Bill No.
2-16
Housing
Concerning: Transient
Licensing and Registration
Revised:
9/25/17
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Introduced:
February 2,2016
Enacted:
October 10, 2017
Executive:
October 19, 2017
Effective:
July 1, 2018
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Ch.
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Laws of Mont. Co.
2017
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Councilmember Riemer
Co-Sponsor: Councilmember Rice
AN ACT to:
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By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 54, Transient Lodging Facilities
Sections
54-1, 54-2, 54-3, 54-4,54-5,54-6,54-7,54-8,54-9,54-10,54-11,54-12, 54-13, 54-
14,54-15,54-16,54-17,54-18,54-19,54-20,54-21, 54-22,54-23,54-24,54-25,54-26,54-
27,54-28,54-29,54-30,54-31,54-32,54-33,54-34, 54-35, 54-36, 54-37,54-38,54-39,54-
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and
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By adding:
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 54, Transient Lodging Facilities
Sectiops
54-22A, 54-42, 54-43, 54-44,54-45,54-46,54-47, 54-48,
and
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define a bed and breakfast and hotel establishment;
limit the transient housing allowed to a bed and breakfast and a hotel;
require only hotels to comply with most current licensing provisions for transient
housing;
revise the requirement for resident hotel management;
delete the requirement for annual hotel inspections;
add a requirement for hotel inspections upon complaint;
establish a licensing system for bed and breakfast establishments;
amend provisions to make them more precise, concise, and decisive; and
generally amend Chapter 54 of the County Code.
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Added to existing law by original bill.
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Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec. 1. Sections 54-1, 54-2, 54-3,54-4,54-5,54-6,54-7,54-8,54-9, 54-10,
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11,54-12,54-13,54-14,54-15,54-16,54-17,54-18, 54-19, 54-20, 54-21,54-22,54-
23, 54-24, 54-25, 54-26, 54-27, 54-28, 54-29, 54-30, 54-31, 54-32, 54-33, 54-34, 54-
35,54-36,54-37,54-38,54-39,54-40, and 54-41 are amended as follows:
54-1. Definitions.
For the purposes of this Chapter, unless the language or context clearly
indicates that a different meaning is intended, the following words and phrases
have the following meanings:
Average lot grade
means the arithmetic average of the highest and lowest
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elevations of the ground contiguous to the building.
Basement
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That] means that portion of any building [which is] located below
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grade [; provided, however, that] when at least one-half of the vertical height
extends above the average lot grade. [Average lot grade, for this purpose, shall
mean the arithmetic average of the highest and lowest elevations
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f the ground
contiguous to the house.]
[Boardinghouse:
A dwelling in which, for compensation, lodging, or lodging
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and meals, are provided or offered to not more than 5 transient visitors.]
Bed and Breakfast
means .§: [dwelling unit or part of.§: dwelling that is available
to overnight guests for compensation. Overnight guests on any night must
satisfy the definition of one household. A guest must stay at .§: Bed and
"Breakfast for no more than 30 days in anyone visit. Meals may be provided
to overnight guests. Bed and Breakfast means
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detached house that is
owner-occupied with no more than 5 guest rooms for rent and customarily
serves breakfast to guests and allowed under Section 59-3.5.6.B of this Code.
Cellar
[:That] means that portion of any building which is located below grade
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and whose vertical height extends less than one-half above the average lot
grade.
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Director [and Department:
The term "Director"] means the Director of the
Department of Health and Human Services, or the Director's designee[, and
the term "Department" means the Department of Health and Human Services].
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Department
means the Department of Health and Human Services.
Establishment
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Every hostel, tourist home, boardinghouse, rooming house
and guestrooms in an apartment hotel which, for compensation, provides or
offers lodging or lodging and meals to transient visitors.] means a hotel or Bed
and Breakfast or Short-Term Residential Rental regulated under this chapter.
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Fire Code
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The] means the Fire Prevention Code [set forth] in Chapter 22
[of this Code, and any amendments thereto] as amended.
Habitable room
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Any] means
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room in which people normally congregate
or sleep with
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minimum ceiling height of
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feet. [This shall not include
bathrooms,] Bathrooms, closets, porches, decks, toilet rooms, storage rooms,
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[or] and pantries are not habitable rooms.
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[Hostel] Hotel
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Any] means
building or portion [thereof or any group of
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buildings] of
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building where, for compensation, lodging or lodging and
meals are provided or offered to 3 or more transient visitors [, including hotels,
motels, tourist courts, motor courts, tourist camps and similar establishments
such as apartment hotels]. Hotel includes
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bed and breakfast.
Household
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person living alone, or anyone of the following groups
living together as g single housekeeping unit and sharing common living.
sleeping, cooking, and eating facilities:
any number of people related
by
blood, marriage, adoption, or
guardianship;
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unrelated people and any children, parents, siblings, or other
persons related to either of them
guardianship.
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blood, adoption, or
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[Liquid wastes:
Human excreta, bath water, wash water, laundry wastes,
dishwater and any other liquid wastes resulting from cleaning operations.
Gasoline and explosive or inflammable liquids are not included.]
Lodging
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guest.
Plumbing Code
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jurisdiction of] adopted Qy the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission,
[and any other jurisdictions in the County having or subsequently adopting a
Plumbing Code, and any changes or revisions thereof] as amended.
[Rooming house:
In
a residential zone, shall mean a dwelling in which, for
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compensation, lodging is provided or offered to 3 or more but not exceeding
9 guests.]
Short-Term Residential Rental
means the residential occupancy of a dwelling
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unit for a fee for less than 30 consecutive days as allowed under Section 59-
3.3.3.1 of this Code.
Solid wastes
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means garbage, trash, sweepings, animal refuse and dead
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[Tourist home:
A dwelling in which, for compensation, lodging or lodging
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and meals are provided or offered to not more than 12 transient visitors.]
Transient visitor
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person who [obtains] purchases lodging,. [or
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lodging and] with or without meals, [upon payment or promise of payment
therefor at the same premises] for a continuous period of [not more than] 6
months or less.
54-2. Authority of [county executive] Executive to regulate and license.
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The [county executive] Executive Lin order to implement the health standards
and regulations of this chapter, is hereby authorized by law to] may adopt
[such] regulations, under method (3) [of section 2A-IS of this Code],
concerning the operation, maintenance
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licensing, and license
[any of the types of establishments] hotel or bed and breakfast
[referred to
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this chapter, including provision of such licenses and license
fees for such establishments as he may deem appropriate].
54-3. Guest register - Required [to be kept by hotels, tourist homes, etc.;
information to be shown].
Any person who owns or operates a hotel, [rooming house, tourist home,
motel, or tourist cabin park] in the County must maintain on the premises a
permanent register [in which must be inscribed in
ink
in legible writing]
containing:
(a) the name of each visitor;
(b) the residence address of each visitor, including state, city or town, street
and street number or rural mail delivery route number;
(c) the number of the room or facility occupied by each visitor; and
(d) the date and time of registration and checkout of each visitor.
