[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Glens Falls as Ch. 59 of the 1967 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No gasoline service station or gasoline tank or gasoline pump, including a gasoline tank or gasoline pump to be used exclusively for private purposes, shall be operated or installed within the limits of the City of Glens Falls without a permit therefor issued by the City Clerk. Such permit shall be renewed annually on the first day of January. Said permit shall be revocable for good cause at any time by the Common Council of the City of Glens Falls.
No such permit shall be issued by the City Clerk until he shall be so directed by a resolution duly adopted by the Common Council. All persons, firms or corporations desiring such a permit shall make written application therefor to the Common Council, specifying the proposed location of such gasoline stations, gasoline tanks and gasoline pumps, the size and capacity thereof, the name of the owner of the property upon which such stations, tanks and pumps will be located, and such other information as may be required by the Common Council.
The Common Council may refuse to grant such application if it deems such refusal to be for the general welfare or public safety or convenience.
In the event that application is made for a permit to operate a gasoline service station, no permit shall be granted until the Common Council has approved the architecture, design and size of the proposed station, and no permit shall be granted unless said service station shall be equipped with separate comfort stations for each sex.
The owners of all gasoline service stations now being maintained and operated in the City of Glens Falls which are not now equipped with comfort stations shall cause the same to be installed within 90 days of the passage of this chapter and shall provide a separate comfort station for each sex.
Any permit granted shall be subject to the following regulations:
The area for use by motor vehicles, except access drives thereto, as well as any structure, shall not encroach on any required yard area.
No fuel pump shall be located closer than 20 feet to any side lot line nor closer than 20 feet to any street line, measured from the outside edge of the fuel island.
No access drives shall be within 200 feet of and on the same side of a street as a school, public library, theater, church or other public gathering place, park, playground or fire station, unless a street 50 feet or more wide lies between such service station and such building or use.
All major repair work and servicing shall be done within a completely enclosed building. Such repair work shall include any body repair work or spray painting. No unregistered vehicle may be parked on the property.
[Amended 12-18-1997 by L.L. No. 8-1997]
All such service stations, pumps and tanks must be installed in a manner satisfactory to the City Building Inspector and fully meeting all State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code requirements.
[Amended 3-22-1983; 12-7-1995; 12-18-1997 by L.L. No. 8-1997; 11-8-2011 by L.L. No. 8-2011]
No gas station permit shall be granted until there shall be paid a fee of $125 therefor. Such fee shall be an annual charge to be paid in advance to the City Clerk on the first day of January in each year. Existing gasoline service stations shall apply for a permit and commence annual yearly payments of $125 on and after January 1, 2012. However, in the case of a gasoline pump and tank to be used exclusively for private purposes, a fee of $125 per annum for each such pump shall be paid in advance to the City Clerk on the first day of January in each year. Owners of existing private gasoline pumps shall apply for a permit and commence annual payments of $125 for each pump on and after the first day of January 2012.
Every owner, occupant or lessee of any premises used as a gasoline service station shall so treat, prepare and maintain the surface of the grounds as to prevent dust from being blown from such premises. Said premises shall be kept clean and inoffensive at all times. No rubbish, discarded or used material or articles shall be permitted to accumulate thereon. Said premises shall not be used for automobile wrecking. Said premises may be used to make major automobile repairs only if said work is performed inside of a building used as a public garage which forms a part of the premises.
No vehicles shall be parked on any gasoline station premises so as to restrict or block visibility of motorists approaching said gasoline station along any adjacent streets.
Gasoline station owners, operators or lessees shall not permit or cause the piling of snow, ice or other materials to such a height during the winter months as to block visibility of motorists approaching the premises from any adjacent streets.
Every owner, occupant or lessee of any premises used as a gasoline service station shall not permit or cause any noise, racing of motors, testing of engines or any other activity which produces a noise offensive to any adjoining property owners.
In the event of the discontinuance of a business for which a permit has been issued pursuant to this chapter, the licensee shall notify the Building Inspector of his intention to discontinue such business at least 24 hours before the time such discontinuance takes effect.
Underground gasoline tanks or underground tanks which have contained flammable liquids and which are to be discontinued from service are to be removed from the site. In lieu thereof and if sufficient justification exists, said tanks may be filled with sand or concrete.
[Amended 12-18-1997 by L.L. No. 8-1997]
Any person; persons or corporation who violates the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both.