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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 7. GENERAL BUSINESS REGULATIONS [16000 - 18001]

  ( Division 7 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 61. )

PART 3. REPRESENTATIONS TO THE PUBLIC [17500 - 17930]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 63. )

CHAPTER 1. Advertising [17500 - 17606]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 63. )

ARTICLE 3. Motel and Motor Court Rate Signs [17560 - 17568]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 975. )

17560.
  

“Outdoor sign” or “outside sign” as used in this article means any sign visible to passers-by whether the same shall be located within or without buildings.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 975.)

17561.
  

“Room rates” as used in this article means the rates at which rooms or other accommodations are rented to occupants.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 975.)

17562.
  

“Operator” as used in this article includes a manager or any person in charge of the operation of motels and like establishments. “Operator” or “owner” includes natural persons, firms and corporations.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 975.)

17563.
  

This article shall apply to operators and owners of motels, motor courts, and like establishments, and to such establishments.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 975.)

17564.
  

It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator of any establishment within the scope of this article, located within the State of California, to post or maintain posted on any outdoor or outside advertising sign pertaining to such establishment, any rates for accommodations in such establishment unless the sign shall have posted thereon the rates charged for all rooms, or other rental units or accommodations offered for rental, the number of rooms or other rental units offered for rental at each rate, and the number of persons accommodated at the rate posted. All posted rates and descriptive data required by this article shall be in type and material of the same size and prominence as the aforesaid data. This section shall not be held to be complied with by signs stating the rate per person or bearing the legend “and up.”

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1733.)

17565.
  

It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator of any establishment within the scope of this article to post or maintain posted on outdoor or outside advertising signs rates for accommodations in any such establishment unless there shall be posted prominently and conspicuously in the area where guests are normally registered, a list of all rooms or other rental units offered for rental by such establishment, and the rates charged for each room when occupied by one person or two persons, and the rate charged for each additional occupant.

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1733.)

17566.
  

It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator of any establishment within the scope of this article to post or maintain outdoor or outside advertising signs in connection with any such establishment relating to rates which shall have thereon any untrue, misleading, false, or fraudulent representations.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 975.)

17567.
  

Nothing contained in this article shall be construed so as to require establishments within the scope of this article to have outdoor or outside signs. This article, however, shall be liberally construed so as to prevent untrue, misleading, false, or fraudulent representations relating to rates being placed upon outdoor or outside signs pertaining to such establishments.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 975.)

17567.5.
  

The governing body of any city, county, or city and county may, pursuant to reasonable exercise of the police power, enact ordinances imposing regulations equal to or greater than those imposed by this article.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 741.)

17568.
  

Any person violating the provisions of this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment of not less than 10 days nor more than six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1092, Sec. 52. Effective September 27, 1983. Operative January 1, 1984, by Sec. 427 of Ch. 1092.)

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