[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Galloway as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 3-13-2007 by Ord. No. 1686]
Editor's Note: This ordinance superseded former Art. I, Regulation of Duration of Stay, adopted 10-11-2005 by Ord. No. 1626.
Every hotel and motel in the Township of Galloway shall be required to do the following:
Maintain at all times a registry identifying the name of each occupant of each rooming unit, together with the principal residence address of each such occupant and the date upon which his/her occupancy of such rooming unit commenced, which registry shall be signed by the person renting the room. Such registry shall be a valid driver's license and/or picture ID, which must be kept on file and subject to review by the Code Enforcement Officer of Galloway Township upon period inspections.
Must post in a conspicuous place or manner in each rooming unit a statement of the range of rates charged by the hotel or motel, including seasonal rates, and a legible printed copy.
[Amended 2-10-2015 by Ord. No. 1903-2015]
"Transient occupancy" means occupancy in hotels and motels for a period of occupancy which does not exceed 30 days. Except as otherwise set forth in this article, no hotel or motel guest may occupy a hotel or motel unit in such facility for more than 30 consecutive days or 30 days within any forty-five-day period and may not extend such occupancy by moving into another unit within the same facility.
Notwithstanding the limitations of Subsection A above, hotels and motels may permit extended stays beyond 30 days of each year during a school term and subject to an agreement between the hotel or motel and a public institution of higher learning regulated by the State of New Jersey pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:16-1 et seq. Such agreement shall provide for the institution to provide for a resident assistant to reside on site to supervise the student occupants and to help to ensure the maintenance of appropriate occupancy standards. A copy of said agreement shall be submitted to the Township.
Any hotel or motel which permits nontransient occupancy of any of its units shall pay to the Township on a monthly basis for each such unit an amount equal to the hotel and motel room occupancy tax established by Chapter 299. However, this payment shall be the direct obligation of the hotel or motel and not of the hotel or motel customer.
Although the registration and inspection requirements otherwise applicable to rental units in accordance with Chapter 276 are waived for such nontransient hotel and motel occupancy, such occupancy shall be subject to the regulations set forth in § 276-6, Repeated quality of life violations, and the fines and penalties set forth in § 276-7.
All hotels and motels permitting nontransient occupancy pursuant to this article shall, no later than the 15th day of each month, submit a report to the Township of Galloway on a form to be provided by the Township and shall document all nontransient occupancy in such hotel or motel for the preceding month. Such reports shall be accompanied by the appropriate payment to the Township pursuant to this article. The payment set forth in Subsection C of this section shall be in lieu of the fee otherwise required pursuant to § 276-2 for rental units.
Compliance with requirements of this article for nontransient hotel and motel occupancy is a condition for the operation of any hotel and motel within the Township of Galloway.
[Amended 12-13-2016 by Ord. No. 1951-2016]
Any owner of any hotel or motel found to be in violation of this article will be subject to the issuance of violations, fines and court appearances when necessary as set forth below. Any owner of any hotel or motel found to be in violation of this article will be subject to the following fine: For the first violation, a fine of not less than $100 and not exceeding $2,000 shall be imposed. A second violation within one year of the date of a previous violation shall result in an additional fine as a repeat offender. The additional fine imposed by the court for a repeat violation shall be not less than the minimum of $100 or exceed the maximum fine of $2,000 but shall be calculated separately from the fine imposed for the new violation. Any person convicted of a violation of this chapter may, in the discretion of the court, and in default of the payment of any fine imposed therefor, be imprisoned in the Atlantic County Jail for a term not exceeding 90 days or be required to perform community service for a period not exceeding 90 days.