[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills 10-28-1986 by Ord. No. 86:72 as Sec. 4-8 of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BUSINESS OF CONDUCTING TOURIST ACCOMMODATIONS
- The renting, leasing, maintaining, keeping, operating, conducting or providing of overnight or temporary sleeping accommodations for a consideration to tourists, transients or travelers in tourist accommodations, whether meals are served on the premises or not.
- LODGING UNIT
- Any separate room, suite, cabin or quarters, whether or not physically attached or connected to any building or structure used for tourist accommodations.
- TOURIST ACCOMMODATIONS
- A group of buildings more commonly known as "motels," "hotels," "tourist courts," "tourist lodges," "tourist cabins," "motor lodges," "motor courts" or "auto courts."
No person shall engage in the business of conducting tourist accommodations without first having applied for and obtained a license from the Township Council.
In addition to the provisions of § 234-2, the following information is required:
A description of the buildings, structures and accommodations upon the lands or those proposed to be erected thereon, including a statement of the number of housing or lodging units either erected or proposed, together with the maximum number of persons who can be accommodated at any given time, a description of the type of construction and whether or not the same are or will be fireproof and a description of the size of the automobile off-street parking areas.
In the case of corporate applicants, the names and addresses of all stockholders holding 10% or more of any stock and the names and addresses of all members of the board of directors and all officers of the corporation.
On all newly proposed buildings or structures, a sketch of the premises showing all buildings and structures, their size and location, proposed off-street parking areas and proposed signs should accompany the application.
In addition to the provisions of § 234-3, the Township Clerk shall forward the application to the Health Officer of the Office of Health and the Housing Officer who shall inspect the premises to determine whether or not they comply with respective Township ordinances and regulations. If the premises do not comply, the officers shall attach to the application a written list of recommendations and return the same to the Township Clerk who shall in turn return the application along with the recommendations to the applicant.
[Amended 12-20-2005 by Ord. No. 2005:31]
When new construction for tourist accommodations are planned, the Health Officer, Housing Officer, Heating Inspector and Construction Official shall review the plans to be sure the applicant complies with all Township ordinances or regulations, and if they do not comply, their recommendations shall be attached to the application and returned to the Township Clerk who shall in turn return the application along with the recommendations to the applicant.
[Amended by Ord. No. 90:56; 5-24-2016 by Ord. No. 2016:09]
The annual fee for a license shall be $23 per lodging unit. If a license is issued after July 1, the fee shall be $13 per lodging unit.
Applications made for transfer of an existing license to another person shall set 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 Township Council, with the consent of the licensee and upon payment of a fee of 20% of the annual license fee for the license sought to be transferred, may transfer to such applicant any license issued under the terms of this chapter. The 20% shall be retained by the Township whether the transfer is granted or not.
[Amended 9-23-2008 by Ord. No. 2008:25]
Each licensee shall at all times maintain and preserve on the licensed premises a card register, in electronic or paper form, which shall be available at any hour of the day or night to any law enforcement officer. All card registers shall be maintained on the licensed premises for a period of not less than six years.
The card register shall indicate the full and true name and address of the registrant and of every other person who is to occupy such lodging unit; and the make, year and state license or registration number of the motor vehicle then being used by the registrant, if any.
The card register shall include the number of the lodging unit assigned to each registrant, the date and hour of registration, the name of the person taking or accepting the registration and the date when the occupant of each lodging unit quits and surrenders the same.
Off-street parking areas shall be provided on the premises for all vehicles belonging to the occupants of the tourist accommodations.
The Police Department may inspect the licensed premises at any hour of the day or night to determine that the provisions of this chapter are being complied with.