[In tourist homes, motels, and tourist cabin parks the] The register must
include a record of the license plate numbers and state of registration of any
automobiles or trailers [in or with which the guests are traveling] that guests
are using. The owner or operator of the establishment must see that the license
plate and automobile or trailer registration information is correct. A person
must not occupy any room [or facility] until [after] the registration required
under this section is provided. The permanent register may be in a bound
book, looseleaf book, or cards.
If
a looseleaf book or cards are used, the pages
or cards must be numbered consecutively before use and all numbered pages
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or cards must be kept even though they are not used. The register [provided
for] required by this section must be kept for at least 3 years and must be open
to inspection upon the request of the Director or of any law enforcement
officer of the county or the state.
54-4. Same-Giving or permitting false information to be given prohibited.
[It
shall be unlawful for any] A person must not knowingly [to inscribe] write
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any false or incorrect name or address or license plate number
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register. [It shall be unlawful for the] The owner, [or]
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hotel
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must not [to]
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knowingly [to] permit any person to [inscribe] write any false name or address
or license plate number in any such register.
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[Hostels, Rooming Houses, Boardinghouses and Tourist Homes]
Hotels.
54-5.·Numbering of rooms.
Every [establishment shall] hotel must have a unique number on the corridor
side of the door to each guest room [and no two (2) doors shall bear the same
number].
54-6. Limitation on admission of visitors.
[No establishment shall] A hotel must not admit more visitors than the number
for which it is licensed.
54-7. Inspection of register by county officials.
Registers kept
[in
accordance with] under section 54-3 [shall] must always be
available at the [establishment] hotel for inspection by the [director] Director,
the fire marshal, the [county] police chief and [such other officials as may be
designated by the above named officials] their designees. The licensee may
request the official to present [presentation of] proper credentials or proof of
identity [may be requested by the licensee].
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54-8. Owner, operator or manager to reside on premises.
The owner, operator, or a responsible manager appointed by the owner or
operator [shall reside on the premises of] must be on-site at all times at each
[establishment] hotel.
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Parking facilities.
Every [establishment shall] hotel must provide off-street automobile parking
for visitors as [is set forth in the zoning ordinance] required
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chapter 59 of
[the Montgomery County] this Code, as amended. [No license shall be issued
by the director unless he finds the required parking facilities have been
provided.]
54-10. Administration and enforcement of article generally.
The [director is hereby authorized and directed to] Director. must administer
and enforce [the provisions of] this chapter with the assistance of other County
departments, as necessary. [All department heads in the county government
are hereby authorized and directed to provide such assistance as may be
required by the director for the purpose of enforcing this article.]
54-11. Right of entry of county officials.
[For the purpose of enforcing this article, the director] The Director, the fire
marshal, the [county1 police chief and [such other officials as may be
designated by the above named county officials shall1 their designee, upon
exhibiting the proper credentials or proof of identity, [have the right to] may
enter any [establishment for the purpose of making] hotel to make any
necessary inspection [they may deem necessary at any time] during business
or operating hours [, and at such1. Inspections rimy also occur at other times
[as]
if the county officials fmd [may be necessary
in
the public interest] it
necessary to protect the health and safety of
any
person.
54-12. Responsibility for compliance with article.
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The owner or operator of [an establishment]
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or manager, [shall be] are responsible for [conforming to the provisions of]
complying with this article.
54-13. Violation of article; penalties [and injunctive, etc., relief].
[Any person who violates] A violation of any provision of Article II or Article
III of this [[article]] [shall be] Chapter is [subject to punishment for] a class A
violation [as set forth in section 1-19 of chapter 1 of the County Code]. [Each
day such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.]
54-14. License required [Required].
[No] Any building [or premises shall be] occupied or used as a [hostel,
rooming house, boardinghouse or tourist home] hotel within the county
[unless a license shall have been issued] must be licensed for such occupancy
and use by the [director, nor shall any] Director. An operator of
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[such
building or premises be so occupied and used] hotel must cease operating
immediately after [such] the license has expired, or has been revoked or
suspended.
54-15. Application.
Before the Director issues an annual license for
any
[establishment shall be
issued by the director] hotel under this [division, an application shall be filed
by] Division, the owner or operator, or [his duly] their authorized agent,
[in
accordance with] must file an application that satisfies the regulations
[prescribed] approved by the [county executive] Executive under method (3)
of [[section)) Section 2A-I5 of this Code.
54-16. Compliance With Code, [etc., prior to] before issuance.
[No license shall be issued to] The Director must not issue
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[establishment] hotel [to] under this [division] Division unless [such] the
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proposed [establishment is in conformance) hotel conforms with the
applicable provisions of this Code [and other ordinances of the county].
54-17. Certificates to be filed [prior to] before issuance.
The Director must not issue an initial [annual] license or license renewal under
this Division unless the applicant files [the following certificates have been
filed] with the Department
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[A certificate] of use and occupancy from the Department of Permitting
Services[.l.;.
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[A certificate) from the fire marshal stating that the building [is in
compliance with] complies with the fire prevention code[.];. and
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[A certificate] from the Director stating that the building or buildings
and rooms to be occupied or used by the guests of the [establishment]
hotel, and the premises on which such buildings are located, [are in
compliance with] comply with the standards and regulations of the
County and State Boards of Health.
54-18. Separate license required for each establishment.
[Each individual establishment] The Director must requITe each hotel,
[although] operated
by
the same management, [shall be required] to obtain a
separate license under this [division) Division.
54-19. Fees.
The Executive must establish annual fees for licenses under this [division shall
be of such amount as may be established
by
the county executive) Division
by [written) regulation adopted under method (3) of [[section)) Section 2A-15
of this Code!. [and shall) Fees must not exceed an amount necessary to defray
the costs of administering this [chapter] Chapter.
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The Director may deny an initial [or annual] license or license renewal to
operate [an establishment] a hotel under this Divisionifthe Director fmds the
,?wner or operator of the proposed [establishment has been] hotel was
convicted of violating the following provisions of the Criminal Law Article
of the Maryland Code:
(a) Section 10-202 (keeping disorderly house);
(b)Title 12 (gaming);
(c) Title 5 (controlled dangerous substances, prescriptions, and other
substances); or
(d) Section 10-201 (disturbing the public peace and disorderly conduct).
The Director may deny an initial [or annual license] or license renewal
if the owner or operator [has been] was convicted of any similar offense
outside Maryland.
54-21. Procedure for issuance or denial.
