[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack 6-16-1947 as Ord. No. 345; amended and revised 10-5-1959 (Ord. No. 717) as Ch. 3, Article XIV, of the 1959 Revised Ordinances. Sections 158-3A, 158-5A and 158-9 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Article I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BUSINESS OF CONDUCTING TOURIST LODGES
- The renting, leasing, maintaining, keeping, operating, conducting or providing of overnight or temporary sleeping accommodations, for a consideration, to tourists, transients or travelers in any building or structure or group of buildings or structures devoted exclusively or primarily to said business, commonly known as tourist lodges, tourist cabins, motor lodges, motor courts, tourist courts or tourist camps, whether meals are served therein or not.
- HOUSING OR LODGING UNIT
- Any room, cabin or quarters, whether or not physically attached or connected with any other building or structure, used for sleeping accommodations in the business of conducting tourist lodges.
No person shall engage in the business of conducting tourist lodges without having first applied for and obtained from the City of Hackensack a license to do so.
Each applicant for such license shall make written application on forms prescribed and supplied by the City Council, setting forth the information required by § 107-6B of Chapter 107, Licenses and Permits, and the following:
The exact location of the proposed licensed premises, giving the street address, block and lot number as shown on the tax assessment map of the city, and the exact dimensions of the lands upon which the business is to be conducted.
A description of the buildings, structures and accommodations upon said lands, including a statement of the number of housing or lodging units and the maximum number of persons who can be accommodated at any given time; a description of the character of said buildings or structures as to size, type of construction and whether or not the same are fireproof; and a description of automobile parking space and facilities.
The name and address of the owner of said lands and buildings.
The name or names of the person or persons on the licensed premises upon whom process may be served.
A detailed description of the register or system used for the registration of persons to whom accommodations are extended.
Each application shall be made in triplicate and shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant and presented to the City Clerk, together with a certified or bank check or cash in the amount of the license fee hereinafter prescribed.
The City Clerk shall forthwith forward said application to the Health Department and to the Fire Chief of the City of Hackensack, who shall inspect the premises to determine whether or not the premises comply with the Health Department and fire ordinances and regulations. If the premises do not so comply, said Health Department shall attach to said application a written list of recommendations and return the same to the City Clerk, who shall in turn return said application to the applicant. If the premises do so comply, said Department and officer shall attach thereto certificates of approval.
The City Clerk shall present said application, with said certificates of approval attached, to the City Council. The City Council shall thereupon cause to be made such further investigation of the premises and of the information set forth in said application as it may deem necessary, and shall determine on the basis of said investigation and application whether or not such license shall be granted.
Any license issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be for a term of one year, commencing January 1 and expiring December 31, and no license fee shall be apportioned.
Each license shall be valid only to the applicant to whom it is issued and to such applicant to whom the license may be transferred as hereinafter provided.
All licenses shall be displayed at a prominent place on the licensed premises.
On application made therefor setting forth the same matters and things as are required by this chapter to be set forth in connection with an original application for a license, the City Council, with the consent of the licensee and upon payment of a fee of 10% of the annual license fee for the license sought to be transferred, may transfer to such applicant any license issued under the terms and provisions of this chapter. Said ten-percent fee shall be retained by the City Council whether the transfer is granted or not. This provision shall not be construed so as to permit the transfer of location of a tourist lodge from one premises to another.
Each licensee shall at all times cause to be maintained on the licensed premises a register, in which each person who is afforded accommodations on the licensed premises, or someone under his or her direction, shall write, in ink, his or her full and true name and address and state license or registration number appearing on the motor vehicle then being used or operated by the registrant or registrants.
In addition to the foregoing information, the licensee shall cause to be written into the register, in ink, the number of the room or name of the cabin assigned to each registrant, the date and hour of registration, the name of the person who takes or accepts the registration and the date when the occupant of each room or cabin quits and surrenders the same. Each registration shall be consecutively numbered in the chronological order of registration.
Said register shall be kept and preserved by the licensee and shall be available on request at any hour of the day or night to any police officer of the City of Hackensack. The system of registration as described in the licensee's application shall not be altered in any manner unless the licensee shall first have applied for and received the permission of the City Council to do so.
It shall be the duty of the Police Department of the City of Hackensack to inspect the licensed premises from time to time, at any hour of the day or night, to determine that the provisions of this chapter are being complied with.