Definitions . As used in this section:
“Hotel” means any building or structure kept, used, maintained as, advertised or held out to the public to be an inn, hotel, motel, family hotel, apartment hotel, lodging house, dormitory or other place, where sleeping or rooming accommodations are furnished for hire or rent, and in which seven or more sleeping rooms are used or maintained for the accommodation of guests, lodgers or roomers. The term “hotel” shall not include “single-room occupancy buildings” or “bed-and- breakfast establishments” as defined in Section13-4-010" destination-id="JD_13-4-010">13-4-010.
Application – Additional information required . In addition to the requirements set forth in Section4-4-050" destination-id="JD_4-4-050">4-4-050, an application for, and, if requested, renewal of, a regulated business license to engage in the business of hotel shall be accompanied by the following information:
a statement as to whether, within ten years prior to the date of application or renewal, the applicant or any controlling person has ever been convicted, in custody, under parole or under any other non-custodial supervision resulting from a conviction in a court of any jurisdiction for the commission of any forcible felony, as defined in Section 2-8 of the Criminal Code of 1961, codified at 720 ILCS 5/1-1.
License issuance and renewal – Prohibited when . No regulated business license to engage in the business of hotel shall be issued to the following persons:
Any applicant or licensee, as applicable, who, within ten years of the date of application or renewal, has ever been convicted, in custody, under parole or under any other non-custodial supervision resulting from a conviction in a court of any jurisdiction for the commission of any forcible felony, as defined in Section 2-8 of the Criminal Code of 1961, codified at 720 ILCS 5/1-1.
Departmental duties .
The department of buildings shall inspect each licensed hotel at least twice every year. Such inspection shall verify that the premises comply in all respects with the ventilation and sanitary provisions of this Code and the laws of the State of Illinois pertaining to such establishments.
The superintendent of police shall, when making a report relative to criminal activity on or immediately adjacent to the licensed establishment (1) conduct an investigation to determine whether a public nuisance within the meaning of subsection (e)(2) of this section occurred at the establishment or on immediately adjacent property; and (2) prepare a written investigative report summarizing the findings of such investigation and recommending appropriate legal and administrative action which may be taken in response to such public nuisance, including, but not limited to, license suspension or revocation; and (3) transmit the investigative report, within 48 hours of the incident identified in the police report, to the commissioner of business affairs and consumer protection and corporation counsel for further action as warranted. Upon request by any alderman or city council committee, the corporation counsel shall make the report submitted pursuant to this subsection available to such alderman or city council committee for review.
Prohibited acts . It shall be unlawful for any licensee engaged in the business of hotel to:
(i) rent any sleeping room by the hour or for any period of fewer than ten consecutive hours; or (ii) rent any sleeping room more than once within any consecutive ten hour period measured from the commencement of one rental to the commencement of the next; or (iii) advertise an hourly rate or any other rate for a sleeping room based on a rental period of fewer than ten consecutive hours. Provided, however, that clauses (i) and (ii) shall not apply to any hotel that is located within the central area as defined in Section10-32-220" destination-id="JD_10-32-220">10-32-220(1) of this Code, or within three miles of property used for airport purposes at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Midway Airport or within 1.5 miles of the McCormick Place complex. Any person who violates any requirement of this subsection shall be subject to a fine of not less than $500.00 nor more than $1,000.00 for each offense. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
knowingly permit prostitution, pimping, gambling or illegal possession or delivery of, or trafficking in, controlled substances or other drugs, including cannabis, to occur on or immediately adjacent to the licensed establishment; or to fail to discover such illegal acts on or immediately adjacent to the licensed establishment under circumstances in which a reasonable person, exercising ordinary care and diligence, would infer that such activity is taking place; or to fail to report to the police in a timely manner any criminal activity occurring on or immediately adjacent to the licensed establishment, if such criminal activity is observed by or reported to the licensee. Provided, however, that it shall be an affirmative defense to any prosecution under this subsection if the licensee immediately notified the police of the public nuisance occurring on or immediately adjacent to the licensed establishment. For purposes of this subsection, the term “licensee” also includes employees and agents of the licensee.
Penalty – License revocation – One year wait for new license – Exceptions.
In addition to any other penalty provided by law, any person who violates any requirement of this section or any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder shall be subject to a fine of not less than $250.00 nor more than $500.00 for each offense. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
If a regulated business license to engage in the business of hotel is revoked for cause, no license shall be granted to any person for the operation of a hotel at the premises described in the revocation order for a period of one year from the date of revocation. Provided, however, that this subsection shall not apply to any hotel located within the City’s central business district, as defined in Section9-4-010" destination-id="JD_9-4-010">9-4-010 of this Code; or within three miles of property used for airport purposes at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport; or within the McCormick Place complex.
(Added Coun. J. 5-9-12, p. 27485, § 16; Amend Coun. J. 6-6-12, p. 28356, § 1B; Amend Coun. J. 11-8-12, p. 38872, § 65)