(a) [Upon receipt of] When an application for [an annual]
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license under
this [division] Division, or [for renewal of a] when
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previously issued
license is in the renewal process, the [director shall make or cause to be
made] Director or the Director's designee must conduct all investigations
and inspections required by this article. The [director shall act upon]
Director must approve or deny the application within [ninety (90)] 90
days after the date of filing, or as soon thereafter as practicable. [In cases
in which an application] Applications for renewal of [an annua11
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license [has been] filed on or before October 1 [as provided in section]
under Section 54-25 and [has] that have not been [neither] approved or
[disapproved] denied by the [director prior to] Director before the
following January 1, [the current license shall remain] remain in [full
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force and] effect until approved or denied
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the Director [[the
application]] [has been acted upon by the director].
(b) If, [upon the completion of] after all investigations and inspections are
completed, the [director] Director finds that the [establishment] hotel
for which a license under this [division] Division is requested does not
[comply with the provisions] satisfy the requirements of this chapter, [he
shall] the Director must, within [ten (10)] 10 days after making such a
finding, [cause to be served upon the applicant written] transmit notice
of such finding to the applicant [and shall in suchL. The notice must
advise the applicant of the necessary corrective measures to be taken
before [a license will be issued] the Director will issue the license. The
[director] Director may [, in such notice,] direct the applicant to appear
[before him] within [ten (10)] 10 days from the date of service of the
notice to show cause why the license should not be denied. If the
applicant [shall fail] fails to show cause as directed
in
such notice, or
[shall fail] fails to take the necessary corrective action [specified
therein], the [director shall refuse to issue or renew such license] Director
may deny the application.
(c) [All] The Director must send all of the Director's orders and notices
[issued by the director hereunder shall be served upon] to the applicant
either by registered mail or by personal delivery at the address shown on
the application. If the applicant cannot be found in the [county] County,
service by personal delivery [shall] must be made [upon] to the person
who is [at the time] in charge of the [establishment] hotel.
54-22. Display.
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[Each] The applicant must prominently display each license issued under this
[division shall be prominently displayed] Division in the [establishment] hotel
for which it was issued.
54-22A. Complaints
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The Director must investigate any [[complaints]] complaint that
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is in violation of this Article within 30 days of recelvrng the
complaint[[/s./s]]:.
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violation is found, the Director must issue written notice of the
violation to the owner or operator requiring that the violation be corrected
immediately.
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suspend the license under Section 54-26.
54-23. Change of location of establishment; transfer.
(a) Whenever [an establishment]
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hotel changes its location, the current
license held by such owner or operator under this [division shall
automatically become] Division is void.
(b) The [director] Director may [, in his discretion,] authorize the transfer of
a license issued under this [division] Division to a new owner or operator
upon an application for transfer of the license and payment of a transfer
fee [which shall be established by the county executive]=. The Executive
must establish the transfer fee by [written] regulation adopted under
method (3) of [[section]] Section 2A-15 of this Code.
54-24. Expiration.
All [annual] licenses issued under this [division shall] Division expire on
December 31 of the year for which they are issued, unless sooner revoked or
suspended [as provided in] under this [article] Article.
54-25. Renewal.
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[Every establishment shall, on] On or before July 1 of each year, every hotel
must make application to the department for renewal of the [annual] license
required by this [division] Division. Before [an annual]
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[establishment shall be] hotel is renewed by the [director, the director shall
have received] Director, the Director must receive, [within ninety (90) days
prior to renewing any such license,] certificates as [prescribed in section]
required
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Section 54-17 [, which shall indicate thereon that the premises
have been inspected within ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of the
license]. The Director must renew the license after receiving the certificates,
completing any outstanding complaint investigations, and finding that the
application satisfies this Article.
54-26. Revocation or suspension generally.
(a)
The [director] Director may revoke or suspend any license issued under
this [division upon finding] Division if the Director finds that the owner
or operator of any [establishment] hotel is in violation of any provision
of this [article] Article. Any such revocation or suspension [shall] must
be by written order directed to [and served upon] the owner or operator
of [[such establishment]] [in the manner prescribed
ill
subsection (c) of
section 54-21] the hotel under the procedures of subsection 54-21(c).
Any such notice of revocation or suspension [shall1 must require the
holder of the license to appear before the [director] Director and show
cause why the license should not be revoked or suspended [in the
manner provided above].
(b) The Director may revoke or suspend any license issued under this
Division if the Director finds that the [establishment] hotel is disruptive
to the general peaceful enjoyment, dangerous to the health and safety,
of the community or a nuisance because of noise or indecent or immoral
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activity by any guest, owner, operator or employee. The Director may
also revoke or suspend any license
is~ued
under this Chapter if the
owner or operator of the [establishment] hotel has, while operating the
[[establishment]] hotel, been convicted of violating:
(1) the provisions of the Criminal Law Article of the Maryland Code
[listed] in [[sectionllSection 54-20; or
(2) the drunkenness and disorderly conduct provisions of Section 10-
201 of the Criminal Law Article of the Maryland Code while on
the licensed premises.
Revocation or suspension of a license under this subsection must follow
the procedures in Section 54-21(b).
54-27. Appeals from denial, revocation or
suspension.
Any person aggrieved by the denial, revocation or suspension of a license
under this [division] Division may appeal from the action of the [director]
Director to the [county board of appeals] Board of Appeals. Such person
[shall] must file a [written] notice of appeal with the clerk of the [board of
appeals] Board of Appeals within [twenty (20)]20 days after service of notice
of such action. Upon receiving such appeal, the [board of appeals shall] Board
of Appeals must hold a hearing [thereon] within [thirty (30)] 30 days after the
notice of appeal has been filed, and [shall] must act upon [such] the appeal
within [thirty (30)] 30 days after the hearing. [The council may, by resolution
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on its minutes, extend such periods of time.]
Division 3. Health Standards and Regulations.
54-28. Water and sewer facilities.
Water and sewer facilities in every [establishment] hotel must be connected
to public lines where such lines are available. [In the event no] When public
sewer lines are not available.2. the [sewage must be collected, treated and
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standards of the excreta disposal laws of the State and of] private sewage
system must satisfy Chapter 45 of this Code.
[In
the event no] When public
water lines are not available, [no] only
§:
water supply [may be used by an
establishment unless it has been] approved by the Director [of the Department
of Health and Human Services] may be used.
54-29. Plumbing facilities.
[All plumbing facilities in establishments shall be constructed, installed and
maintained so as to prevent sanitary hazards.] Toilet aJld bath facilities [shall
be provided in accordance with] must satisfy the plumbing code for the
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission [and any amendments thereto]
as amended.
54-30. Disposal of solid waste.
All solid waste [at establishments shall] must be stored in covered metal
receptacles [which shall bel. These receptacles must be removed from the
premises and cleaned at least once a week or as often as [prescribed by the
director] the Director requires. All such waste [shall be burned, buried or
otherwise] must be disposed of in [such]
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constitute a nuisance [or to be accessible to animals or flies].
54-31. [Screens.] Insects.
[All outside doors, windows and other outside openings in establishments
shall be adequately screened against flies, mosquitoes and other insects.
If
the
establishment is completely air-conditioned, screening shall not be required.]
