Township of East China, MI
St. Clair County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Charter Township of East China 10-19-1992 by Ord. No. 208 (Ch. 3-06 of the 1980 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 480.

§ 139-1 Purpose.

Bed-and-breakfast facilities within the Charter Township of East China shall be licensed and regulated so as to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the Township residents and citizens.

§ 139-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A secondary use which is subordinate to a one-family dwelling unit in which transient guests are provided sleeping room and board in return for payment.
The Charter Township of East China.

§ 139-3 License requirements; application; fees.

Requirement established. No person, firm, corporation, or other organization shall operate or maintain a bed-and-breakfast in the Township without first having obtained a license as required under this chapter.
Application. Application shall be made on a written form provided by the Township. The application shall be submitted to the Township annually. The license shall have a term of one year from December 1 to November 30 of the following year. Licenses shall be issued by the Township after an inspection determines that the premises in question is in compliance with this chapter.
Late fee charge. All applications for a bed-and-breakfast license are due prior to the December 1 license year starting date for each year. Any application received by the Township on or after December 1, or postmarked prior to December 1 but received after December 5, shall be assessed a late fee charge in the amount set by resolution of the Board of Trustees.[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
Annual inspection. All owners or agents shall schedule a time for inspection to occur within 30 days of the starting date of the new license year. The owner or agent shall be present for an inspection to occur.
Reinspections. One reinspection, if required, shall be scheduled by the owner or agent to occur prior to January 31 without cost.
Late inspection fee. Any inspections scheduled contrary to the above dates will require a late fee in the amount set by resolution of the Board of Trustees.[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
New written requirements. For any new written requirement issued during that license year after the initial inspection, the reinspection for that new written requirement only shall be without cost.
Payment of license fees. License fees shall be paid at the time of application.
Payment of late inspection fees. Late inspection fees shall be paid prior to time of inspections.
Issue of license. Upon compliance with all applicable laws and Ordinance Code provisions, the Township shall issue a license to the applicant.
Fees. No operating license shall be issued or renewed for a bed-and-breakfast unless the completed application form is accompanied by payment of a license fee in the amount set by resolution of the Board of Trustees.[3]
New license inspections. If an inspection is made of any premises not previously licensed under this chapter, the applicant shall pay an inspection fee in the amount set by resolution of the Board of Trustees for the inspection in addition to the license fee.
License transfer. If transfer of license occurs, a license transfer fee in the amount set by resolution of the Board of Trustees shall be required.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 139-4 Inspection.

The Township shall not issue any bed-and-breakfast license to any premises which is in violation of any applicable law or Ordinance Code provisions, including County and State Health Department laws.

§ 139-5 Regulations.

The following requirements shall be met at all times:
Registration. Every owner of a bed-and-breakfast shall keep a register wherein all guests shall inscribe their names upon their procuring a room. Said owner shall require identification of each guest as will reasonably assure that the guest is, in fact, the person under whose name such room is, in fact, being procured.
Length of stay. No guest shall occupy a room for longer than three continuous days or for more than 30 days during the license year of the bed-and-breakfast.
The owners of a bed-and-breakfast shall only employ or use the services of family members who are occupying the one-family dwelling unit where the bed-and-breakfast is located.
Each room occupied by a guest shall have a functioning smoke detector.
No owner shall allow to be used or use any portable electric, gas, or oil space heater or any portable unvented space heater fueled by natural gas, kerosene, alcohol, or other fuel, or wood-burning space-heating units.
No owner shall allow any motorcycle, lawn mower, gas cans, or anything that contains or has contained flammable liquids to be inside the structure at any time. Such items may be stored in an unattached garage or storage building.
All interior hallways shall have at least two exits, provided that one such exit may be an emergency-type exit or fire escape. There shall be at least two outside exits from the dwelling unit. All exits shall be clearly marked.
Each floor of the dwelling shall have at least one approved and functioning fire extinguisher which is clearly visible and accessible.
All premises shall be kept in a clean condition. All bedsheets, pillowslips, towels, and washcloths shall be replaced by clean items before any new guest occupies a room previously occupied by another.
Breakfast shall be the only meal provided guests and shall be included in the cost charged a guest for occupying a room.
Bathing and lavatory facilities shall be adequate and available for all guests.

§ 139-6 Impact on zoning provisions.

Nothing in this chapter shall be interpreted as permitting operation of a bed-and-breakfast at any location in violation of Chapter 480, Zoning, of the Township Code.