[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Shorewood as Ch. 10, Arts. 12 and 18 of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated. The word "shall" as used in this chapter is always mandatory and not merely directory.
- Any rooming unit or combination of rooming units set aside as a rental unit.
- AUTO TOURIST or TRANSIENT
- Any person who, either at his own expense or at the expense of another, obtains lodging or the use of lodging space in any motel, with the intent to remain temporarily rather than permanently.
- A series of attached, semiattached or detached rooming units which may be located in a single building or structure, with separate entrances, operated as a single business, containing individual sleeping units with bathrooms and closet space, designed for or used by automobile tourists and transients, and shall include tourist courts, auto courts, motor inns and motor lodges, with convenient access to a parking space for the use of the units' occupants and direct and convenient access to a traveled road, and maintained and rented to the public as accommodations for auto tourists and transients by the day, week or month.
- OWNER or OPERATOR
- Includes the owner, manager, tenant or any person owning or in charge of the motel, and shall include natural persons, firms or corporations.
- Includes persons, partnership, firm, company, corporation, tenant, owner, lessee or licensee, or occupant, their agents, heirs or assigns.
- ROOMING UNIT
- A room or suite of rooms, in a motel, occupied or designed for occupation for sleeping purposes.
The Building Inspector, in cooperation with the Village Health Officer, the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief, has the duty and responsibility to enforce all the provisions of this chapter as prescribed herein, or such provisions as may hereafter be enacted, and for the purpose of securing such enforcement, any of the above or their duly authorized representatives shall have the right and are hereby empowered to enter upon any premises on which any motel units are located or are about to be located and inspect the same and all accommodations connected therewith at any and all reasonable times.
[Amended 9-18-1995 by Ord. No. 1717]
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, operate or maintain, or permit to be established, operated or maintained, upon any property owned or controlled by him, a motel within the limits of the Village of Shorewood without first securing a license therefor from the Village Board. Such license shall expire the 30th day of June each year but may be renewed under the provisions of this chapter for additional periods of one year. Licenses shall not be transferable from one person to another. In addition to any license required under this chapter, Chapter 229, Food, Lodging and Recreational Safety and Licensing, of the Village Code requires all motels to be licensed and pay the fees pursuant to the provisions of that chapter.
[Amended 1-9-2006 by Ord. No. 1906]
The application for a license or the renewal thereof shall be filed with the Village Clerk and shall be accompanied by a fee as provided by the Village Fee Schedule for each existing or proposed motel rooming unit and a license bond in the sum of $2,000 to guarantee compliance with the terms of this chapter. The application for a license or a renewal thereof shall be on printed forms furnished by the Village Clerk and 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 shall be required from that person stating that the applicant is authorized by him to construct or maintain the motel and to make the application) and such a legal description of the premises upon which the motel is or will be located as will readily identify and definitely locate the premises. The application shall be accompanied by four copies of the motel site plan, as required under § 370-5 hereof.
Before such license may be issued, the Village Board shall consider recommendations by a majority of the members of the Shorewood Plan Commission and of the Design Review Board; in addition, the plans for the motel development must be approved by the Building Inspector as complying with all of the provisions of this chapter and all of the other applicable ordinances of the Village of Shorewood before such license may be issued. In making such recommendations to the Village Board, the Plan Commission and the Design Review Board shall consider as factors the guidelines and criteria set forth in § 225-12H of the Shorewood Village Code.
Licenses issued under the terms of this chapter convey no right to erect any building, to do any plumbing work or to do any electrical work without first obtaining the required permits for such work.
In every motel, there shall be an office in which shall be located the office of the person in charge of said motel. A copy of the motel license and of this chapter shall be posted therein, and the motel register shall at all times be kept in said office.
It is hereby made the duty of the attendant or person in charge, together with the licensee, to:
Keep at all times a register of all guests which shall be open at all times to inspection by state and federal officers and officers of the Village of Shorewood, showing for all guests:
Maintain the motel in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition at all times.
See that the provisions of this chapter are complied with and enforced and report promptly to the proper authorities any violations of this chapter or any other violations of law which may come to his attention.
Report to the Village Health Officer all cases of persons or animals affected or suspected of being affected with any communicable disease.
Prevent the running loose of any dogs, cats or other animals or pets.