All interior spaces must be maintained free of all insects. Any infestation
must be immediately addressed
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management.
54-32. Minimum size of rooms.
(a) [No] Any habitable room [shall be occupied at] in
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(70)] 70 square feet in floor area and there must be at least [fifty (50)] 50
square feet of floor area for each person. Children under [twelve (12)] 12
years of age [shall be] are counted as one-half person. Children under
[one (1)]
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purpose of this requirement.
(b) At least one-half of the floor area of every habitable room [shall] must
have a ceiling height of at least [seven (7)]
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feet, and the floor area of
that part of any room where the ceiling height is less than [five (5)]
2
feet
[shall] is not [be1 considered as part of the floor area in computing the
total floor area of the room for the purpose of determining the maximum
permissible occupancy [thereof] of the room.
54-33.
Heating and ventilation.
All rooms in [establishments shall] hotels must be adequately heated and
ventilated. Every habitable room [shall] must have at least one [(1)] easily
opened window or skylight [which can easily be opened], or such other device
[as will] that adequately [ventilate] ventilates the room. Every [establishment
shall] hotel must have
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heating [facilities which arel system. The heating
system must be properly installed and maintained in safe and good working
condition [. Such heating facilities shall be] capable of safely and adequately
.
heating all habitable rooms, bathrooms and water closet compartments to a
temperature of at least [seventy (70)] 70 degrees Fahrenheit at a distance of
[three (3)]
1
feet above floor level under ordinary minimum winter conditions.
54-34. Lighting.
All rooms in [establishments shall] hotels must be adequately lighted [by
either natural or artificial light and additional] including light [shall be
provided] for reading [purposes].
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54-35. Basement rooms.
[No habitable room shall be in the basement of an establishment unless the]
Only when basement floors and walls are constructed of material impervious
to water.l. may.§: habitable room be located in .§: basement.
54-36. Cellar rooms.
A room in a cellar [shall not be considered] is not
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not be used by any establishment for habitation].
54-37. Bedding and linen.
(a) All mattresses, blankets and other bedding used at [establishments shall]
hotels must be kept clean and free of bedbugs.
(b) Clean sheets and pillow slips [shall] must be provided in
[establishments] hotels at least once each week and after each
succeeding guest.
[(c) Two (2) clean towels shall be provided for each establishment guest at
least twice each week and after each succeeding guest.]
54-38. [Drinking glasses.] Reserved.
[Drinking glasses used in any establishment shall be sterilized at least after
each succeeding guest and common drinking glasses shall be prohibited.]
54-39. Food, dining rooms and kitchens.
Food, public dining rooms and kitchens in each [establishment shall comply
with the provisions of chapter] hotel must satisfy Chapter
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of this Code [and
any amendments thereto] as amended.
54-40. Maintenance of premises.
Every owner or operator of [an establishment shall be] .§: hotel is responsible
for maintaining all parts of the [[establishment]] hotel, in a clean and sanitary
condition [all parts of the establishment], including the land on which the
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responsible for maintaining the [establishment] hotel
in
good repair.
54-41. Inspections and report of violations of article.
IS
The Department [of Health and Human Services] is responsible for making
all necessary inspections [of the establishments] regulated under this Article
and must report to the Director any violations of this Division.
Article
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[Reserved] Bed and Breakfast and Short-Term Residential Rental.
54-42. License required.
A person must not operate
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bed and breakfast or short-term residential rental
in the County without
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the Director. After the initial
issuance of
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~year.
54-43. Certification for
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License.
An
application for
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bed and breakfast license or short-term residential rental
or
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license renewal for either use must be signed
by
the applicant and include
the State Sales Tax and Use Registration number. The applicant must certify
that:
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the building in which the bed and breakfast or short-term residential
rental is located complies with all applicable zoning standards under
Chapter 59 of this Code;
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[[the overnight occupants of each dwelling unit
will
satisfy the defInition
of one household]] the total number of overnight guests
in
the short-term
residential rental who are 18 years or older is limited to 6. and the total
number of overnight guests over 18 years of age per bedroom is limited
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to
2'
(c)
only habitable rooms will be used
by
guests;
smoke detectors in all units and carbon dioxide detectors in all units
using natural gas operate as designed;
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sanitation facilities operate as designed;
the applicant has not been found guilty of
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all local taxes and required fees are paid in full;
the dwelling unit where the bed and breakfast or short-term residential
rental is located is the primary residence of the applicant; [[and]]
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the atmlicant posted rules and regulations inside the rentaL including
contact information for a representative designated for emergency
purposes;
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accessible for the entirety of any contract where the primary resident is
not present:
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a record of all overnight visitors will be maintained and readily available
for inspection;
where applicable, the following parties were notified:
in a single-unit or attached
unit
abutting and confronting neighbors,
in a multi-unit building, neighbors living across the hall and those that
share a ceiling, floor, and walls with the applicant's unit.
the municipality in which the residence is located,
any applicable home owner association, condominium, housing
cooperative, and the owner of the unit or the owner's rental agent. if the
applicant is not the owner;
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the application is not prohibited by any Home Owner's Association or
condominium document. or a rental lease;
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the common ownership community fees for the dwelling unit are no more
than 30 days past due;
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except for persons visiting the primary resident only registered guests will
be allowed on the property; and
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anyon-line rental listing will include the short-term residential rental license
number.
54-44. Applications.
The Director must establish an electronic method of submitting, Issmng,
renewing, denying, and revoking an application for .9: license through the
internet.
54-45. License Approval and Renewal.
·The Director must:
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.by
reviewing available records; [[and]]
approve or deny.9: license or.9: license renewal within
12
working days
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receives
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lice~se
fee and compliance with
all applicable laws and certifications required for the license.
54-46. Challenge to Certifications.
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A challenge to any required certification made
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the applicant may be
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civic or homeowner's association comprised of property
owners located within 300 feet of
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breakfast]] the municipality
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any applicable homeowners association, condominium, housing
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the owner of the unit or the owner's rental agent. if the applicant is
not the owner.
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54-47. Suspension
provide notice of the challenge to the applicant;
provide an opportunity for the applicant to respond to the
challenge;
investigate the question of fact raised
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the challenge; and
revoke or deny the license if the Director finds that one or more
facts certified
by
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The license must be suspended for any applicant receiving at least three
complaints that are verified as a violation of the license or of the County
Code within any 12-month period.
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established
by
the Director.
54-48. Appeals.
Any person aggrieved
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an approval, denial, revocation or suspension of
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bed and breakfast license may appeal the decision to the Board of Appeals.
The Board of Appeals must hold
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hearing on the appeal within 30 days after
the notice of appeal has been filed, and must act on the appeal within 30 days
after the hearing.
[[54-48.]] 54-49. Effect of! revocation.
F or
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1
years after
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license is revoked, the Director must not issue
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bed and breakfast or short-term residential rental license to:
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Sec. 2. Effective date.
