Ordinance 6

LODGING ESTABLISHMENT

FOR HENNEPIN COUNTY

"The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners ordains:"

Section I: STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT RULES ADOPTED.

Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 145A.01 – 145A.11, 157.011, 157.15, 375.51 - 375.55 and Minnesota Rules 4625 relating to lodging establishments, including all subsequent amendments thereto, are adopted by Hennepin County by reference. Reference to Board or Board of Health shall be to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and their authorized representatives.

Section II: DEFINITIONS.

For the purpose of this ordinance the following words shall have the following meaning:

Subsection 1: "County" shall mean Hennepin County.

Subsection 2: "Health Authority" shall mean the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department and its designated employees, agents, or contractors, as the Hennepin County Board may designate.

Subsection 3: "Hotel" or "Motel" shall have the meaning given in Minnesota Statutes 157.15 subd.7 including all subsequent amendments thereto.

Subsection 4: “Lodging Establishment" shall have the meaning given in Minnesota Statutes 157.15 subd.8 including all subsequent amendments thereto.

Subsection 5: "Boarding Establishment" shall have the meaning given in Minnesota Statutes 157.15 subd.4 including all subsequent amendments thereto.

Subsection 6: "Resort" shall have the meaning given in Minnesota Statutes 157.15 subd.11 including all subsequent amendments thereto.

Section III: LICENSE REQUIRED.

It is unlawful for any person to operate or permit the operation of a lodging establishment, regardless of whether a fee is charged for such use, unless the County has issued a valid license therefore which is in full force and effect. Licensing of lodging establishments shall be done pursuant to County Ordinance No. 1. Only a person who complies with the provisions of this ordinance and ordinances applicable thereto of the city or cities in which the lodging facility is located shall be entitled to receive a license.

Section IV: LICENSE FEES.

Fees for licenses issued hereunder shall be those established from time to time by resolution of the County Board of Commissioners.

Section V: LICENSE EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL.

Licenses issued under this ordinance shall expire and shall be renewed pursuant to Hennepin County Ordinance No. 1.

Section VI: INSPECTION OF LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS.

The Health Authority shall inspect every lodging establishment as frequently as he may deem necessary to ensure compliance with this ordinance and based upon risk level established by and described in Minnesota Statute 157.20.

Section VII: CONSTRUCTION PLAN REVIEW.

All persons who hereafter construct, remodel or convert buildings or facilities for use as a lodging or boarding facility shall conform and comply in their construction, erection or alteration with the requirements of this ordinance. Plans and specifications for such construction remodeling or alteration which shall show layout; mechanical, plumbing, and electrical specifications; construction materials; and location and type of equipment and facilities shall be filed by its owner in the Office of the Health Authority. The statutory or home rule charter city shall not issue a building permit for the facility or remodeling or alteration permit for the facility until such plans have the approval of the Health Authority. The lodging establishment shall be constructed and finished in conformance with the approved plans. The Health Authority shall inspect the lodging establishment as frequently as he may deem necessary during construction to ensure the construction occurs in conformance with the approved plans. He shall conduct a final inspection prior to the start of operations and issuance of an approved license.

Section VIII: PENALTY.

Any person violating a provision of this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punishable pursuant to Hennepin County Ordinance No. 1.

Section IX: SEPARABILITY. 

If any provision or application of any provision of this Ordinance is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this Ordinance.

Section X: CAPTIONS. 

The captions printed in boldfaced type before sections of this Ordinance are mere catch words to indicate the content of the section.

Section XI: EFFECTIVE DATE.

After passage by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, this Ordinance shall be effective on June 15, 2010.

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