No person shall open or operate a hotel until a license has been obtained from the regulatory authority and until the hotel has been inspected by the regulatory authority. A license issued by the department of agriculture prior to January 1, 1979 shall be valid until its expiration date. An inspection conducted by the department of agriculture prior to January 1, 1979 shall be valid for purposes of this section. Each license shall expire one year from date of issue. A license is renewable. All licenses issued under the Iowa hotel sanitation code that are not renewed by the licensee on or before the expiration date shall be subject to a penalty of ten percent of the license fee if the license is renewed at a later date. A license is not transferable.
[S13, § 2527-l; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 2809; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, § 170.2; C79, 81, § 170B.4]
90 Acts, ch 1204, § 66
C91, § 137C.7
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