This Bill becomes effective on July
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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Bill No.
2-16
Housing
Concerning: Transient
Licensing and Registration
Revised:
9/25/17
Draft No. -'<. 9_ _ __
Introduced:
February 2,2016
Enacted:
October 10, 2017
Executive:
October 19, 2017
Effective:
July 1, 2018
Sunset Date: -.!..:.No=n=e'--_ _ _ __
Ch.
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Laws of Mont. Co.
2017
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Councilmember Riemer
Co-Sponsor: Councilmember Rice
AN ACT to:
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
(8)
(9)
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 54, Transient Lodging Facilities
Sections
54-1, 54-2, 54-3, 54-4,54-5,54-6,54-7,54-8,54-9,54-10,54-11,54-12, 54-13, 54-
14,54-15,54-16,54-17,54-18,54-19,54-20,54-21, 54-22,54-23,54-24,54-25,54-26,54-
27,54-28,54-29,54-30,54-31,54-32,54-33,54-34, 54-35, 54-36, 54-37,54-38,54-39,54-
40,
and
54-41
By adding:
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 54, Transient Lodging Facilities
Sectiops
54-22A, 54-42, 54-43, 54-44,54-45,54-46,54-47, 54-48,
and
54-49
Boldface
Underlining
[Single boldface brackets]
Double underlining
[[Double boldface brackets]]
* * *
define a bed and breakfast and hotel establishment;
limit the transient housing allowed to a bed and breakfast and a hotel;
require only hotels to comply with most current licensing provisions for transient
housing;
revise the requirement for resident hotel management;
delete the requirement for annual hotel inspections;
add a requirement for hotel inspections upon complaint;
establish a licensing system for bed and breakfast establishments;
amend provisions to make them more precise, concise, and decisive; and
generally amend Chapter 54 of the County Code.
Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law by original bill.
Deletedfrom existing law by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec. 1. Sections 54-1, 54-2, 54-3,54-4,54-5,54-6,54-7,54-8,54-9, 54-10,
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23, 54-24, 54-25, 54-26, 54-27, 54-28, 54-29, 54-30, 54-31, 54-32, 54-33, 54-34, 54-
35,54-36,54-37,54-38,54-39,54-40, and 54-41 are amended as follows:
54-1. Definitions.
For the purposes of this Chapter, unless the language or context clearly
indicates that a different meaning is intended, the following words and phrases
have the following meanings:
Average lot grade
means the arithmetic average of the highest and lowest
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Basement
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That] means that portion of any building [which is] located below
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grade [; provided, however, that] when at least one-half of the vertical height
extends above the average lot grade. [Average lot grade, for this purpose, shall
mean the arithmetic average of the highest and lowest elevations
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f the ground
contiguous to the house.]
[Boardinghouse:
A dwelling in which, for compensation, lodging, or lodging
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and meals, are provided or offered to not more than 5 transient visitors.]
Bed and Breakfast
means .§: [dwelling unit or part of.§: dwelling that is available
to overnight guests for compensation. Overnight guests on any night must
satisfy the definition of one household. A guest must stay at .§: Bed and
"Breakfast for no more than 30 days in anyone visit. Meals may be provided
to overnight guests. Bed and Breakfast means
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detached house that is
owner-occupied with no more than 5 guest rooms for rent and customarily
serves breakfast to guests and allowed under Section 59-3.5.6.B of this Code.
Cellar
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Director [and Department:
The term "Director"] means the Director of the
Department of Health and Human Services, or the Director's designee[, and
the term "Department" means the Department of Health and Human Services].
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Department
means the Department of Health and Human Services.
Establishment
[:
Every hostel, tourist home, boardinghouse, rooming house
and guestrooms in an apartment hotel which, for compensation, provides or
offers lodging or lodging and meals to transient visitors.] means a hotel or Bed
and Breakfast or Short-Term Residential Rental regulated under this chapter.
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Fire Code
[:
The] means the Fire Prevention Code [set forth] in Chapter 22
[of this Code, and any amendments thereto] as amended.
Habitable room
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Any] means
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or sleep with
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Any] means
building or portion [thereof or any group of
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building where, for compensation, lodging or lodging and
meals are provided or offered to 3 or more transient visitors [, including hotels,
motels, tourist courts, motor courts, tourist camps and similar establishments
such as apartment hotels]. Hotel includes
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Household
means
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person living alone, or anyone of the following groups
living together as g single housekeeping unit and sharing common living.
sleeping, cooking, and eating facilities:
any number of people related
by
blood, marriage, adoption, or
guardianship;
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persons related to either of them
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[Liquid wastes:
Human excreta, bath water, wash water, laundry wastes,
dishwater and any other liquid wastes resulting from cleaning operations.
Gasoline and explosive or inflammable liquids are not included.]
Lodging
[;.
The]
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the short-term overnight accommodation of
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guest.
Plumbing Code
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The] means the Plumbing Code [in effect within the
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jurisdiction of] adopted Qy the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission,
[and any other jurisdictions in the County having or subsequently adopting a
Plumbing Code, and any changes or revisions thereof] as amended.
[Rooming house:
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a residential zone, shall mean a dwelling in which, for
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9 guests.]
Short-Term Residential Rental
means the residential occupancy of a dwelling
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unit for a fee for less than 30 consecutive days as allowed under Section 59-
3.3.3.1 of this Code.
Solid wastes
[:]
means garbage, trash, sweepings, animal refuse and dead
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[Tourist home:
A dwelling in which, for compensation, lodging or lodging
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Transient visitor
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lodging and] with or without meals, [upon payment or promise of payment
therefor at the same premises] for a continuous period of [not more than] 6
months or less.
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The [county executive] Executive Lin order to implement the health standards
and regulations of this chapter, is hereby authorized by law to] may adopt
[such] regulations, under method (3) [of section 2A-IS of this Code],
concerning the operation, maintenance
fees for rot]
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licensing, and license
[any of the types of establishments] hotel or bed and breakfast
[referred to
in
this chapter, including provision of such licenses and license
fees for such establishments as he may deem appropriate].
54-3. Guest register - Required [to be kept by hotels, tourist homes, etc.;
information to be shown].
Any person who owns or operates a hotel, [rooming house, tourist home,
motel, or tourist cabin park] in the County must maintain on the premises a
permanent register [in which must be inscribed in
ink
in legible writing]
containing:
(a) the name of each visitor;
(b) the residence address of each visitor, including state, city or town, street
and street number or rural mail delivery route number;
(c) the number of the room or facility occupied by each visitor; and
(d) the date and time of registration and checkout of each visitor.
[In tourist homes, motels, and tourist cabin parks the] The register must
include a record of the license plate numbers and state of registration of any
automobiles or trailers [in or with which the guests are traveling] that guests
are using. The owner or operator of the establishment must see that the license
plate and automobile or trailer registration information is correct. A person
must not occupy any room [or facility] until [after] the registration required
under this section is provided. The permanent register may be in a bound
book, looseleaf book, or cards.
