[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Shamong 6-1-1954 by Ord. No. 13. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A place, location, yard, covered or uncovered, or place in the Township of Shamong kept, maintained or used for the purpose of buying and selling, exchanging or storing rags, old metals, old bottles, old glassware, old plumbing fixtures, old lumber, unregistered motor vehicles unfit for reconditioning, dismantled old motor vehicles or parts thereof, used motor vehicle parts, motor vehicle junk or any other old material commonly called “junk.”
No person or persons, firm or corporation shall operate or maintain or establish a junkyard or engage in the business of keeping a junkyard within the Township of Shamong without having first applied for and obtained license so to do from the Township Committee of the Township of Shamong, in the County of Burlington.
No license shall be granted except upon written application therefor made upon forms to be obtained from the Township Clerk and unless the said junkyard shall comply with all of the provisions of this chapter and any other applicable ordinance of this municipality or laws or regulations of the State of New Jersey or any department thereof.
Each license so granted shall authorize the operation of one junkyard therein described until December 31 of the year in which it is issued and may, at any time upon five days' notice and after hearing thereon, be suspended or revoked by the Township Committee for failure to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter.
The annual fee for each license shall be $1,000, and no part thereof shall be prorated.
Each such applicant shall furnish with his application a bond with corporate surety conditioned for faithful observation of all the provisions of this chapter in the sum of $5,000.
No license shall be granted for any junkyard that is not operated within a building of concrete block or similar fireproof construction and roofed over and provided with substantial doors and secure locks.
No license shall be granted for any junkyard located within 500 feet of any dwelling or other building.
Proper precaution shall be taken to prevent rats, mice or other vermin or insects from being harbored or bred in said junkyard.
No business shall be conducted at a junkyard before 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m., and such junkyards shall be closed entirely on Sunday. During the time or times when said yards shall be closed all doors and other opening affording access thereto shall be securely locked.
Any junk or other waste matter burned in connection with any junkyard shall be burned in closed receptacles with chimneys of an adequate height so that smoke or noxious fumes or odors emanating therefrom may be dissipated without annoyance to the residents in the neighborhood. Each such chimney shall be provided with screens or other devices to prevent the escape of embers, sparks or ashes therefrom.
No junk shall be permitted to accumulate or be placed, stored or deposited in the open but shall be only stored, accumulated or placed within the building constituting the junkyard as heretofore provided.
Every person, firm or corporation licensed under this chapter shall at all times maintain the licensed premises in a safe and sightly manner with due regard to the public safety or health of persons or property in the vicinity in which the junkyard is located.
No junkyard shall occupy an area greater than 3,000 square feet.
Any and all licenses issued under this chapter shall be issued subject to such reasonable rules and regulations as may be made from time to time by the Township Committee to further effectuate the provisions hereof for the proper operation and regulation of the places of business named in such license.
[Amended 5-6-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-005]
Any person, firm, corporation, association or legal party whatsoever who or which shall violate, or authorize or procure a violation, or cause to be violated, any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalty, § 1-15, governing general penalty provisions.