[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the City of Clifton 4-15-1986 by Ord. No. 5071-86. Amendments noted where applicable.]
From the effective date of this chapter, no premises or portion of premises in a commercial or industrial property, whether in a commercial or industrial zone or in a different zone by reason of being a nonconforming use, shall be relet, rerented or sold and thereafter occupied by a new tenant or owner without the appropriate application for and issuance of a certificate of continued occupancy.
The landlord or tenant of the premises about to be newly occupied, or their respective agents, shall apply to the Construction Official for a certificate of continued occupancy and shall supply as necessary information on said application all facts relating to the nature of the business, occupation or industry, the manufacturing or other processes involved and the nature of all materials stored on the premises as part of or pertinent to said business, use or occupation. Upon receipt of said application, the Construction Official or his agent shall review same and inspect the premises within 10 days to determine whether such premises complies with all municipal ordinances and rules and regulations affecting the use and occupancy of such premises. No certificate of continued occupancy shall be issued unless there is full and complete compliance with all of the foregoing, unless otherwise specified in writing by the Construction Official or his agent.
The owner or owners of all commercial and industrial premises shall be responsible, in addition to the prospective tenant, for notification to the Construction Official of the pendency of any new tenancy or ownership.
All hotels, motels and rooming houses shall be exempt from the rental portions of this chapter only, provided that they keep an accurate register giving true names and addresses of all persons occupying any rooms for any period of time.
Any person or persons or partnership, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding 90 days or both for each offense. Each violation of any of the provisions of this chapter and each day the same is violated shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.