[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Pittsgrove 3-25-1959. Amendments noted where applicable.]
From and after the passage of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to maintain, operate or conduct a junk shop or junkyard in or upon which junk as hereinafter described shall be purchased, sold, stored, repaired, renovated or restored, within the Township of Pittsgrove, without first having obtained a license for such purpose, as hereinafter provided.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions are hereby established:
- 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, lumber, paper, discarded machinery or parts thereof and any other secondhand articles or used materials and merchandise and such other articles or things as commonly come within the classification of junk. This definition shall not include any building containing not more than one short ton of junk.
Any person, firm, association, partnership or corporation desiring to obtain a license as herein required 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, association, partnership or corporation, the name and address of the officers and the registered agent or partners.
The detailed nature of the business to be conducted and the classes of material which it is proposed to store therein, the premises at which it is proposed to establish the business, including a full description of such premises, and whether the applicant owns the premises or leases them.
Each application shall contain the agreement that the applicant accepts the license to be granted upon the condition that it may be suspended or revoked for cause, at any time, by the Township Committee. Any license issued pursuant to this ordinance may be revoked or suspended for cause by the Township Committee.
After the passage of this chapter, the number of junkyards to be licensed in the Township of Pittsgrove shall not be more than five. The Township Committee may impose such reasonable regulations and rules with regard to said business so to be conducted, not contrary to law, as the Township Committee may deem necessary and proper for the preservation of public health, safety and welfare of the Township of Pittsgrove 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 conducting of said business shall be endorsed on said application.
The license shall authorize the licensee to conduct said business at the place specified in the license and shall not be transferable to another location nor assignable or transferable in any manner.
Before any application for a license to conduct said business shall be accepted by the Township Clerk, there shall be presented to him at the time of the making of said application a paid tax bill by the Tax Collector of the Township of Pittsgrove, indicating that said applicant has paid all personal property taxes due from such applicant for the chattels on the licensed premises, for the year preceding the year for which the new license is sought.
The Township Committee shall issue all licenses under this chapter, and they shall be good and valid from the date of issue until December 31 next after granting the same.
All persons, firms, or corporations, receiving such license or licenses shall pay to the Township of Pittsgrove an annual fee as required in Chapter A120, Fees, for each license issued.
Every person, firm, partnership or corporation to whom such license may be issued shall, when engaging in business within the Township of Pittsgrove, be in possession of such license and is hereby required to have such license on exhibition at all times.
The junkyard shall be located at least 75 feet back from any county or Township road in said Township.
Any places of business already in existence shall comply with the provisions of this chapter on or before January 1, 1960, and shall be licensed from and after said date.
Any licensee or the person in charge of any licensed premises who shall receive or be in possession of any goods, articles or things which may have been stolen or lost or alleged or specified to have been stolen or lost shall forthwith, upon demand to view the same, present the same to the police or any other officer or representative of the Township.
It shall be unlawful for any licensee to stack, pile or place any of the aforesaid secondhand materials upon the licensed premises in such a manner as to create a fire hazard or as to create a place for the harboring or breeding of rats, mice or vermin.
[Amended 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-3]
Such premises shall be maintained only so long as the same shall be fenced on all sides by a fence of at least eight feet in height and so constructed that the business shall not be visible from the exterior and shall be painted white, dark green, gray or silver, and may be galvanized fencing, so long that it complies with the other requirements in this chapter.
Any member of the Township Committee or the Board of Health shall have the right at any and all reasonable times to inspect any or all parts of the licensed premises.
[Amended 12-14-1983; 9-13-2005 by Ord. No. 9-2005; 3-14-2006 by Ord. No. 4-2006]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provisions of this chapter shall be subject, upon conviction, to one or more of the following: imprisonment in the county jail for any term not exceeding 90 days; or by a fine of no less than $100 and not more than $2,000; or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.