CHAPTER 124 – Junk Yards



124.01 Definitions 124.07 Maintenance of Junk Yard
124.02 Permit Required 124.08 Storage of Junk
124.03 Application for Permit 124.09 Junked Cars
124.04 Permit Fee 124.10 Dismantling of Junked Cars or Articles
124.05 Issuance of Permit 124.11 Burning of Junked Cars or Articles
124.06 Revocation of Permit 124.12 Violation; Repeating Offenses

124.01    DEFINITIONS. The following are definitions of words used in this chapter.

  1. “Junk” means any material or article having lost its value for the original purpose for which it was created or manufactured and which has a value only for the salvage of its material or parts.

  2. “Junked automobile” means any automobile not capable of being driven from the place of its location under its own power without the addition of parts or repairs thereon; and in addition, any automobile not equipped with four inflated tires.

124.02    PERMIT REQUIRED. It is unlawful for any person to operate or maintain a junk yard or engage in the business of dealing in junk within the City limits without having obtained a permit from the City to so engage in the business of dealing in junk or to operate or to maintain a junk yard.

124.03    APPLICATION FOR PERMIT. Application for a permit to conduct a business described in Section 124.02 shall be in writing, setting out the true names of the owners of said business, the exact description of the premises upon which the applicant intends to conduct the business, the nature and kinds of materials and junk which will be bought, sold and/or stored. The application shall be accompanied by a deposit of the amount of required permit fee. A statement that the applicant will abide by and conduct the business according to the ordinances of the City shall also be required.

124.04    PERMIT FEE. The annual permit fee to operate a business described in Section 124.02 hereof is ten dollars ($10.00), and all permits shall expire on December 31 following the date of issuance, unless revoked in the manner hereinafter provided; and all fees collected under the terms of this chapter shall be allocated into the General Fund of the City. Any permit issued for part of the year shall be computed on a quarterly basis.

124.05    ISSUANCE OF PERMIT. The application for permit shall be promptly considered, and the Council shall determine within twenty (20) days after filing thereof with the Clerk whether the said application is approved. If approved, a permit shall be issued forthwith by the Clerk.

124.06    REVOCATION OF PERMIT. The Council may revoke any permit issued under this chapter when the permit holder is convicted of three or more violations, within one year from the date of issuance of said permit, of any of the regulations set out in this chapter. Said permit may be revoked only by a two-thirds vote of the Council at any regular or special meeting thereof, provided the holder of said permit has been notified by written notice of the time and place of the hearing concerning said revocation by the Council, at least five (5) days prior to the date of said hearing.

124.07    MAINTENANCE OF JUNK YARD. Any person engaged in operating or maintaining a junk yard within the limits of the City shall conceal said salvage yard in a manner as approved by the Council.

124.08    STORAGE OF JUNK. It is unlawful for any person engaged in the business of maintaining or operating a junk yard in the City to allow, establish or maintain an accumulation of old iron, tin, fencing, wire, scrap metal, rubber tires, rags, papers, or other junk without complying with Section 124.07 hereof.

124.09    JUNKED CARS. It is unlawful for any person engaged in maintaining a junk yard in the City to place, park, store, maintain or leave any wrecked, junked or dismantled or abandoned automobiles on any street of the City or upon any parking along said streets or upon any private or railroad property or pieces of land outside the enclosure described in Section 124.07 of this chapter.

124.10    DISMANTLING OF JUNKED CARS OR ARTICLES. It is unlawful for any person engaged in the junk business in the City to engage in the dismantling, wrecking or breaking up of any automobile, piece of machinery or articles without complying with Section 124.07.

124.11    BURNING OF JUNKED CARS OR ARTICLES. It is unlawful for any person, whether engaged in the junk business in the City or otherwise, to burn any automobile, piece of machinery or junk, as herein described or defined, within the corporate limits of the City unless special permission is granted by the Council.

124.12    VIOLATIONS; REPEATING OFFENSES. Each separate day that a violation of any provision of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense. The continued maintenance of any junk or junk materials or cars which constitute the basis of a conviction shall constitute a nuisance and may be abated as provided in Chapter 50 of this Code of Ordinances.