If
a looseleaf book or cards are used, the pages
or cards must be numbered consecutively before use and all numbered pages
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or cards must be kept even though they are not used. The register [provided
for] required by this section must be kept for at least 3 years and must be open
to inspection upon the request of the Director or of any law enforcement
officer of the county or the state.
54-4. Same-Giving or permitting false information to be given prohibited.
[It
shall be unlawful for any] A person must not knowingly [to inscribe] write
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any false or incorrect name or address or license plate number
in
any such
register. [It shall be unlawful for the] The owner, [or]
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or employee
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§:
hotel
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knowingly [to] permit any person to [inscribe] write any false name or address
or license plate number in any such register.
Article
n.
[Hostels, Rooming Houses, Boardinghouses and Tourist Homes]
Hotels.
54-5.·Numbering of rooms.
Every [establishment shall] hotel must have a unique number on the corridor
side of the door to each guest room [and no two (2) doors shall bear the same
number].
54-6. Limitation on admission of visitors.
[No establishment shall] A hotel must not admit more visitors than the number
for which it is licensed.
54-7. Inspection of register by county officials.
Registers kept
[in
accordance with] under section 54-3 [shall] must always be
available at the [establishment] hotel for inspection by the [director] Director,
the fire marshal, the [county] police chief and [such other officials as may be
designated by the above named officials] their designees. The licensee may
request the official to present [presentation of] proper credentials or proof of
identity [may be requested by the licensee].
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54-8. Owner, operator or manager to reside on premises.
The owner, operator, or a responsible manager appointed by the owner or
operator [shall reside on the premises of] must be on-site at all times at each
[establishment] hotel.
54-9.
Parking facilities.
Every [establishment shall] hotel must provide off-street automobile parking
for visitors as [is set forth in the zoning ordinance] required
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chapter 59 of
[the Montgomery County] this Code, as amended. [No license shall be issued
by the director unless he finds the required parking facilities have been
provided.]
54-10. Administration and enforcement of article generally.
The [director is hereby authorized and directed to] Director. must administer
and enforce [the provisions of] this chapter with the assistance of other County
departments, as necessary. [All department heads in the county government
are hereby authorized and directed to provide such assistance as may be
required by the director for the purpose of enforcing this article.]
54-11. Right of entry of county officials.
[For the purpose of enforcing this article, the director] The Director, the fire
marshal, the [county1 police chief and [such other officials as may be
designated by the above named county officials shall1 their designee, upon
exhibiting the proper credentials or proof of identity, [have the right to] may
enter any [establishment for the purpose of making] hotel to make any
necessary inspection [they may deem necessary at any time] during business
or operating hours [, and at such1. Inspections rimy also occur at other times
[as]
if the county officials fmd [may be necessary
in
the public interest] it
necessary to protect the health and safety of
any
person.
54-12. Responsibility for compliance with article.
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or manager, [shall be] are responsible for [conforming to the provisions of]
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54-13. Violation of article; penalties [and injunctive, etc., relief].
[Any person who violates] A violation of any provision of Article II or Article
III of this [[article]] [shall be] Chapter is [subject to punishment for] a class A
violation [as set forth in section 1-19 of chapter 1 of the County Code]. [Each
day such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.]
54-14. License required [Required].
[No] Any building [or premises shall be] occupied or used as a [hostel,
rooming house, boardinghouse or tourist home] hotel within the county
[unless a license shall have been issued] must be licensed for such occupancy
and use by the [director, nor shall any] Director. An operator of
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[such
building or premises be so occupied and used] hotel must cease operating
immediately after [such] the license has expired, or has been revoked or
suspended.
54-15. Application.
Before the Director issues an annual license for
any
[establishment shall be
issued by the director] hotel under this [division, an application shall be filed
by] Division, the owner or operator, or [his duly] their authorized agent,
[in
accordance with] must file an application that satisfies the regulations
[prescribed] approved by the [county executive] Executive under method (3)
of [[section)) Section 2A-I5 of this Code.
54-16. Compliance With Code, [etc., prior to] before issuance.
[No license shall be issued to] The Director must not issue
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[establishment] hotel [to] under this [division] Division unless [such] the
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proposed [establishment is in conformance) hotel conforms with the
applicable provisions of this Code [and other ordinances of the county].
54-17. Certificates to be filed [prior to] before issuance.
The Director must not issue an initial [annual] license or license renewal under
this Division unless the applicant files [the following certificates have been
filed] with the Department
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(a)
[A certificate] of use and occupancy from the Department of Permitting
Services[.l.;.
(b)
[A certificate) from the fire marshal stating that the building [is in
compliance with] complies with the fire prevention code[.];. and
(c)
[A certificate] from the Director stating that the building or buildings
and rooms to be occupied or used by the guests of the [establishment]
hotel, and the premises on which such buildings are located, [are in
compliance with] comply with the standards and regulations of the
County and State Boards of Health.
54-18. Separate license required for each establishment.
[Each individual establishment] The Director must requITe each hotel,
[although] operated
by
the same management, [shall be required] to obtain a
separate license under this [division) Division.
54-19. Fees.
The Executive must establish annual fees for licenses under this [division shall
be of such amount as may be established
by
the county executive) Division
by [written) regulation adopted under method (3) of [[section)) Section 2A-15
of this Code!. [and shall) Fees must not exceed an amount necessary to defray
the costs of administering this [chapter] Chapter.
54-20. Denial where operator has been convicted of certain state law violations.
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The Director may deny an initial [or annual] license or license renewal to
operate [an establishment] a hotel under this Divisionifthe Director fmds the
,?wner or operator of the proposed [establishment has been] hotel was
convicted of violating the following provisions of the Criminal Law Article
of the Maryland Code:
(a) Section 10-202 (keeping disorderly house);
(b)Title 12 (gaming);
(c) Title 5 (controlled dangerous substances, prescriptions, and other
substances); or
(d) Section 10-201 (disturbing the public peace and disorderly conduct).
The Director may deny an initial [or annual license] or license renewal
if the owner or operator [has been] was convicted of any similar offense
outside Maryland.
54-21. Procedure for issuance or denial.
(a) [Upon receipt of] When an application for [an annual]
£l:
license under
this [division] Division, or [for renewal of a] when
£l:
previously issued
license is in the renewal process, the [director shall make or cause to be
made] Director or the Director's designee must conduct all investigations
and inspections required by this article. The [director shall act upon]
Director must approve or deny the application within [ninety (90)] 90
days after the date of filing, or as soon thereafter as practicable. [In cases
in which an application] Applications for renewal of [an annua11
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under Section 54-25 and [has] that have not been [neither] approved or
[disapproved] denied by the [director prior to] Director before the
following January 1, [the current license shall remain] remain in [full
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the Director [[the
application]] [has been acted upon by the director].
