[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Delran as Sec. 6-5 of the 1993 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning set forth:
- SALVAGE YARD
- The business of purchasing, selling, exchanging or storing old iron, brass, copper, tin, lead, dismantled or partly dismantled used motor vehicles, parts of used motor vehicles, all paper, rags, rubber, glass, and other secondhand materials of like nature, secondhand lumber, doors, window frames, plumbing fixtures and any secondhand materials acquired by reason of the demolition of any structure.
- SEPARATE AND DISTINCT LOCATION
- Any premises which consists of a part of one, or one or more lots and which are adjacent and contiguous to each other and, if described by metes and bounds, would have one continuous and uninterrupted boundary line.
It shall be unlawful for any person to use any open air plot of ground, yard or parcel of land or building as a salvage yard, as defined above, without first obtaining a license therefor from the Township Council.
Application for each location. Any person desiring to obtain a license to engage in the business of operating a salvage yard shall make a separate application, in writing, to the Township Council for the granting of a separate license for each separate and distinct location where such business is to be maintained and operated.
Contents of application. In addition to the information required in Chapter 203, Licensing, the applicant shall give the following information:
A description of the premises, either by metes and bounds or by lot and block number, upon which such business is to be conducted, giving the street frontage and the approximate depth of the premises.
Such other information as may, from time to time, be deemed by the Township Council to be necessary to determine the fitness of the applicant to conduct the business and the adequacy of the premises to be used.
Before any application for a license to conduct such business shall be accepted by the Township Clerk, there shall be presented to him or her, at the time of the making of such application, a paid tax bill receipted by the Tax Collector indicating that all property taxes due on the proposed premises have been paid.
Any such license, when issued, shall in no wise be construed so as to permit the owner of the business to operate or maintain such business upon any other location or in any other building other than that set forth and described in the application and license.
Licenses issued under this chapter shall be good and valid from the date of issue until the 31st day of December, next, after granting the same.
Required. When any business licensed hereunder is conducted on an open air plot of ground, yard or parcel of land, the premises shall be enclosed by a solid surfaced board fence.
Construction. Such fence:
Shall be set back a minimum distance of 15 feet from any street line.
Shall be not less than six feet nor more than eight feet in height from the ground.
Shall be substantially constructed with boards joining one another.
May contain necessary gates which, when closed, will properly conform to the fence.
Maintenance. The fence shall, at all times, be maintained in good condition and properly painted.
View of materials. No secondhand materials, the purchase, sale, exchange or storage of which is regulated herein, shall be piled or placed so as to be visible above the fence.
Advertising; signs. Any and all advertisements placed or printed on such fence shall be confined solely to the advertisement of the licensee's business and shall conform to any sign regulations of the Township, including application requirements.
Storage outside of fence. None of the materials, the purchase, sale, exchange or storage of which is regulated herein, shall be kept on any sidewalk or street, or outside the fence required to be erected pursuant to Subsection A, or in front of the place of business licensed hereunder.
Drainage. It shall be unlawful for any licensee to permit any of the materials, the purchase, sale, exchange or storage of which is regulated herein, to be placed upon the licensed premises in such a manner so as to permit rainwater to collect and remain in and about the premises for a period longer than 24 hours.
Fire or health hazard. It shall be unlawful for any licensee to stack, pile or place any of the aforesaid materials upon the licensed premises in such a manner as to create a fire hazard or to create a place for the harboring or breeding of rats, mice or vermin.
Burning of material. It shall be unlawful for any licensee to cause any of the aforesaid materials which may be inflammable to be destroyed by burning on the premises.
Hours of operation. No work shall be done or business conducted on the premises on Sunday or between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., prevailing time.
Additional regulations. All licenses issued pursuant to this chapter shall at all times be subject to such reasonable rules and regulations as the Township Council may, from time to time, determine to be necessary and proper in the best interest of the citizens of the Township.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter, or fail to comply therewith, or who shall violate or fail to comply with any order or regulation made hereunder, shall, severally, for each and every such violation and noncompliance be subject to the penalty set forth in § 1-5, Violations and penalties, of this Code.
The imposition of a penalty for a violation of this chapter shall not excuse the violation, nor permit it to continue. Such violation shall be remedied within a reasonable time, and each 10 days that such violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.
The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions.