902 KAR 7:010.
Hotel and motel code.
RELATES TO: KRS
AUTHORITY: KRS Chapter 13B, 194.050, 211.090, EO 96-862
FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 219.011 to 219.081 and 219.991(1) directs the
Health Services Cabinet to regulate hotels. KRS 219.041(3) directs the Health
Services Cabinet to adopt a State Hotel Code, which includes, among other
things, requirements for the issuance, suspension and revocation of permits to
operate; submission of plans for construction and equipment layout; plumbing;
lighting; ventilation; water supply; sewage disposal; sanitary standards for
operation; and other matters deemed necessary to insure a safe and sanitary
operation of a hotel. Executive Order 96-862, effective July 2, 1996,
reorganizes the Cabinet for Human Resources and places the Department for
Public Health and its programs under the Cabinet for Health Services.
Citation of Administrative Regulation. This administrative regulation may be
cited as the "State Hotel Code."
Definitions. As used in this administrative regulation:
"Employee" means any person working in a hotel, including janitors,
maids, porters, and other persons whose duties include the cleaning of rooms,
toilets, or other parts of the building or the carrying of ice or ice water to
dispensing machine" means any self-service or semiself-service machine
operated by a mechanism which, upon insertion of a coin, coins, or tokens, or
by other devices such as levers or switches, dispenses ice either in bulk or in
rest room" means any facility that provides toilet and hand-washing
facilities for the general public.
"Self-service ice storage bin" means a self-service machine or
storage bin in which ice is manufactured or stored in bulk form and the ice
removed by the hotel guest through use of an ice scoop or other similar device.
Application for a Permit. (1) Application for a permit required by KRS 219.021
shall be made on forms provided by the cabinet and include:
full name and address and indicate whether the applicant is an individual, firm
(b) If a
partnership, the names of the partners, with their addresses;
(c) The location
of the hotel; and
signature of the applicant or applicants.
(2) Upon receipt
of an application the cabinet shall make an inspection of the hotel to
determine compliance with the provisions of this administrative regulation.
When inspection reveals that the applicable requirements of this administrative
regulation have been met, a permit shall be issued to the applicant by the
Section 4. Hotel
Water Supply and Ice. (1) The water supply shall be potable, adequate and from
an approved public supply of a municipality or water district, if available. In
the event a public water supply of a municipality or a water district is not
available, the supply for a hotel shall be developed and approved in accordance
with applicable requirements of the Natural Resources and Environmental
Protection Cabinet; provided, however, if a public water supply of a
municipality or water district subsequently becomes available, connections
shall be made thereto and the hotel supply shall be discontinued.
(2) Hot and cold
running water under pressure shall be provided in all bathrooms and toilet
(3) Ice used for
any purpose shall be made from water which comes from an approved source, and
shall be used only if it has been manufactured, stored, transported, and
handled in a sanitary manner.
ice provided for the hotel guest shall be dispensed through use of ice
dispensing machines or prepackaged for individual hotel guests from an approved
source in all new hotels constructed after the effective date of this
administrative regulation; provided, however, that ice making equipment located
in individual rooms shall not be prohibited. Self-service ice storage bins
presently being used may be continued in use provided that the machines are
maintained in good repair and capable of being properly cleaned. In all cases
where the replacement of a self-service ice storage bin becomes necessary, or
additional machines added, an ice dispensing machine shall be installed.
Section 5. Hotel
Sewage and Waste Disposal. All sewage and waste matter shall be disposed of
into a public sewerage system, if available. In the event a public sewerage
system is not available, disposal shall be made into a private system designed,
constructed and operated in accordance with the requirements of the cabinet;
provided, however, if a public sewerage system subsequently becomes available,
connections shall be made thereto and the hotel sewerage system shall be
Toilet and Bathing Facilities. (1) Each hotel shall be provided with adequate
and conveniently located toilet and bathing facilities. Except as provided by
KRS 219.021(3) for existing hotels, toilet and bathing facilities shall be
provided for each sleeping room in accordance with the requirements of the State
Building Code. Toilet and bathing fixtures shall be of a sanitary design and
readily cleanable. Toilets and bathing facilities, including rooms and
fixtures, shall be kept in a clean condition and in good repair. Toilet tissue
shall be provided. Easily cleanable receptacles shall be provided for waste
materials, and such receptacles in public toilet rooms for women shall be
covered. Public rest room facilities for both sexes shall be provided when
required by the State Building Code in all new hotels constructed after the
effective date of this administrative regulation. The doors of all public rest
rooms shall be self-closing.
(2) Each hotel
shall provide adequate, conveniently located hand-washing facilities at each
toilet and bathroom including a lavatory or lavatories equipped with hot and
cold or tempered running water, hand-cleansing soap and approved sanitary
towels or other approved hand-drying devices. Such facilities shall be kept
clean and in good repair.
