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Every person engaging in business as an operator of a hotel in this city shall register with the tax administrator on a form provided by the tax administrator within 15 calendar days after commencing the business. Nonregistration under this section shall not relieve any person from the obligation to pay the tax. The registration shall set forth the name under which the operator transacts or intends to transact business, the location of the operator’s place or places of business, and such other information to facilitate the collection of the tax as the tax administrator requires. The registration shall be signed by the operator. The tax administrator shall, within 10 days after the registration, issue without charge a certificate of authority to the registrant to collect the tax from the occupants of the hotel, together with a duplicate thereof for each additional place of business of the registrant. Such a certificate shall be nonassignable and nontransferable and shall be surrendered immediately to the tax administrator upon the cessation of business at the location named on the certificates or upon sale or transfer of the business. Each such certificate and duplicate thereof shall state the place of business to which it is applicable and shall be prominently displayed so as to come to the notice readily of all occupants and persons seeking occupancy therein. The certificate shall, among other things state the following:

(a) The name of the operator;

(b) The address of the hotel;

(c) The date when the certificate is issued;

(d) “This Transient Occupancy Registration Certificate signifies that the person named on the face hereof has fulfilled the requirements of the transient room tax ordinance of the City of Eugene by registration with the tax administrator for the purpose of collecting from transients the city’s room tax and remitting the tax to the tax administrator. This certificate does not authorize any person to conduct any unlawful business or to conduct any lawful business in an unlawful manner, or to operate a hotel without strictly complying with all local applicable laws, including, but not limited to, those requiring a permit from any board, commission, department or office of the city. This certificate does not constitute a permit.”

(Section 3.780 added by Ordinance No. 17282, enacted March 24, 1975; and administratively amended by Ordinance No. 20113, enacted April 6, 1998, effective May 6, 1998.)