City of Scranton, PA
Lackawanna County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Scranton as Ch. 19, Art. II, of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Second hand goods and dealers — See Ch. 379.
Solid waste — See Ch. 400.

§ 301-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
JUNK
Scrap iron, scrap tin, scrap brass, scrap copper, scrap lead, scrap zinc and all other scrap metals and their alloys, bones, rags, paper, used cloth, used rubber, used rope, used tinfoil, used bottles, old or used machinery, used tools, used appliances, used fixtures, used utensils, used lumber, used boxes or crates, used pipe or pipe fittings, used tires and other manufactured goods that are so worn, deteriorated or obsolete as to make them unusable in their existing condition, but are subject to being dismantled.
JUNKYARDS
Any buildings, structures and premises where junk, waste, discarded or salvage materials are bought, sold, exchanged, stored, baled, packed, disassembled or handled, including automobile wrecking yards, house wrecking and structural steel materials and equipment, but not including the purchase or storage of used furniture and household equipment, used cars held for sale in operating condition and not for the purpose of being sold for scrap or salvage.

§ 301-2 Fence required.

All outdoor storage facilities in junkyards shall be enclosed in a substantial, solid, nontransparent fence not less than eight (8) feet, nor more than ten (10) feet high. Such enclosure shall at all times be painted and kept in good order.

§ 301-3 Storage of materials.

No material or merchandise of any sort shall be stored in front of the enclosure provided for in § 301-2.

§ 301-4 Placement of materials.

No materials or wastes shall be deposited on any junkyard premises in such form or manner that they may be transferred off such premises by natural causes or forces.

§ 301-5 Storage in closed containers.

All materials or wastes on junkyard premises which might cause fumes or dust or which constitute a fire hazard or which may be edible by or otherwise be attractive to rodents or insects shall be stored outdoors only in closed containers.

§ 301-6 Burning restricted.

No person shall burn in any junkyard refuse or junk, including rubber tires, batteries and rubber from wires or any type of junk or old used automobiles which may cause fumes or odors injurious to the health and welfare of adjoining residents.

§ 301-7 License required.

No person shall keep or maintain any junkyard within the city unless a license therefor shall have been previously obtained.

§ 301-8 Application.

Every person desiring to keep, maintain or operate a junkyard shall file with the Department of Public Safety an application for a license. The application shall contain the name and address of the applicant, the particular place for which the license is desired and the size of the area and the name of the owner or owners of the premises.

§ 301-9 Issuance; term.

A license to keep or maintain any junkyard shall be issued only by the Superintendent of Building Inspection of the Department of Public Safety and shall be for a period of one (1) year or any fractional part thereof The license year shall commence on the first Monday of September of each year.

§ 301-10 Fee.

A. 
The fee for licensing junkyards by the Department of Community Development, Bureau of Inspections and licensing shall be five hundred dollars ($500.) for each yard or premises for which application is made.
B. 
The license fee may be prorated on a monthly basis.

§ 301-11 Transfer of license.

The license issued under this chapter may be transferred by the owner for the duration of the term for which issued. However, the Department of Public Safety shall be notified of the proposed transfer, and the transfer may be made only upon the approval of the Director of the Department.