(3) All plumbing
in hotels shall comply with the state plumbing code.
Storage, Collection and Disposal of Hotel Refuse. (1) All containers used in
guest rooms, lobbies, hallways and public assembly rooms for storage of refuse
and rubbish containing food waste shall be constructed of durable metal or
other approved types of materials, which do not leak and do not absorb liquids.
Such containers shall be thoroughly cleaned on the inside and outside each time
they are emptied unless liners are used.
(2) All outside
storage containers shall be constructed of durable metal or other approved
types of materials, which do not leak and do not absorb liquids, and shall be
provided with tight fitting lids or covers and shall, unless kept in a special
vermin- proof room or enclosure, be kept covered when stored. Each storage
container shall be cleaned at such frequency as to prevent a nuisance.
(3) The rooms,
enclosures, areas and containers shall be adequate for storage of all refuse
accumulating on the premises. Adequate cleaning facilities shall be provided
and each storage room or area shall be thoroughly cleaned after the emptying or
removal of refuse.
(4) All refuse
and waste collected at a hotel shall be disposed of in a safe and sanitary
manner. In the event a permitted site or facility approved by the Natural
Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet is available, disposal shall be
at such site or facility.
Section 8. Room
Construction and Layout. (1) All structures used as hotels shall be of
permanent, weatherproof construction with sound floors, walls and ceilings.
habitable rooms, bathrooms, and halls shall have adequate lighting, ventilation
(a) The heating
system shall be capable of maintaining a temperature of sixty-eight (68)
(b) Natural and
artificial lighting for general cleaning purposes and safety of guests shall be
at least five (5) foot-candles in guest rooms, stairways and hallways.
(c) Lighting in
reading areas of guest rooms and public meeting rooms shall be thirty (30)
(d) Lighting at
bathroom mirrors shall be forty (40) foot-candles.
rooms shall have at least one (1) window to the outside air which can be easily
opened unless other openings or mechanical devices are used for room ventilation.
All sleeping rooms shall have a door opening directly to the outside or into a
hallway leading to the outside.
Section 9. Soap,
Towels, Washcloths, Drinking Glasses and Ice Containers. (1) Rooms used for
sleeping purposes shall be provided with soap, towels, washcloths and drinking
(a) Two (2)
clean towels and one (1) clean washcloth of adequate size shall be provided for
(b) One (1)
multiuse drinking glass or individual single-service cup shall be provided for
(2) Ice storage
containers, scoops and drinking glasses, unless they are of the single-service
type, shall be smooth, impervious material and designed to facilitate cleaning,
and shall be stored, handled and dispensed in a sanitary manner.
(3) Multiuse drinking
glasses and ice containers shall be washed and sanitized according to
procedures as set forth in the state food service code.
(4) Hotels which
do not have adequate and effective facilities for cleaning and sanitizing
multiuse drinking glasses and ice containers shall use single-service articles.
All single-service articles shall be stored, handled and dispensed in a
sanitary manner and shall be used only once. Single-service articles shall be
made from nontoxic materials.
drinking glasses or single-service containers placed in sleeping rooms shall be
individually wrapped or stored on a clean surface in an inverted position.
Hotel Beds and Bedding Accessories. Mattress pads or covers shall be used on
all mattresses. Beds, mattresses, springs, slats, mattress pads and covers
shall be clean and free from vermin. Each bed shall be provided with two (2)
sheets; and one (1) pillow and one (1) pillow case for each occupant. Sheets
and pillow cases shall be kept clean and changed at least once per week or more
often if necessary or when there is a new occupant. All beds shall be supplied
with sufficient blankets or coverings to keep the occupant warm.
Maintenance of Rooms, Furniture and Accessories. All sleeping rooms, hallways,
lobbies and other facilities shall be kept clean and in good repair. Furniture,
drapes, curtains and shades shall be kept clean and in good repair.
Linen Storage. Adequate storage areas, rooms or cabinets shall be provided for
all supplies, linens and equipment, and shall be kept neat, orderly and clean.
Clean linens shall be stored in cabinets or on shelves in a linen storage room.
Soiled linens shall be so handled and stored as not to come in contact with
Vermin Control. Effective measures shall be taken to control vermin and other
pests including their entrance into the hotel.
Poisonous and Toxic Materials. Only such poisonous and toxic materials as are
required to maintain sanitary conditions and for sanitization purposes may be
used or stored in hotels. Such materials shall be properly stored and
identified and shall be used only in such manner and under such conditions as
will not constitute a hazard to employees or customers.
