTED training prior to being issued a certificate of occupancy (CO) or continued certificate of occupancy (CCO).
2. 
In the event a CPTED training course is not available prior to obtaining a CO or CCO, a conditional CPTED certificate may be issued to permit the owner to obtain CO or CCO.
b. 
The CPTED Program shall be administered by a CPTED Coordinator designated by the Police Director.
All owners shall, prior to renting a hotel/motel room, obtain a CPTED certificate issued by the CPTED Coordinator.
In order to obtain a CPTED certificate, owners shall:
a. 
Attend and successfully complete a CPTED training seminar administered by the CPTED Coordinator or his designee; and
b. 
Implement the CPTED recommended guest and visitor screening protocols; and
c. 
Implement the CPTED recommended guest and visitor management protocols; and
d. 
Use reasonable efforts to implement the CPTED recommended physical environment guidelines; and
e. 
Implement the CPTED recommended guidelines for the fostering of responsibility among hotel and motel owners and staff for the maintenance of safe lodging.
Every hotel/motel owner shall attend a retraining seminar annually, at such dates and times as the CPTED Coordinator shall determine, upon written notice to owners.
a. 
All owners of hotels and motels currently in existence shall comply with the terms of Subsection 21-4.4 within 90 days of the date of the adoption of this section.
b. 
Owners who acquire additional hotels/motels shall bring the newly acquired dwelling units into CPTED compliance by satisfying the requirements of Subsection 21-4.4 within 90 days of acquiring title to the dwelling units.
In the event a CPTED seminar is not available prior to a guest taking occupancy of a hotel/motel dwelling unit, the CPTED Coordinator may issue a conditional CPTED Certificate subject to the owner complying with the obligation of this section not later than the next CPTED seminar available.
Any owner who fails to maintain compliance with the CPTED certification requirements contained herein shall be subject to the revocation of its CPTED certification by the CPTED Coordinator. The owner may request a hearing prior to the proposed revocation by notifying the CPTED Coordinator within 15 days of the date of the revocation notice by CPTED Coordinator to the owner.
Upon obtaining a CPTED certificate the Township, upon the owner's request, shall provide the owner's insurance company with proof of the successful measures undertaken by the owner to create a safer, more secure property.
The Woodbridge Township Planning Board, the Woodridge Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Woodbridge Redevelopment Agency shall require any developers of hotels and motels to attend CPTED training, and to implement recommendations of the Woodbridge Police Department resulting from a review of the plans for the proposed hotels and motels.
Any owner who fails to comply with all requirements of this § 21-4 shall be subject to a fine of up to $500 for a first offense, a fine of up to $1,000 for a second offense, and a fine of up to $2,000 for a third or subsequent offense.