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The standards for bed and breakfast inns are:
(A) Maximum number of guest bedrooms - The maximum number of guest bedrooms for rent shall not exceed five. The commission may approve more bedrooms provided adequate parking and interior yard space are available.
(B) Owner occupancy required - The owner of the bed and breakfast inn shall live on the premises and operate the inn.
(C) Meal service - Meal service shall be limited to breakfast and evening snacks for overnight guests of the inn.
(D) Cooking in guest bedrooms - No cooking facilities shall be provided in individual guest bedrooms.
(E) Alteration to structures - Any alterations proposed to the inn shall be consistent with the materials, color, and architectural style of the original construction, as determined by the commission, based on a recommendation from the Ventura County Cultural Heritage Commission, or an architect or other design professional specializing in period architecture.
(F) Historical significance - The proposed bed and breakfast inn shall have some historical significance in the establishment and development of the city, as determined by the commission, based on the findings required for designation of a structure as a significant heritage feature.
(G) Signs -
(1) A bed and breakfast inn with 100 feet or more of continuous street frontage shall be permitted to install one double-faced sign not to exceed six square feet per side and 48 inches in height in its front yard, or one indirectly lighted sign not exceeding four square feet in area attached to the main building, subject to approval of the commission. Any other bed and breakfast inn shall be limited to one 4-square-foot indirectly lighted sign attached to the main structure. Lighting fixtures and wattage of signs are to be approved by the director.
(2) The sign may not refer to the inn as a hotel or motel. The design of the sign shall be compatible with the design of the inn. Signs for bed and breakfast inns shall be reviewed by the commission during consideration of the special use permit.
(H) Fire safety -
(1) In addition to Uniform Fire Code Requirements, the bed and breakfast inn shall comply with all fire safety requirements of the fire department prior to occupancy. At a minimum these include, but are not limited to:
(a) Installation of a “hard wired” smoke detector and evacuation plan in every guest room;
(b) Installation of an approved fire extinguisher on each floor; and
(c) Provision of at least two exits from the main structure, both of which do not require a key or special knowledge to open from the inside.
(2) The bed and breakfast inn shall be subject to inspection by the city fire marshal. The results of this inspection shall be provided to the director.
(I) Building code -
(1) If the city council has designated the bed and breakfast inn as a significant heritage feature, the inn shall comply with the State historic building code.
(2) The bed and breakfast inn shall be subject to an inspection by the city building inspector, who shall provide to the director a list of Uniform Building Code or State historical building code deficiencies prior to the commission's consideration of the special use permit.
(J) Parking requirements -
(1) Parking shall be provided at the rate of one off-street parking space per guest room plus parking for the owner as required at the time of original construction of the structure. Parking surfaces may include, but are not limited to: brick, pavers, cobblestones, stamped colored concrete, and grass-cell pavement. Excessive amounts of paving to meet parking requirements shall not be allowed.
(2) Inns located on corner lots may credit the nonprimary street frontage toward the parking requirement, with 25 linear feet equal to one parking space, subject to approval of the commission.
(K) Yard areas - Interior yard space shall be provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of the zoning designation within which the proposed bed and breakfast inn is located.
(L) On-site lighting - On-site lighting shall be shielded from spilling onto adjacent property.
(`64 Code, Sec. 36-7.8.6) (Ord. No. 2165)