Township of East China, MI
St. Clair County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Charter Township of East China 11-18-1980 by Ord. No. 117 as Ch. 7-03 of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parking Violations Bureau — See Ch. 73.
Blight — See Ch. 153.
Traffic — See Ch. 420.
Zoning — See Ch. 480.

§ 436-1 Purpose.

The outdoor storage of dismantled, partially dismantled or inoperable motor vehicles shall be regulated.

§ 436-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DISABLED MOTOR VEHICLE
Any vehicle which is incapable of being self-propelled upon the public streets, or which does not meet the requirements for operation upon the public streets, including a current license.

§ 436-3 Enforcement. [1]

It shall be the duty of the Police Department to enforce this chapter; provided, however, that the Ordinance Enforcement Officer shall assist and cooperate in such enforcement.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 436-4 Parking and storage restrictions.

A. 
Regulation established. No person shall permit any disabled motor vehicle to be parked, stored, placed or allowed to remain within the Township in violation of the Ordinance Code provisions of the Township.
B. 
Street rights-of-way. Disabled motor vehicles shall not be permitted in the rights-of-way of the streets, alleys, or highways within the Township:[1]
(1) 
Towing excluded. Provided, however, that this shall not apply to towing or similar transporting of such vehicles; and
(2) 
Removal allowance in emergencies. Provided, further, that a reasonable time (not to exceed 48 hours from time of disability) shall be permitted for the removal of or servicing of a disabled vehicle in an emergency caused by accident or sudden breakdown of the vehicle.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Front yards. Disabled motor vehicles shall not be permitted in a front yard as defined by Chapter 480, Zoning, of the Township Code; provided, however, that a reasonable time (not to exceed 48 hours from the time of disability) shall be permitted for the removal or servicing of a disabled vehicle in any emergency caused by accident or sudden breakdown of the vehicle.
D. 
Side or rear yards. One disabled motor vehicle may be permitted in a side or rear yard of a residential, commercial or industrial lot as an accessory use to the main use of the lot; provided that such vehicle is not located in any open space required by the zoning laws.
(1) 
Service and repair work permitted. Service and repair work may be performed on such vehicle, and incidental thereto parts, tools, and equipment may be stored and used.
(2) 
Disassembly and stripping prohibited. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as authorizing the disassembling, teardown, or scrapping of a motor vehicle, or to permit one motor vehicle to be scavenged or stripped for parts for use on another vehicle.
(3) 
Time limitation. Provided, however, that a disabled vehicle shall not be permitted to remain outside of a building for a period in excess of 30 days on any lot used for residential purposes or on that portion of any lot within the prohibitions of Chapter 480, Zoning.

§ 436-5 Authorized storage.

A. 
Within accessory garage. Storage, service and repair of a disabled motor vehicle which is conducted entirely within the confines of an accessory garage shall be permitted; provided that such vehicle is the property of the owner or occupier of the lot and that such use is not a commercial use of the property, unless such use is authorized by other Ordinance Code provisions of the Township.
B. 
Permitted use. Storage, repair and servicing of disabled motor vehicles not authorized herein, and the tearing down, stripping, or junking of motor vehicles, shall be permitted only where and when such use is specifically authorized, permitted, or licensed under other Ordinance Code provisions of the Township and in accordance therewith.