Chapter 7.28


7.28.010    Defined.

7.28.020    Permit requirements.

7.28.030    Application -- Issuance.

7.28.040    Supervision.

7.28.050    Water supply.

7.28.060    Toilets.

7.28.070    Bathing facilities.

7.28.080    Disposal of sewage -- Liquid wastes.

7.28.090    Building construction -- Maintenance.

7.28.100    Communicable disease.

7.28.010 Defined.

"Tourist accommodations" means those structures, land areas, and appurtenances, used, kept, maintained or advertised as, or offered for the purpose of providing shelter, sleeping, living and/or recreation to the traveling public such as motels, resorts and like accommodations that make available to the public two or more rental units. The term shall not include those buildings, structures, land areas and appurtenances maintained by any person on his own premises and used exclusively to house his own workmen or guests without charge. Places of business licensed by the state department of labor and industries as hotels are not subject to the provisions of this chapter.

(Res. adopted December 17, 1962).

7.28.020 Permit requirements.

(1) It is unlawful for any person to operate a tourist accommodation who does not possess a permit from the health officer.

(2) Permits shall be valid for one year from the date of issue unless suspended or revoked by the health officer upon violation by the holder of any of the requirements of this chapter.

(3) The permit fee for each tourist accommodation shall be $10.00 per year.

(Res. adopted December 17, 1962).

7.28.030 Application -- Issuance.

(1) Every person desirous of operating a tourist accommodation shall make an annual application to the health officer for a permit on a form provided by the health department and shall submit with the application such data as may be requested by the health officer.

(2) Upon receipt of an application for a permit, if the tourist accommodation meets the provisions of this chapter, the health officer shall issue a permit for the premises named in the application.

(3) If there is a failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter, the health officer may issue a provisional permit which will permit the operation of the tourist accommodation for a specified period of time, provided the owner has agreed in writing to comply with the requirements of this chapter within a specified time, and provided further that the provisional permit shall stipulate the terms, requirements or conditions under which the tourist accommodation may be operated.

(4) Application for renewal of a permit shall be made not later than 30 days prior to the date of expiration of the current permit.

(Res. adopted December 17, 1962).

7.28.040 Supervision.

(1) The management of every tourist accommodation shall maintain in good repair and appearance all sanitary facilities and appliances and, if necessary, shall promptly bring action to prosecute and/or eject any person who willfully or maliciously damages the sanitary facilities and appliances provided.

(2) At least one competent caretaker shall be responsible for the supervision of each tourist accommodation. A suitable guest register shall be kept.

(3) Supervision and equipment sufficient to prevent littering of the premises with rubbish, garbage or other refuse or waste shall be provided and maintained. Fly tight metal garbage containers shall be provided. These containers shall not be permitted to become foul smelling, unsightly, or breeding places for flies, and the contents shall be disposed of daily by incineration or some other method approved by the health officer.

(Res. adopted December 17, 1962).

7.28.050 Water supply.

(1) In each tourist accommodation a sufficient supply of water adequate in quantity and of a safe, sanitary quality meeting the standards of the state department of health for drinking water shall be provided. The health officer or his authorized representative may make such investigations as deemed necessary. If it fails to meet the aforementioned standards it shall be abandoned in a manner that will prevent its further use for drinking purposes, or such alterations or changes shall be made as deemed necessary to produce a safe drinking water in accordance with the recommendations of, and within a time limit set by, the health officer. Only water under pressure will be allowed unless specifically excepted by the health officer.

(2) The use of common drinking cups or containers is prohibited.

(3) In all tourist accommodations where water is not piped to the rental units, public drinking fountains should be provided in conveniently located places and shall be of a sanitary inclined jet type meeting the specifications of the American Standards Association.

(Res. adopted December 17, 1962).

7.28.060 Toilets.

The tourist accommodation shall provide water flushed toilets in rental units or fly tight sanitary privies or water flushed toilets in conveniently located buildings not more than 200 feet from any rental unit. In tourist accommodations established after the date of adoption of this chapter, only water flushed toilets will be allowed unless specifically excepted by the health officer. Central buildings shall be well lighted at all times, ventilated with screened openings, and constructed of material permitting satisfactory cleaning. The floors shall be of concrete or similar impervious material, well pitched to a floor drain. Separate toilets shall be provided for each sex with a ratio of one toilet for every 15 females and one for every 15 males, or major fraction thereof. Of the total number of toilets required for males, 25 percent may be substituted by urinals.

Central toilet rooms shall contain one lavatory with hot and cold running water for each two toilets, but in each case a central toilet room shall be provided with at least one lavatory with hot and cold running water.

Central toilet and lavatory accommodations shall be computed on the basis of a minimum of two persons per bedroom for each rental unit, the sexes being assumed equal in number.

Toilets located in rental units shall be water flushed and shall have ventilation to the outside air. Toilet and bathrooms located in cottages or cabins shall be constructed with nonabsorbent floors, and the walls and ceilings shall be smooth and of material capable of being easily cleaned.

(Res. adopted December 17, 1962).

7.28.070 Bathing facilities.

Separate bathing facilities with hot and cold running water not more than 200 feet from any rental unit shall be provided for each sex with a ratio of one shower or tub for each 20 persons or major fraction thereof, unless such bathing facilities are provided in each rental unit.

(Res. adopted December 17, 1962).

7.28.080 Disposal of sewage -- Liquid wastes.

Waste water from toilets, showers, lavatories, slop sinks, and laundries shall be discharged into a public sewer system in a manner approved by the health officer or, if no public sewer system is available, into a private system of waste disposal approved by the health officer. Discharge of waste waters to the surface of the ground shall be prohibited.

(Res. adopted December 17, 1962).

7.28.090 Building construction -- Maintenance.

Rental units constructed after the date of adoption of this chapter shall conform to minimum construction requirements as follows:

(1) Each unit shall abut or face on a driveway or clear, unoccupied space of not less than 18 feet in width, which space shall have unobstructed access to a public highway or alley.

(2) All floors not built on solid concrete or rat proofed foundations shall be raised at least 12 inches above the ground, and the space underneath shall be kept free of obstruction.

(3) All floors shall be tightly constructed of tongue-and-groove lumber, or some other suitable material approved by the health officer and shall be kept clean and in good repair.

(4) Interior walls shall be of material that may be easily cleaned.

(5) No room used for sleeping purposes shall have less than 400 cubic feet of space for each occupant.

(6) The area of window space in each rental unit shall be equal to at least one-eighth of the floor area. Every room shall have at least two windows, located on separate walls. Windows opening into garages or other covered areas shall not be considered in determining window space.

(7) Windows shall be so constructed that at least half of them can be opened, and all windows that open shall be effectively covered with screening not less than 16-mesh or provided with other effective mechanical means of excluding flies and mosquitoes. Screen doors shall be outward opening and self closing.

(8) Cold storage facilities shall be provided for food where necessary.

(9) Kitchens, where provided, shall be equipped with running water and sinks.

(10) Covered metal garbage containers shall be provided, at least one for every two rental units.

(11) All combustion type room heating devices shall be equipped with an adequate vent.

(12) Buildings shall be thoroughly cleaned after each occupancy. If bedding is provided, it shall be kept clean and clean sheets shall be provided for each new occupant.

(13) Mattress covers shall be used on mattresses, and shall be kept clean.

(14) If towels are provided they shall be for individual use only.

(Res. adopted December 17, 1962).

7.28.100 Communicable disease.

It is the duty of persons in charge of a tourist accommodation knowing or suspecting the presence of communicable disease in persons on the premises to report the fact immediately to the health officer.

(Res. adopted December 17, 1962).