[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Mine Hill by Ord. No. 73-58 (Ch. IV, Sec. 4-3, of the 1986 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain, operate or conduct a junk shop or junkyard in or upon premises located in the Township, and no junk, as hereinafter described, shall be purchased, sold, stored, repaired, renovated, or restored within the Township by any person without first having obtained a license therefor from the Township Council as herein provided.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes rags, scrap iron, shavings, borings, old rope, old iron, brass, copper, tin, lead and other old materials, unregistered automobiles which are unfit for reconditioning for sale for highway transportation, used parts of motor vehicles, old bottles, glass, tinware, lumber or other secondhand articles or used materials and merchandise, and such other articles or things as commonly come within the classification of junk.
Every applicant for a license to engage in this business shall file with the Township Clerk a written application signed by the applicant or applicants, which application shall state:
The name and residence of the applicant, and, if a firm or corporation, the name and address of the officers and the registered agent or partners.
The length of time that the applicant or applicants (or if the applicant is a firm or corporation, the length of time that the manager or the person in charge) have been a resident of the Township, if such is the case, his or their place of previous employment, and, if the applicant or applicants have been convicted of a crime, when, what offense, and in what court.
A detailed description of the nature of the business to be conducted.
Each application shall contain an agreement that the applicant accepts the license to be granted upon the conditions that it may be suspended or revoked for cause at any time by the Township Council.
The Township Council may restrict the number of such licensed premises within the Township and may impose such reasonable regulations and rules with regard to this business as to be conducted not contrary to law, as the Township Council may deem necessary and proper for the preservation of public health, safety and welfare of the Township and its inhabitants, and as may be necessary to carry into effect the powers and duties conferred and imposed upon the Township by law.
If the applicant is not the owner of the site where the business is to be conducted, the owner's consent to the conduct of this business shall be endorsed on the application.
The license shall authorize the licensee to conduct the business at the place specified in the license and shall not be transferable to another location, nor assignable or transferable in any manner.
[Amended by Ord. No. 245-80]
Each lot, or any part thereof, used for any of the business hereinabove set forth shall be enclosed within a board fence, not less than six feet nor more than 10 feet in height from the ground, and so constructed that no dust or other materials may pass through. Such enclosure shall be maintained in good condition at all times, and no article shall be piled as to protrude above the enclosure. The fence shall be painted as shall be directed by the Township Council and shall not be used for advertising purposes except to the extent authorized by the Township Council.
No licensee hereunder shall purchase any goods, articles, or merchandise or motor vehicles from any person under the age of 18 years.
Any licensee or his agent who shall receive or be in possession of any goods, articles, or things which may have been stolen or lost or alleged or supposed to have been stolen or lost shall forthwith, upon demand to view the same, present the same to any member of the Division of Police, Department of Public Safety or any other officer or representative of the Township.
All licensed premises shall be subject to inspection at all times by the members of the Division of Police, Department of Public Safety and other representatives of the Township.
No goods, articles, merchandise or motor vehicles shall be placed by the licensee on the sidewalks or any part thereof, nor shall the licensee use the street or any part thereof for the storage, repair or sale of goods, articles, merchandise or motor vehicles.
All contents of each of such licensed premises shall be arranged in an orderly manner, with all similar things located together, so as to facilitate inspection by the proper authorities.
No licensee or his agent shall knowingly buy, sell, receive, dispose of, conceal or have in his possession any motor vehicle from which the manufacturer's serial number or any other number or identification mark has been removed, defaced, altered, covered or destroyed for the purpose of concealing the identity of such vehicle.
The licensee and any person employed by him to whom is offered for sale any motor vehicle part or accessory from which has been removed, defaced, covered, altered, or destroyed the manufacturer's serial number, or any other identification, shall immediately notify Police Headquarters.
No licensee shall burn any goods, wares or merchandise upon the licensed premises; provided, however, that this shall not prohibit the use of acetylene torches in reconditioning or salvaging any old motor vehicles or parts thereof.
[Amended 3-5-2015 by Ord. No. 05-15]
The annual license fee to be paid for a junk dealer license shall be as set forth in Chapter 235, Fees, and all licenses issued hereunder shall terminate on June 30 of each year. There shall be no proration of fees for licenses issued after June 30.
Wherever the owner of any motor vehicle junkyard has obtained a permit from the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in accordance with Chapter 55 of the Public Laws of 1930, and the amendments and supplements thereto, and the Township Council has approved of the granting of such license, the annual license fee to be paid to the Township shall be as set forth in Chapter 235, Fees, expiring on December 31 in the year in which issued.
Each holder of a license herein authorized shall at all times keep the license posted while in force in a conspicuous place on the premises described in the application for such license.
The licensee, by accepting a license hereunder, agrees to comply with all the terms and conditions set forth in this chapter.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be liable to the penalty as established in § 1-3, General penalty, of the Code of the Township of Mine Hill.