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Lodging House Permits

Why? 
To provide permits for lodging houses other than those licensed by the State of Wisconsin. 

What is a Lodging House? 
Is a residential building or portion thereof, containing lodging rooms which accommodate five or more persons who are not members of the keeper's family where lodging or meals, or both, or lodging and kitchen privileges are provided for compensation.

Permit Process 
The owner or operator of a lodging house located within the City shall obtain a permit from the housing and property maintenance administrator for such premises in the name of the owner and operator. 

The owner or operator of every lodging house shall make proper application for a permit to the housing and property maintenance administrator prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit for a new building, or within seven days after the acquisition of an occupied building. 

The permit may be issued by the housing and property maintenance administrator after inspection and shall remain in force unless an objection is filed with the housing and property maintenance administrator by the health, fire or police department. This objection shall include a written statement concerning the specific correctable violation of any existing city regulation. 

The permit shall be displayed in a conspicuous place in a public area of the building. No permit shall be transferred from one address to another. Permits shall be transferred to a new owner upon proper application. 

Inspection/Suspension of Permit
Whenever, upon inspection of any such premises, the inspector finds that conditions or practices exist which are in violation of any provision of this code, the inspector shall give notice in writing to the owner or operator of such premises, that unless such conditions or practices are corrected within a reasonable period, to be determined by the inspector but in any event not less than 15 nor more than 30 days, the permit therefor will be suspended. At the end of such period the inspector shall reinspect such premises and if he or she finds that such conditions or practices have not been corrected, he or she shall give notice in writing to the owner or operator that the latter's permit has been suspended. The housing and property maintenance administrator shall, without unnecessary delay, forward each written suspension to the board of examiners and appeals for a hearing and a decision within the same time period as provided for appeals in title 2, chapter 11 of the City Code. Permits may be revoked after an opportunity has been provided for a hearing before the board of examiners and appeals. After a permit has been revoked, each day of operation of the lodging house shall be considered a separate offense. 

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