(b) If, [upon the completion of] after all investigations and inspections are
completed, the [director] Director finds that the [establishment] hotel
for which a license under this [division] Division is requested does not
[comply with the provisions] satisfy the requirements of this chapter, [he
shall] the Director must, within [ten (10)] 10 days after making such a
finding, [cause to be served upon the applicant written] transmit notice
of such finding to the applicant [and shall in suchL. The notice must
advise the applicant of the necessary corrective measures to be taken
before [a license will be issued] the Director will issue the license. The
[director] Director may [, in such notice,] direct the applicant to appear
[before him] within [ten (10)] 10 days from the date of service of the
notice to show cause why the license should not be denied. If the
applicant [shall fail] fails to show cause as directed
in
such notice, or
[shall fail] fails to take the necessary corrective action [specified
therein], the [director shall refuse to issue or renew such license] Director
may deny the application.
(c) [All] The Director must send all of the Director's orders and notices
[issued by the director hereunder shall be served upon] to the applicant
either by registered mail or by personal delivery at the address shown on
the application. If the applicant cannot be found in the [county] County,
service by personal delivery [shall] must be made [upon] to the person
who is [at the time] in charge of the [establishment] hotel.
54-22. Display.
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[Each] The applicant must prominently display each license issued under this
[division shall be prominently displayed] Division in the [establishment] hotel
for which it was issued.
54-22A. Complaints
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The Director must investigate any [[complaints]] complaint that
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licensee
is in violation of this Article within 30 days of recelvrng the
complaint[[/s./s]]:.
(hllf
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violation is found, the Director must issue written notice of the
violation to the owner or operator requiring that the violation be corrected
immediately.
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1f the violation is not corrected immediately, the Director may revoke or
suspend the license under Section 54-26.
54-23. Change of location of establishment; transfer.
(a) Whenever [an establishment]
£!:
hotel changes its location, the current
license held by such owner or operator under this [division shall
automatically become] Division is void.
(b) The [director] Director may [, in his discretion,] authorize the transfer of
a license issued under this [division] Division to a new owner or operator
upon an application for transfer of the license and payment of a transfer
fee [which shall be established by the county executive]=. The Executive
must establish the transfer fee by [written] regulation adopted under
method (3) of [[section]] Section 2A-15 of this Code.
54-24. Expiration.
All [annual] licenses issued under this [division shall] Division expire on
December 31 of the year for which they are issued, unless sooner revoked or
suspended [as provided in] under this [article] Article.
54-25. Renewal.
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[Every establishment shall, on] On or before July 1 of each year, every hotel
must make application to the department for renewal of the [annual] license
required by this [division] Division. Before [an annual]
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[establishment shall be] hotel is renewed by the [director, the director shall
have received] Director, the Director must receive, [within ninety (90) days
prior to renewing any such license,] certificates as [prescribed in section]
required
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Section 54-17 [, which shall indicate thereon that the premises
have been inspected within ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of the
license]. The Director must renew the license after receiving the certificates,
completing any outstanding complaint investigations, and finding that the
application satisfies this Article.
54-26. Revocation or suspension generally.
(a)
The [director] Director may revoke or suspend any license issued under
this [division upon finding] Division if the Director finds that the owner
or operator of any [establishment] hotel is in violation of any provision
of this [article] Article. Any such revocation or suspension [shall] must
be by written order directed to [and served upon] the owner or operator
of [[such establishment]] [in the manner prescribed
ill
subsection (c) of
section 54-21] the hotel under the procedures of subsection 54-21(c).
Any such notice of revocation or suspension [shall1 must require the
holder of the license to appear before the [director] Director and show
cause why the license should not be revoked or suspended [in the
manner provided above].
(b) The Director may revoke or suspend any license issued under this
Division if the Director finds that the [establishment] hotel is disruptive
to the general peaceful enjoyment, dangerous to the health and safety,
of the community or a nuisance because of noise or indecent or immoral
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activity by any guest, owner, operator or employee. The Director may
also revoke or suspend any license
is~ued
under this Chapter if the
owner or operator of the [establishment] hotel has, while operating the
[[establishment]] hotel, been convicted of violating:
(1) the provisions of the Criminal Law Article of the Maryland Code
[listed] in [[sectionllSection 54-20; or
(2) the drunkenness and disorderly conduct provisions of Section 10-
201 of the Criminal Law Article of the Maryland Code while on
the licensed premises.
Revocation or suspension of a license under this subsection must follow
the procedures in Section 54-21(b).
54-27. Appeals from denial, revocation or
suspension.
Any person aggrieved by the denial, revocation or suspension of a license
under this [division] Division may appeal from the action of the [director]
Director to the [county board of appeals] Board of Appeals. Such person
[shall] must file a [written] notice of appeal with the clerk of the [board of
appeals] Board of Appeals within [twenty (20)]20 days after service of notice
of such action. Upon receiving such appeal, the [board of appeals shall] Board
of Appeals must hold a hearing [thereon] within [thirty (30)] 30 days after the
notice of appeal has been filed, and [shall] must act upon [such] the appeal
within [thirty (30)] 30 days after the hearing. [The council may, by resolution
.
~ntered
on its minutes, extend such periods of time.]
Division 3. Health Standards and Regulations.
54-28. Water and sewer facilities.
Water and sewer facilities in every [establishment] hotel must be connected
to public lines where such lines are available. [In the event no] When public
sewer lines are not available.2. the [sewage must be collected, treated and
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disposed of in an independent sewerage system which complies with the
standards of the excreta disposal laws of the State and of] private sewage
system must satisfy Chapter 45 of this Code.
[In
the event no] When public
water lines are not available, [no] only
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water supply [may be used by an
establishment unless it has been] approved by the Director [of the Department
of Health and Human Services] may be used.
54-29. Plumbing facilities.
[All plumbing facilities in establishments shall be constructed, installed and
maintained so as to prevent sanitary hazards.] Toilet aJld bath facilities [shall
be provided in accordance with] must satisfy the plumbing code for the
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission [and any amendments thereto]
as amended.
54-30. Disposal of solid waste.
All solid waste [at establishments shall] must be stored in covered metal
receptacles [which shall bel. These receptacles must be removed from the
premises and cleaned at least once a week or as often as [prescribed by the
director] the Director requires. All such waste [shall be burned, buried or
otherwise] must be disposed of in [such]
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constitute a nuisance [or to be accessible to animals or flies].
54-31. [Screens.] Insects.
[All outside doors, windows and other outside openings in establishments
shall be adequately screened against flies, mosquitoes and other insects.
If
the
establishment is completely air-conditioned, screening shall not be required.]
All interior spaces must be maintained free of all insects. Any infestation
must be immediately addressed
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54-32. Minimum size of rooms.
