Chapter 5.34


5.34.010    Person – Defined.

5.34.020    Hotel – Room – Defined.

5.34.030    Guest register – How kept.

5.34.040    Drainage, plumbing – Standards.

5.34.050    Ashes to be kept in metal container.

5.34.060    Towels – Requirements.

5.34.070    Fumigating rooms – When.

5.34.080    Sanitation requirements.

5.34.110    Houses of ill fame – Use as prohibited.

5.34.120    False registration – Unlawful.

5.34.130    Use of rooms by opposite sex – Prohibited.

5.34.140    Liability of managing agent – Presumption.

5.34.170    Violations – Penalty.

5.34.010 Person – Defined.

For the purpose of this chapter the word “person” shall mean and include natural persons, copartnerships, corporations, and associations, and shall include persons of both sexes. (Ord. 629 § 1, 1922)

5.34.020 Hotel – Room – Defined.

Every building or structure kept, used, or maintained as, or advertised as, or held out to the public to be an inn, hotel, or public lodging house, or place where sleeping accommodations are furnished to the public for hire in periods of less than one week in which five or more rooms are used for the sleeping accommodation of its guests, shall for the purpose of this chapter be defined to be a hotel, and whenever the word hotel shall occur in this chapter it shall be construed to mean and embrace every such structure as is described in this section. Tents or cottages when used in connection with such hotel for the accommodation of its guests shall be taken and considered as being a part of such hotel. Where any room of a hotel contains more than one bed, every bed in excess of one shall for the purpose of this chapter be counted as an additional room. (Ord. 629 § 1, 1922)

5.34.030 Guest register – How kept.

Every hotel defined as such in this chapter shall keep a record of the arrival and departure of its guests in such a manner that the record will be a permanent one for at least one year from the date of departure. (Ord. 629 § 2, 1922)

5.34.040 Drainage, plumbing – Standards.

All buildings or rooms occupied as a kitchen in connection with hotels or restaurants, shall be drained and plumbed in a manner conducive to the proper and healthful condition thereof and shall be constructed with air-shafts and windows of ventilation, and no water or earth closet, privy or ash-pit shall be within, or directly communicate with any such kitchen. (Ord. 629 § 3, 1922)

5.34.050 Ashes to be kept in metal container.

No ashes from any hotel shall be dumped or kept in or adjacent thereto, or in any outhouse connected with any hotel unless the same shall be placed in a tight metal container, with a tight metal lid kept thereon. (Ord. 629 § 4, 1922)

5.34.060 Towels – Requirements.

Each and every hotel having a public wash-room shall keep therein at all times a sufficient supply of clean towels, in a place in sight at all times and easy of access to guests. (Ord. 629 § 5, 1922)

5.34.070 Fumigating rooms – When.

Whenever any room in any hotel shall have been occupied by any person sick with or exposed to any contagious, infectious or communicable disease, such room shall be thoroughly fumigated in accordance with the directions of the local health officer, and all bedding therein thoroughly disinfected before such room shall be occupied by another person. But in any event such room shall not be occupied by any person for at least 48 hours after such fumigation and disinfection. (Ord. 629 § 6, 1922)

5.34.080 Sanitation requirements.

Every hotel shall be well drained, constructed, and plumbed according to sanitary rules to be established by the State Board of Health and shall be kept clean and in a sanitary condition and free from effluvia arising from any source within the control of the owner, manager, agent or other person in charge, and shall be provided with water-closets for the separate use of males and females, which water closets shall be disinfected as often as may be necessary to keep them at all times in a sanitary condition. (Ord. 629 § 7, 1922)

5.34.110 Houses of ill fame – Use as prohibited.

No person shall suffer or permit any hotel, rooming house or lodging house to be used as a house of ill fame, brothel, bawdy house or disorderly house, for the purpose of prostitution, fornication or lewdness; or suffer any lascivious cohabitation, adultery, fornication or other immoral practice to be carried on therein. (Ord. 629 § 10, 1922)

5.34.120 False registration – Unlawful.

It shall be unlawful for any person to write or cause to be written in any hotel register any other or different name than the true name of such person, or the name by which such person is generally known. (Ord. 629 § 11, 1922)

5.34.130 Use of rooms by opposite sex – Prohibited.

No room shall be assigned to two persons of opposite sex, except in the case of children accompanied by parent or guardian, unless such persons shall be registered as husband and wife. (Ord. 629 § 12, 1922)

5.34.140 Liability of managing agent – Presumption.

For the purpose of determining the liability of any person or persons to prosecution for violations of any of the provisions of this chapter it shall be sufficient to show that such person was at the time of the act of violation complained of, the person in actual charge, management or control of the house in which act is alleged to have been committed. (Ord. 629 § 13, 1922)

5.34.170 Violations – Penalty.

Every person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, where no other penalty is herein provided, be punished by a fine in any sum not exceeding $100.00 or by imprisonment in the city jail not exceeding 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 629 § 16, 1922)