[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bridgeton 11-4-1970 as Sec. 5-6 of the 1970 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- An area, covered or uncovered, used for the purpose of buying, selling, exchanging or storing old or secondhand metals, bottles, glassware, tinware, paper, lumber, plumbing fixtures, dismantled or inoperable automobiles, or any other thing which is no longer used or usable for its intended purpose, but which may have value because of the parts or materials it contains.
No person shall operate a junkyard in the City without having first obtained a license from the Clerk and paid the required license fee.
In addition to the information required by § 200-2 of this Code, the application for a license under this chapter shall be accompanied by a plot plan in triplicate and drawn to scale showing the dimensions of the premises, the location of all fences and screening and any other information which may appropriately be required for the effective enforcement of this chapter.
No license shall in any event be issued unless the applicant has obtained a certificate of occupancy of the location to be used therefor.
In addition to the investigation provided for by § 200-3, the Division of Housing and Code Enforcement, its agents or employees, shall inspect the premises for which a license is desired to determine whether it complies with the provisions of this chapter. The Director of the Division shall report the results of his investigation to the Clerk. No license shall be issued unless the report is favorable.
Each licensed place or premises shall at all times be entirely surrounded or fenced by a fence extending from the ground to a height not greater than seven feet. The fence shall not be used for advertising purposes either by the operator of the business or by any other person, except that there may be affixed to the fence a sign not larger than 60 inches by 20 inches setting forth the name of the business.
Adequate precautions shall be taken in every junkyard to prevent fire from breaking out or spreading. In particular, no explosive or extremely inflammable material shall be stored in a junkyard.
No material shall be treated, separated or prepared by burning the same by means of fire unless such burning shall be by a mechanically controlled method approved by the Chief of the Fire Department; provided, however, that the Chief of the Fire Department may from time to time grant special permits to allow burning by fire without any mechanical control thereof at such places and times and with such precautions as may be deemed safe to life and property in the neighborhood.
Junk shall be stored and stacked so as to permit customers of the junkyard and other persons to move about easily and without risking injury.
No material shall be stored or deposited on any licensed premises to a height greater than the height of the fence required to be constructed around such premises.
It shall be unlawful to hammer or pound any metals or other materials on the premises between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m on weekdays, or at any time on Sundays.
No automobiles, parts thereof or other junk or material shall be stacked, placed or kept within 20 feet of the inside sidewalk line of any street.
It shall be unlawful for any licensee to permit any of the materials 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.
No operator of a junkyard shall permit rodents or conditions likely to attract rodents, or any other unhealthy or unsanitary condition, to exist on the premises.
The licensed place or premises shall at all times comply with all necessary police or fire regulations imposed by the Police and Fire Departments of the City in order to prevent conflagration and the storage and disposition of stolen property. The business and the place and premises where conducted shall be subject to reasonable inspection by police authorities, fire authorities and the Division of Housing and Code Enforcement of the City. It shall be the duty of the Chief of the Fire Department and the Chief of the Police Department to immediately report, in writing, to the Mayor and Council any violation of any regulation imposed by their respective departments. The Division of Housing and Code Enforcement shall determine if there is a violation of other local or state regulations. The report shall set out the specific regulation violated and the nature of the violation.