Township of Springfield, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield 5-11-2004 by Ord. No. 1417. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fee schedule — See Ch. 40.

§ 68-1 Definitions and word usage.

As used in this ordinance, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended:
A building or group of buildings containing 10 or more guest rooms, or a group of such buildings especially designed for the temporary lodging of transient guests, provided that no room shall have cooking facilities of any kind. Such establishment shall furnish to the occupants customary services, such as maid service and the furnishing and laundering of linen. Eating and drinking facilities may be accessory to the hotel, motel or inn.
The Township of Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

§ 68-2 Licensed required.

No person shall operate a hotel, motel or inn the Township without first obtaining a license. Applications for licenses shall be made to the Township Manager, on forms provided by the Manager. The annual license fee shall be as set forth in Chapter 40, Fee Schedule. The Township Manager shall furnish copies of the application to the Building Department and to the Health Department. The permit fee shall be incorporated into Chapter 40 consolidated fee schedule of the Code and reviewed on an annual basis. If, upon report by the Code Enforcement Department, Health Department and Fire Marshal office, it appears that the proposed hotel, motel or inn will comply with all applicable Township ordinances and commonwealth laws, the Township shall issue the license.

§ 68-3 Exits.

All interior hallways shall have at least two exits, provided that one such exit may be an emergency-type exit or fire escape. All exits shall be clearly marked.

§ 68-4 Condition of premises; inspections.

All premises shall be kept in a clean condition and in good repair. All bed sheets, pillowslips, towels and washcloths shall be replaced by clean items before any new guest occupies a room previously occupied by another. Representatives of the Township Health Department, Code Enforcement Department and/or Fire Marshal office may inspect any hotel, motel or inn at any time, provided that no inspector may enter any room rented to a guest or guests without the expressed consent or invitation of at least one of the guests occupying the room.

§ 68-5 Register.

The management of each hotel, motel or inn shall keep a register of guests.

§ 68-6 Hotel, motel or inn registration; security register.

Every owner, keeper or proprietor of any hotel, motel or inn shall keep a register wherein all guests or lodgers shall inscribe their names upon procuring lodging, a room or accommodations. Said owner, keeper or proprietor shall verify the credit card signature of each guest or lodger making payment by way of credit card with the signature inscribed upon the hotel register. If the signature as inscribed on the register does not appear to reasonably match the signature on the credit card, further identification shall be requested of the type requested of persons paying in cash. Said owner, keeper or proprietor shall require identification of any guest or lodger paying in cash at the time of registration. Identification shall be in a valid and current format showing the person's name and date of birth, and may be, but is not limited to, a driver's license, state-issued picture identification card or such other form as will reasonably assure that the registrant is, in fact, the person under whose name such lodging, room or accommodation is being procured. The owner, keeper or proprietor shall maintain a photocopy of such identification and transpose the identifying information in the registration ledger. For any guest or lodger taking occupancy through a prearranged reservation in the name of a corporation, business, association or any other entity, the owner, keeper or proprietor shall request such identification of the specific guest or lodger at the time of registration as will reasonably assure such person to be the person for whom the lodging, room or accommodations have been procured.
Before furnishing any lodging or accommodations to any person in any hotel, motel or inn, the proprietor, manager or owner thereof shall require the person to whom such lodgings are furnished, or room is rented or accommodations furnished, to inscribe his or her name in such register, kept for that purpose, and shall set opposite said name the time that said name was so inscribed and the room occupied by such lodger or guest.

§ 68-7 Management person to be on duty.

Every owner, keeper or proprietor of any hotel, motel or inn shall, at all times during which the premises accommodate guests or lodgers, maintain on duty a responsible management person. Such management representative shall be an individual capable of assisting and cooperating with the police or other law enforcement officials in maintaining the public health, welfare and safety and shall be conversant in the English language.

§ 68-8 Access for law enforcement persons.

All information required to be procured and kept pursuant to § 68-1 of this ordinance shall be provided to any federal, state or local sworn law enforcement officer having the lawful power to arrest, upon demand of the officer and a representation by said officer that a reasonable suspicion exists that such information is relevant to a then-pending inquiry or investigation. Nothing in this requirement shall be construed as giving any such officer any greater right or license to enter a room or invade privacy than the officer shall otherwise possess as a matter of common law, probable cause, constitutional law, statutory right or warrant.

§ 68-9 Telephone required.

Every owner, keeper or proprietor of any hotel, motel or inn shall keep and maintain in each and every rental unit a telephone equipped for outgoing calls, and which telephone will allow any person therein to place a direct call to 911, the Township Police Department or the Township Fire Department. The existence of a minor dialing requirement, such as dialing 9 to obtain an outside line, shall not be deemed a violation of this section. However, under no circumstances shall prepayment, prior authorization or any other procedure of any nature which in any way impedes effective, immediate and direct placement of such emergency phone call be permitted.

§ 68-10 Misrepresentation.

No person shall procure or provide lodging in any hotel, motel or inn, or any services therefrom, through misrepresentation or production of false identification or identification which misrepresents the identity of the person procuring or sharing in such lodging or service.

§ 68-11 Number of guests or lodgers.

No owner, keeper or proprietor of any hotel, motel or inn shall rent or provide a room for any number of persons greater than the sleeping accommodations provided within the particular rental unit.

§ 68-12 Number of persons congregating in a room.

No owner, keeper or proprietor or guest of any hotel, motel or inn shall allow to congregate within any room or single rental unit a number of persons which is greater than three times the number of persons for whom sleeping accommodations are provided within the single room or rental unit.

§ 68-13 Length of stay.

As the intent of a hotel, motel or inn is to provide temporary lodging for transient guests, under no circumstances shall lodging be provided for more than 30 consecutive days, nor can the guest or lodger utilize the hotel, motel or inn as their primary residence.

§ 68-14 Violations and penalties.

Any person, partnership, corporation or other legal entity violating the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to the general penalty provision of the Code of the Township of Springfield, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, entitled "General Penalty, § 1-10A."

§ 68-15 Injunction, other court action.

In addition to all other remedies and penalties provided by this ordinance and other ordinances, the Township Solicitor may bring suit in a court of competent jurisdiction to seek an injunction or other appropriate relief to halt any violation of this ordinance. Such action may include seeking a temporary restraining order or temporary injunction and other appropriate temporary relief. Nothing in this ordinance shall be deemed to restrict a suit for damages on behalf of the Township or on behalf of any other person or entity.

§ 68-16 Repealer.

All other ordinances or part of ordinances in conflict are hereby repealed.

§ 68-17 Severability.

The provisions of this ordinance are severable, and if any section, clause, sentence or part or provision thereof shall be held illegal, invalid or unconstitutional, the decision of the court shall not affect or impair the remaining parts of provisions of this ordinance.