Township of Fairfield, NJ
Essex County
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[Ord. No. 2011-18]
This chapter is enacted to regulate and control hotel and motel rentals. Fairfield Township has a duty to the community, and other overnight guests, and an interest to protect the members of the public, from hotel and motel guests who are unwilling to act responsibly, and so the Township Council has deemed it appropriate to enact these regulations limiting the use of hotel and motel rooms and requiring certain registration requirements.
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SPECIAL HOTEL PROGRAM
Shall mean any program a guest is a member of through a participating hotel chain or hotel service provider, provided law enforcement can identify the guest and occupants from the records provided to enforce this law.
SUITE
Shall mean hotel or motel room that is more than double the size of a hotel's or motel's standard room size.
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Each operator of a motel/hotel shall obtain and maintain register of guests, and shall permit inspection of said register or other records identifying the guests staying at the hotel and motel, by any Police Officer.
b. 
For those guests who do not provide adequate identification by means of either credit card registration and/or special hotel programs, the motel/hotel operator shall make a photocopy of registered guest's driver's license, or other form of identification that would be recognized by the TSA; in addition to listing the registration of their vehicle or vehicles, in addition to signing of and/or the acknowledgment of restrictions. Such acknowledgement shall also specifically state that the guest registrant understands and agrees that if the room rented by that guest registrant shall be found to have more than six persons in his/her standard room, or 12 persons in his/her suite, that the guest registrant, other guests for that room, and all visitors shall be subject to immediate removal from the room at the request of the operator; and the guest registrant may be issued a summons for a violation of this chapter, which carries a fine of $1,250.
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It shall be unlawful for an operator of a motel/hotel to fail to require identification of the guest registrant as required above; or to refuse to provide such information to a Police Officer; provided, however, that any duty required under this section terminates on and after the sixty-day following the date the guest registrant vacates the motel/hotel.
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Registration shall be limited to 14 consecutive days. Upon the expiration of the 14th day, in order for the guest registrant to extend his/her stay, the operator must obtain a new registration; or if the stay is less than 14 days, but there is a break of a day or more in between the next registration.
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No operator of a motel/hotel shall permit the use of any guest room by more than six persons in his/her standard room, or 12 persons in his/her suite, including the guest registrant, his or her accompanying room guests, and any visitors.
b. 
No guest shall be permitted to register as a guest registrant without first executing an acknowledgement of this restriction.
c. 
If the guest is removed from the room for excessive occupancy in the case of a regular room in excess of six or 12 persons in the event of a suite, the guest registrant and other guests for that room shall be subject to the loss of any deposit or room rental costs for that day/night.
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The operator of the hotel/motel shall not permit guest registrants, guests or visitors to adversely interfere with the peace and quiet of the hotel/motel or other guests of the hotel/motel.
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No person shall indulge in and/or utter loud, offensive, or indecent language in and about a hotel/motel in such a manner or such a degree of loudness as to be injurious to public health or to interfere with, or prevent the sleep or repose of any other guests or visitors to the hotel/motel or to disturb the peace and quiet of the hotel/motel or any of its other guests.
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The operator of a motel/hotel shall be responsible for the control of the guest registrant, other guests and visitors to ensure against excessive noise, music, singing and/or entertainment occurring in any room rented by the guest registrant, other guests or visitors for that lodging unit or room. Accordingly, if such guest registrant, other guests or visitors of a room shall act inappropriately in regard to excessive noise, music, singing and/or entertainment, and having been advised that their noise, singing, music or entertainment is excessive, the guest registrant, other guests or visitors shall continue to make noise, sing, play music or have entertainment that is excessive as to the level of noise made such that neighbors of the hotel/motel or third party guests of the hotel/motel complain of the noise, singing, music or entertainment, then the operator shall be required to seek Police Officer intervention to remove the subject guest registrant and his/her other guests and visitors from the rented room to ensure the peace and tranquility of the motel/hotel. Failure to do so may result in a violation of this chapter, which carries a fine of $1,250.
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If the Police respond to any complaint regarding excessive noise, music, singing or entertainment occurring in any room of the hotel/motel with or without hotel/motel operator contact having been previously provided, the Police in their sole discretion may remove such guest registrant, guests or visitors from the premises based on the Police observations of the circumstances then existing.
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No person shall loiter in or upon any street, sidewalk, or public place or in or about any hotel/motel so as to interfere with the free and unobstructed access, presence or egress thereof by the public, nor utter or make any loud, indecent, abusive or offensive language or noise thereon; nor engage in any game of chance for money or other valuable thing in such hotel/motel.
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No person shall enter, without legitimate and reasonable business, or for an unlawful purpose or any other purpose upon any hotel/motel without having previously obtained permission of the owner or person in lawful control and possession of the place to use the furniture, showers, toilets, or any other facilities, or loiter or roam about the premises.
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Any violation of any provision not specifically referencing a fine is subject to a fine of $1,250. Each and every violation of any portion of the chapter shall be considered a separate violation of this chapter.