2005 California Business and Professions Code Sections 17560-17568 Article 3. Motel and Motor Court Rate Signs
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. 17561. "Room rates" as used in this article means the rates at which rooms or other accommodations are rented to occupants. 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. 17563. This article shall apply to operators and owners of motels, motor courts, and like establishments, and to such establishments. 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." 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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