Maintain in convenient places, approved by the Fire Department, hand fire extinguishers in good operating condition, in a ratio as required by the Fire Department or by state law.
Prohibit the use of any motel unit, rooming unit or part thereof by a greater number of occupants than that which it is designed to accommodate.
Post rates as required by state law; it shall be unlawful for any owner or operator of a motel to make an extra charge for the use of appliances or facilities such as air conditioning, television, fans, radios, swimming pool, etc., unless such extra charge is clearly shown on the posted rate schedule or in some other satisfactory manner to be approved by the Building Inspector.
The Village Board may approve a site plan upon the advice of the Village Planner, Village Engineer, the Design Review Board and the Plan Commission with respect to the design and location of structures, layout and improvement of off-street parking and loading areas, location and width of driveways, ingress and egress to and from the site, grading, location and planting of landscape areas and location and design of lighting and signs.
Rooming units shall be clearly designated. All parking spaces provided for said rooming units shall be of such design, nature and number as is required under Chapter 535, Zoning, of the Shorewood Village Code.
Each rooming unit of a motel, exclusive of bathroom and closet facilities, shall have at least 200 square feet of floor area for a single occupancy, 250 square feet of floor area for a double occupancy, and at least 300 square feet of floor area for more than a double occupancy.
Every rooming unit of a motel shall be furnished with an electrical service as is required under the State Electrical Code.
Every rooming unit of a motel shall have at least one window. The total window area shall be at least 10% of the floor area of the rooming unit. Ventilation approved by the Building Inspector shall be required.
The bathroom in each rooming unit shall be as required under Chapter 225, Building Construction, of the Village Code.
Whenever the motel site adjoins a residential area, a suitable wall or fence not less than five feet in height shall be erected, and whenever the area designated on the site plan for off-street parking or for off-street loading adjoins a residential area, in addition to the wall or fence and adjacent thereto, a landscaped strip not less than four feet in depth shall be planted and permanently maintained or, in the alternative, wherever the site adjoins a residential area, a compact evergreen hedge not less than five feet in height shall be planted and permanently maintained, provided that within a required front yard or within 50 feet of a street intersection, the height of the wall, fence or hedge shall be limited to four feet.
An adequate loading zone shall be provided to service the motel, which shall be approved by the Building Inspector.
The provisions of Chapter 445, Signs, of the Shorewood Village Code shall govern and regulate all signing for motels.
All plumbing, electrical, building and other work on or at any motel licensed under this chapter shall be in accordance with the ordinances of the Village of Shorewood regulating such work unless said ordinances are specifically made inapplicable under the terms of this chapter.
[Amended 1-9-2006 by Ord. No. 1906]
Each rooming unit of a motel shall have a complete bathroom, including flush toilet, sink, bath or shower. Floors of bathrooms shall be constructed of materials which are impervious to water. Each bathroom shall be provided with an adequate supply of hot and cold running water, soap, individual or paper towels and toilet paper at all times. In addition, the provisions of the state code applicable hereto shall govern.
The Village Board is hereby authorized to suspend or revoke any license issued pursuant to the terms of this chapter if, after due investigation, it determines that the holder thereof has violated any of the provisions of this chapter or that any motel is being maintained in an unsanitary or unsafe manner or is a nuisance.
Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Village Board granting, denying, renewing, suspending or revoking a license for a motel under this chapter may file a written request for a hearing before said Board within 10 days after issuance of such decision. The appeal procedures set forth in § 370-11 shall be applicable herein.
Subject to other provisions of this chapter, any person aggrieved by an administrative ruling, judgment or decision may appeal for a hearing before the Board of Appeals within 10 days after the issuance of such ruling, judgment or decision. A nonrefundable appeal fee as provided by the Village Fee Schedule shall accompany each and every appeal brought hereunder. The Village Clerk shall give notice of a hearing to the appellant, to be held within 30 days after service of the notice on the appellant, said service to be served either personally or by certified mail addressed to the appellant's last known address. All other interested parties may be given written notice of said hearing by regular mail. Upon conclusion of the hearing held by the Board of Appeals, the Board shall make a ruling. The written decision of the Board shall be mailed to the appellant by the Village Clerk within 10 days of said decision. Any determination by the Board of Appeals may be appealed to the Circuit Court of Milwaukee County as provided by law.
[Amended 2-4-1991 by Ord. No. 1596]