[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Township Council) of the Township of Hillside 12-21-1971 as Ch. VII, Sec. 7-3, of the 1971 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Old or secondhand metal, bottles, glassware, tinware, papers, lumber, plumbing fixtures, dismantled or inoperable automobiles, dismantled or inoperable machinery or any other thing which is no longer used or usable for its intended purpose but which has value because of the parts or materials it contains.
- Any place where junk is collected or stored, regardless of whether the place is covered or uncovered and regardless of whether it is located within any building or structure.
No person shall operate a junkyard within the Township without first obtaining a license to do so. The fee for a license under this chapter shall be $100 per year, and a separate license shall be required for each location at which the licensee conducts business.
In addition to the information required in Chapter 203, Licenses, an application for a license under this chapter shall be accompanied by the following:
A plot plan, in triplicate, 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.
If the applicant is not the owner of the property on which the proposed junkyard will be conducted, the consent of the owner of the property for the use of the premises as a junkyard.
In addition to the investigation provided for in Chapter 203, Licenses, the Construction Official shall inspect the premises for which the license is desired to determine whether it complies with the provisions of this chapter. He shall report the results of his investigation to the Clerk. No license shall be issued unless the Construction Official's report is favorable.
Upon receiving the reports of the Police Chief and the Construction Official, the Clerk shall transmit them, together with the information contained in the application, to the Township Council, who shall approve or disapprove the application within a reasonable time. Upon approval of the application by the Township Council, the Clerk shall issue the license upon payment of the required license fee.
Every person licensed under this chapter shall comply with the following regulations:
Adequate precaution shall be taken in every junkyard to prevent fire from breaking out or spreading. No junk shall be stored within 15 feet of any frame building or within 10 feet of any fireproof building, and no explosives or extremely flammable materials shall be stored in a junkyard.
The burning of junk or refuse material in the open air is prohibited.
Junk shall be stored in a manner that will permit customers of the junkyard and other persons to move about easily and without risking injury. No junk shall be stored in such a manner that it may be easily dislodged or caused to fall.
No licensee shall permit rodents, vermin, insects or conditions likely to attract them or any other unhealthy or unsanitary condition to exist on the licensed premises.
No junk shall be purchased from any person under the age of 18 years.
No licensee or agent or employee of a licensee shall purchase or have in his possession any motor vehicle or part of a motor vehicle from which the manufacturer's serial number or any other number or identification mark has been removed, altered, concealed or destroyed. Any licensee or agent or employee of a licensee to whom such a motor vehicle or part is offered shall immediately report that fact to the Police Department.
All licensed premises shall be open to inspection at any reasonable time by the Construction Official or by any member of the Police Department for the purpose of ascertaining whether the provisions of this chapter are being complied with, as well as to determine whether the licensee has in his possession any articles alleged to have been lost or stolen.
All junkyards shall be enclosed by a solid wall or fence at least eight feet in height and so constructed that the interior of the junkyard will not be visible from a public street. The wall or fence shall be painted white, dark green or some similar color and shall be kept in good repair. It shall contain no more than two entrances or exits, each not less than 15 feet nor more than 20 feet wide. In place of a wall or fence, a junkyard may be enclosed by a planting of dense evergreen screening. In that case, the junkyard shall also be enclosed by a "cyclone" or similar type of chain link fence erected inside the screening and sufficient to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining entrance.