Hotel Swimming Facilities. Any swimming or bathing facility provided for use by
hotel occupants shall be constructed and operated in accordance with the State
Building Code and the Kentucky public swimming and bathing facilities administrative
Hotel Personnel. (1) No person while affected with any disease in a
communicable form, or while a carrier of such disease, or while afflicted with
boils, infected wounds, sores or an acute respiratory infection, shall work in
any area of a hotel in any capacity in which there is a likelihood of such a
person contaminating bedding, and other surfaces with pathogenic organisms, or
transmitting disease to other individuals, and no person known or suspected of
being affected with any such disease or condition shall be employed in such an
area or capacity. If the manager or person in charge of the hotel has reason to
suspect that any employee has contracted any disease in communicable form or
has become a carrier of such a disease, he shall notify the cabinet
employees shall wear clean outer garments, maintain a high degree of personal
cleanliness, and conform to hygienic practices while on duty. They shall wash
their hands thoroughly in an approved hand-washing facility before starting
work, and as often as may be necessary to remove soil and contamination. No
employee shall resume work after visiting the toilet without first washing his
Procedure when Infection is Suspected. When the cabinet has reasonable cause to
suspect the possibility of disease transmission from any hotel employee, the
cabinet shall secure a morbidity history of the suspected employee, or make
such other investigation as may be indicated and take appropriate action. The
cabinet may require any or all of the following measures:
immediate exclusion of the employee from the hotel;
of the employee's services to some area of the establishment where there would
be no danger of transmitting disease; and
adequate medical and laboratory examinations of the employee, of other
employees, and of his and their body discharges.
Section 18. Plan
Review of Future Construction. No person shall construct or extensively alter a
hotel, or convert an existing structure for use as a hotel, until properly
prepared plans and specifications for such construction or alteration, showing
layout, arrangements, and construction materials, and the location, size and
type of fixed equipment and facilities and a plumbing riser diagram, have been
submitted to and approved by the cabinet before such work is begun. If the
construction plans are not acceptable, the cabinet shall give the reason
therefor in writing to the person submitting the construction plans and, if the
objection can be corrected, the plans can be resubmitted for another review.
Inspection of Hotels. (1) At least once every twelve (12) months, the cabinet
shall inspect each hotel and shall make additional inspections and
reinspections as are necessary for the enforcement of this administrative
(2) Whenever an
agent of the cabinet makes an inspection of a hotel, he shall record his
findings on an official cabinet inspection report form and provide the permit
holder or operator with a copy. The inspection report shall:
(a) Set forth
the specific violations(s) found;
(b) Establish a
specific and reasonable period of time for the correction of the violation(s)
(c) State that
failure to comply with any notice issued in accordance with the provisions of
this administrative regulation may result in suspension of the permit.
Suspension of Permit. (1) Whenever the cabinet has reason to believe that an
imminent public health hazard exists, or whenever the permit holder has
interfered with the authorized agents of the cabinet in the performance of
their duties, the permit may be suspended immediately upon notice to the permit
holder without a hearing. In such event the permit holder may request a hearing
which shall be conducted in accordance with 902 KAR 1:400.
(2) In all other
instances of violation of the provisions of this administrative regulation the
cabinet shall serve upon the holder of the permit a written notice specifying
the violation(s) in question and afford the holder a reasonable opportunity to
correct same. Whenever a permit holder or operator has failed to comply with
any written notice issued under the provisions of this administrative
regulation, the permit holder or operator shall be notified in writing that the
permit shall be suspended at the end of ten (10) days following service of such
notice, unless a written request for a hearing is filed with the cabinet, by
the permit holder within such ten (10) day period.
administrative hearings shall be conducted in accordance with 902 KAR 1:400.
Reinstatement of Suspended Permits. Any person whose permit has been suspended
may, at any time, make application for a reinspection for the purpose of
reinstatement of the permit. Within ten (10) days following receipt of a
written request, including a statement signed by the applicant that in his
opinion the conditions causing suspension of the permit have been corrected,
the cabinet shall make a reinspection. If the applicant is found to be in
compliance with the requirements of this administrative regulation, the permit
shall be reinstated.
Revocation of Permits. For serious or repeated violations of any of the
requirements of this administrative regulation or for interference with the
agents of the cabinet in the performance of their duties, the permit may be
permanently revoked after an opportunity for a hearing has been provided by the
cabinet. Prior to such action, the cabinet shall notify the permit holder in
writing, stating the reasons for which the permit is subject to revocation and
advising that the permit shall be permanently revoked at the end of ten (10)
days following service of such notice, unless a request for a hearing is filed
with the cabinet, by the permit holder, within such ten (10) day period. (1
Ky.R. 641; eff. 4-9-75; Am. 16 Ky.R. 936; eff. 1-12-90; 22 Ky.R. 2355; eff.