Township of Hamilton, NJ
Atlantic County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton 7-3-1961 by Ord. No. 247. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Operation of businesses — See Ch. 124.
Licenses and permits — See Ch. 207.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 288.
Solid waste — See Ch. 258.

§ 199-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MOTOR VEHICLE JUNKYARD
A place where automobiles or other motor vehicles are kept and/or dismantled for the purpose of selling or offering the same for sale in parts or as junk metal or material, and, in addition, it shall include a place where automobiles or other motor vehicles are kept and/or dismantled, as storage, with or without intention of disposition by eventual sale as junk metal or material.
[Amended 6-17-1968 by Ord. No. 358]
OTHER JUNKYARD OR JUNK BUSINESS
A place where old metal of any kind, paper, glass, rags, bags or other old material of similar nature is stored, collected, bought, sold or dealt in.
PERSON
As used in this chapter, shall include partnerships and corporations. The masculine gender shall include the feminine and neuter genders, and the singular number shall include the plural number.

§ 199-2 License required; application.

No person shall establish, operate or maintain a motor vehicle junkyard or business, or any other junkyard or junk business, unless he shall first obtain a license for such yard or business from the Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton. Every applicant for a license to engage in said business shall file with the Township Clerk a written application signed by the applicant or applicants, which application shall state:
A. 
The name and address of the applicants, and if a firm or corporation, the name and address of the officers and the registered agent or partners.
B. 
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, has been a resident of the Township of Hamilton, if such is the case; his or their place of previous employment; and if the applicant or applicants have been convicted of a crime, and if so, when, what offense and in what court.
C. 
The detailed nature of the business to be conducted.
D. 
The place where the business is to be located and carried on, by metes and bounds.
E. 
A plan or survey showing the existing or proposed entrance or entrances to the premises where said business is to be conducted, and the names and addresses of all owners of real estate on both sides of the street or road for a distance of 1,000 feet on each side thereof.

§ 199-3 Removal of gasoline from certain vehicles.

Gasoline from any such motor vehicle shall be removed within one hour and securely stored.

§ 199-4 Cars or parts of cars to be stored in certain manner.

No car or part of a car shall be kept or stacked in such manner that rainwater collects or remains in any of the parts thereof for a longer period than 48 hours.

§ 199-5 Fire hazards; vermin.

It shall be unlawful to stack, pile or place parts of motor vehicles or other junk or materials upon such premises in such manner as to create a fire hazard or to create a place for the harboring or breeding of rats, mice or vermin.

§ 199-6 Distance of material from street or road.

No automobiles, parts thereof or other junk or material shall be stacked, placed or kept within 300 feet from the side of any street or road.

§ 199-7 Fences.

All yards or places where such businesses are or shall be conducted shall be enclosed by a substantial fence at least eight feet high and of a type and construction as shall be approved by the Building Inspector of the Township of Hamilton.

§ 199-8 Application required for burning on premises.

It shall be unlawful to burn any automobile or other junk or materials on said premises without application first being made to the Township Chairman, as the Director of Public Safety, who shall approve or disapprove said application, in writing, and if approved, shall designate the time for such burning, and also under his direct supervision.

§ 199-9 Hammering prohibited during certain hours.

It shall be unlawful to hammer or pound any metals or other materials on said premises between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on weekdays, or any time on Sundays.

§ 199-10 License fee; display; compliance.

A. 
The license fee for motor vehicle junkyards or any other junkyards shall be the sum of $100 annually, and shall run from January 1 to December 1, inclusive, of each year, provided that licenses for the year 1961 shall be applied for within 10 days after the final passage of this chapter and shall cover a period to December 31, 1961.
B. 
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.
C. 
The licensee, by accepting a license hereunder, agrees to comply with all the terms and conditions set forth in the ordinance, and all rules and regulations promulgated by the Township Committee.

§ 199-11 Transferability of license.

No license issued under this chapter shall be assigned or transferred without the approval of the Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton.

§ 199-12 Location specification.

No license issued hereunder shall entitle such licensee to operate thereunder at, in or on any other lot, building or location than that which is specified in said license.

§ 199-13 Additional rules; inspections.

All licensed premises shall at all times be subject to such reasonable rules as may be made from time to time by the Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton and shall be subject to inspection at all times by the Chairman, as Director of Public Safety, or any of his agents or any other duly authorized representative of the Township of Hamilton.

§ 199-14 Refunds.

There shall be no refunds to a licensee upon surrender or revocation of a license granted hereunder.

§ 199-15 New owner's junkyard license.

A. 
No new owner's junkyard licenses shall be issued in the Township of Hamilton. This limitation shall not prevent renewals or person-to-person transfers of junkyard owners' licenses issued subsequent to the effective date of this chapter.
B. 
Any junkyard license for a new license term, which is issued to replace a license which expired on the last day of the license term which immediately preceded the commencement of said new license term, or which is issued to replace a license which expired on the last day of the license term, shall be deemed to be a renewal of the expired or expiring license, provided that said license is for the same owner as the expired or expiring license, covers the same junkyard and is issued to the holder of the expired or expiring license and is issued pursuant to an application therefor which shall have been filed with the Township Clerk prior to the commencement of said new license term or not later than 30 days after the commencement thereof. Junkyard licenses issued otherwise than above herein provided shall be deemed to be new licenses.

§ 199-16 Existing junkyards and junk shops.

Any person, firm or corporation keeping, maintaining and operating a motor vehicle junkyard, junk shop or junkyard on the effective date of this chapter shall be entitled to a license as provided herein, provided that they file their application for said license within 10 days from the effective date of this chapter, pay the required license fee therefor and comply in all respects with the provisions of this chapter; nothing shall prevent the renewal annually of said licenses, provided that the provisions of this chapter have been complied with.

§ 199-17 Pawning and pledging.

No licensee hereunder shall receive in the line of his or her or its business any article or thing by way of pledge or pawn, nor shall he, she or it advance any sum of money on the security of any article or thing.

§ 199-18 Persons under 15 years.

No licensee hereunder shall purchase any goods, articles or other things whatsoever from any person under the age of 15 years.

§ 199-19 Lost and stolen property.

Every licensee hereunder who shall receive or be in possession of any goods, articles or things which may have been or are lost or stolen shall forthwith, on demand to view the same, present the same to the Township Committee or to the police authorities of the Township of Hamilton, in the County of Atlantic.

§ 199-20 Purpose.

This chapter is passed for the purpose of raising revenue and regulating the business hereinabove referred to.

§ 199-21 Violations and penalties.

Any person who, by himself or his clerk, agent or employee, shall establish, operate and maintain a motor vehicle junkyard or other junk business as herein defined without a license as required by this chapter, or who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter, or who, having had his license revoked, shall continue to establish, operate or maintain a motor vehicle junkyard or other junkyard, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail or township jail not exceeding 30 days, or both, in the discretion of the Municipal Judge before whom such person is convicted; in default in the payment of any fine imposed hereunder, such person may, in the discretion of the Municipal Judge, be imprisoned for a term not exceeding 30 days. In addition to the penalties herein provided, the license to such person violating the same shall be subject to revocation. Provided, however, that notice of such proposed revocation shall be given to said licensee and a hearing afforded to him before the Township Committee.