(a) [No] Any habitable room [shall be occupied at] in
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(70)] 70 square feet in floor area and there must be at least [fifty (50)] 50
square feet of floor area for each person. Children under [twelve (12)] 12
years of age [shall be] are counted as one-half person. Children under
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purpose of this requirement.
(b) At least one-half of the floor area of every habitable room [shall] must
have a ceiling height of at least [seven (7)]
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feet, and the floor area of
that part of any room where the ceiling height is less than [five (5)]
2
feet
[shall] is not [be1 considered as part of the floor area in computing the
total floor area of the room for the purpose of determining the maximum
permissible occupancy [thereof] of the room.
54-33.
Heating and ventilation.
All rooms in [establishments shall] hotels must be adequately heated and
ventilated. Every habitable room [shall] must have at least one [(1)] easily
opened window or skylight [which can easily be opened], or such other device
[as will] that adequately [ventilate] ventilates the room. Every [establishment
shall] hotel must have
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heating [facilities which arel system. The heating
system must be properly installed and maintained in safe and good working
condition [. Such heating facilities shall be] capable of safely and adequately
.
heating all habitable rooms, bathrooms and water closet compartments to a
temperature of at least [seventy (70)] 70 degrees Fahrenheit at a distance of
[three (3)]
1
feet above floor level under ordinary minimum winter conditions.
54-34. Lighting.
All rooms in [establishments shall] hotels must be adequately lighted [by
either natural or artificial light and additional] including light [shall be
provided] for reading [purposes].
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[No habitable room shall be in the basement of an establishment unless the]
Only when basement floors and walls are constructed of material impervious
to water.l. may.§: habitable room be located in .§: basement.
54-36. Cellar rooms.
A room in a cellar [shall not be considered] is not
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not be used by any establishment for habitation].
54-37. Bedding and linen.
(a) All mattresses, blankets and other bedding used at [establishments shall]
hotels must be kept clean and free of bedbugs.
(b) Clean sheets and pillow slips [shall] must be provided in
[establishments] hotels at least once each week and after each
succeeding guest.
[(c) Two (2) clean towels shall be provided for each establishment guest at
least twice each week and after each succeeding guest.]
54-38. [Drinking glasses.] Reserved.
[Drinking glasses used in any establishment shall be sterilized at least after
each succeeding guest and common drinking glasses shall be prohibited.]
54-39. Food, dining rooms and kitchens.
Food, public dining rooms and kitchens in each [establishment shall comply
with the provisions of chapter] hotel must satisfy Chapter
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of this Code [and
any amendments thereto] as amended.
54-40. Maintenance of premises.
Every owner or operator of [an establishment shall be] .§: hotel is responsible
for maintaining all parts of the [[establishment]] hotel, in a clean and sanitary
condition [all parts of the establishment], including the land on which the
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[establishment] hotel is located. Every owner or operator [shall be]
responsible for maintaining the [establishment] hotel
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good repair.
54-41. Inspections and report of violations of article.
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The Department [of Health and Human Services] is responsible for making
all necessary inspections [of the establishments] regulated under this Article
and must report to the Director any violations of this Division.
Article
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[Reserved] Bed and Breakfast and Short-Term Residential Rental.
54-42. License required.
A person must not operate
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the Director. After the initial
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License.
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the applicant and include
the State Sales Tax and Use Registration number. The applicant must certify
that:
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the building in which the bed and breakfast or short-term residential
rental is located complies with all applicable zoning standards under
Chapter 59 of this Code;
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[[the overnight occupants of each dwelling unit
will
satisfy the defInition
of one household]] the total number of overnight guests
in
the short-term
residential rental who are 18 years or older is limited to 6. and the total
number of overnight guests over 18 years of age per bedroom is limited
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(c)
only habitable rooms will be used
by
guests;
smoke detectors in all units and carbon dioxide detectors in all units
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sanitation facilities operate as designed;
the applicant has not been found guilty of
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all local taxes and required fees are paid in full;
the dwelling unit where the bed and breakfast or short-term residential
rental is located is the primary residence of the applicant; [[and]]
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the applicant is the owner or owner-authorized agent of the facility;
the atmlicant posted rules and regulations inside the rentaL including
contact information for a representative designated for emergency
purposes;
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the designated representative resides within 15 miles of the unit and be
accessible for the entirety of any contract where the primary resident is
not present:
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a record of all overnight visitors will be maintained and readily available
for inspection;
where applicable, the following parties were notified:
in a single-unit or attached
unit
abutting and confronting neighbors,
in a multi-unit building, neighbors living across the hall and those that
share a ceiling, floor, and walls with the applicant's unit.
the municipality in which the residence is located,
any applicable home owner association, condominium, housing
cooperative, and the owner of the unit or the owner's rental agent. if the
applicant is not the owner;
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the application is not prohibited by any Home Owner's Association or
condominium document. or a rental lease;
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the common ownership community fees for the dwelling unit are no more
than 30 days past due;
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except for persons visiting the primary resident only registered guests will
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anyon-line rental listing will include the short-term residential rental license
number.
54-44. Applications.
The Director must establish an electronic method of submitting, Issmng,
renewing, denying, and revoking an application for .9: license through the
internet.
54-45. License Approval and Renewal.
·The Director must:
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accept the self-certification of the applicant after verifying compliance
.by
reviewing available records; [[and]]
approve or deny.9: license or.9: license renewal within
12
working days
after receipt of the application and all required fees unless the Director
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year terms, subject to payment of the
lice~se
fee and compliance with
all applicable laws and certifications required for the license.
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the applicant may be
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breakfast]] the municipality
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any applicable homeowners association, condominium, housing
cooperative: or
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the owner of the unit or the owner's rental agent. if the applicant is
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54-47. Suspension
provide notice of the challenge to the applicant;
provide an opportunity for the applicant to respond to the
challenge;
investigate the question of fact raised
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the challenge; and
revoke or deny the license if the Director finds that one or more
facts certified
by
the applicant is false.
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The license must be suspended for any applicant receiving at least three
complaints that are verified as a violation of the license or of the County
Code within any 12-month period.
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Renewal or reinstatement of licenses must follow procedures
established
by
the Director.
54-48. Appeals.
Any person aggrieved
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an approval, denial, revocation or suspension of
£!
bed and breakfast license may appeal the decision to the Board of Appeals.
The Board of Appeals must hold
£!
hearing on the appeal within 30 days after
the notice of appeal has been filed, and must act on the appeal within 30 days
after the hearing.
[[54-48.]] 54-49. Effect of! revocation.
F or
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period of
1
years after
£!
license is revoked, the Director must not issue
£!
bed and breakfast or short-term residential rental license to:
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the former licensee or
£!
member of the former licensee's household; or
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BILL
No.
2-16
532
533
534
535
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any
applicant for
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license to use the same dwelling unit where the license
was revoked.
Sec. 2. Effective date.
This Bill becomes effective on July
1.
2018.
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BILL
No.
2-16
Approved:
Approved:
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
Date
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