Township of Ocean, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Ocean by Ord. No. 1965-7 (§ 6-4 of the 1972 Ocean Codified Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Land use procedures — See Ch. 209.
Licensing — See Ch. 215.
Solid waste — See Ch. 318.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 379.
Zoning — See Ch. 410.

§ 197-1 License required.

No person shall keep and maintain a yard, space or place, covered or uncovered, in the Township for the purpose of buying, taking in trade, selling, exchanging or storing rags, metals, bottles, glassware, tinware, iceboxes, refrigerators, paper, lumber, building supplies, furniture, plumbing fixtures, unlicensed automobiles, dismantled automobiles or parts thereof, motor vehicle junk or any other old material commonly called "junk" or "salvage," without being licensed to do so by the Township Committee; provided, this shall not prohibit the storage of old material to be used by person for manufacturing purposes.

§ 197-2 Filing of application.

In addition to the requirements of § 215-2 of Chapter 215, Licensing, of the Code of the Township of Ocean, applicants shall furnish:
A. 
The street address, lot and block numbers of the Township Tax Map of premises desired to be licensed;
B. 
If the applicant is not the owner of the site where the business is to be licensed and conducted, the owner's consent to conduct the business on his land shall accompany the application;
C. 
An accurate sketch or drawing of the property desired to be licensed, showing the names and locations of all public highways adjoining the premises, the dimensions in feet of the premises, lot and block numbers on Tax Map of the premises, and names and addresses of all real property owners within 200 feet of premises sought to be licensed.

§ 197-3 Fees; notice; proof of notice.

A. 
The application shall be accompanied by cash or certified check made payable to the Township for full year's license fee, which shall be:
(1) 
A junkyard or salvage yard having 99 or less cars, $50.
(2) 
A junkyard or salvage yard having 100 or more cars, $100.
(3) 
Any junkyard or salvage yard without cars, $50.
B. 
In making an application for license or renewal, the applicant shall give written notice to all property owners within 200 feet of the proposed licensed premises of his/her intention to apply. The notice shall be served either personally or by registered mail, return receipt requested, at least 10 days before the application is filed with the Township Clerk. Written proof of such service, in affidavit form, shall accompany application for license.
C. 
If application is denied, the fee shall be returned.

§ 197-4 Transfer of license from place to place.

Transfers of license from one location to another shall be permitted when:
A. 
The new location complies with this section;
B. 
Written application has been made for the transfer, which application shall show the same general items as to applicant and premises as required for an original license;
C. 
A transfer fee of $25 has been paid to the Township.

§ 197-5 Transfer of license from person to person.

No transfer of a license from one person to another shall be made except upon written application signed by the person desiring to secure the transfer and bearing the written consent of the licensee. The application shall be accompanied by a transfer fee of $25. The proposed transferee shall qualify as an original licensee.

§ 197-6 Separate locations.

For the purposes of this section, each separate and distinct location shall be licensed, "separate" and "distinct" meaning any open-air plot of ground, yard or parcel of land consisting of part of one, or one or more lots, as set forth on the Tax Map of the Township adjacent and contiguous to each other and, if described by metes and bounds, having one continuous and uninterrupted boundary line.

§ 197-7 Inspection.

All licensed premises shall be subject to official inspection at any time by the Township Committee, as well as its agents and employees acting in an official capacity, and by any police officer or health inspector, member of the local board of health, local fire commissioners, and representatives of local fire department or local fire company desiring to make an official inspection. Where applicable, constitutional requirements relative to search warrants shall be complied with.

§ 197-8 Record.

Every licensee shall keep written record in bound form at the licensed premises containing a legible daily record of the description of all articles purchased, the name and address of the person from whom each was purchased and the price paid. The record shall be open to inspection at any reasonable time by any of the persons named in § 197-7.

§ 197-9 General regulations.

[Amended by Ord. No. 2002-28]
Each licensee shall:
A. 
Maintain the licensed premises in a safe manner and, in particular, keep the premises free of rats, weeds, brush, dry leaves, unbound or loose paper and stagnant water in such quantity as to be hazardous to the health or well-being of the general public or comfort of adjacent or nearby property owners or residents;
B. 
Maintain the licensed premises in a sightly manner with due regard to the public safety of persons and property in the vicinity in which the junkyard is located. Junk shall not be so piled or placed as to endanger any person upon the licensed premises, on adjacent property or on any public highway. The junk and debris on the licensed premises shall be so secured that it may not escape the premises or be permitted to be promiscuously blown about on licensed or other premises;
C. 
Not set or permit any outdoor fire on the licensed premises when weather, wind or atmospheric conditions make same fire hazard or danger to human life or property;
D. 
Not set or permit any outdoor fire on licensed premises in such manner as to emit smoke, gas or odors upon the property of another or the public highway, so as to endanger the health or comfort of adjacent or nearby property owners in the use and enjoyment of their property or endanger the safe and comfortable use of the public highway, or at any time in any way so as to violate the air pollution control code of the state of New Jersey;
E. 
Stack, pile or arrange the merchandise and personal property on the licensed premises in such manner that a fire truck, police car or first aid ambulance may have at least one open and unobstructed driveway to and across each licensed premises with appropriate open space for turnaround or other means of entrance and exit in all cases;
F. 
If a corporation, it shall be corporation of New Jersey or duly authorized to do business in New Jersey; have a principal office in New Jersey and a registered agent in charge thereof upon whom process of service can be made;
G. 
Where the contents of any junkyard are visible from a public highway, fence in the yard with a solid fence or screening at least six feet high between the highway, the junkyard and all adjacent lands;
H. 
Not conduct or transact business between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.;
I. 
Not purchase anything from a person under the age of 18 years, unless accompanied by his/her parent, guardian or person standing in the stead of parent or guardian;
J. 
Not make or permit excessive noise on licensed premises so as to unreasonably disturb adjacent or nearby residents in the quiet enjoyment of their properties and to be detrimental to the health and well-being of the residents in the immediate vicinity of licensed premises;
K. 
Make certain that each entrance and exit to the licensed premises is well marked as such by an appropriate sign, and permit automobiles to enter and leave licensed premises only at established entrances and exits, respectively. If new or other entrance or exit may be desired at a future time, written application must be made to Township Committee and no new entrance to or exit from licensed premises shall be permitted by licensee until approved by the Committee. The purpose of the provisions of this subsection is to prevent cars from promiscuously entering and leaving the licensed premises thus preventing interference with traffic upon the adjacent public highway and lessening the likelihood of accidents and injuries;
L. 
Precaution shall be taken by each licensee hereunder to safeguard all flammable, combustible or explosive materials on the licensed premises from fire. No licensee shall stack, pile, place or permit personal property upon the licensed premises in such manner as to create fire hazard;
M. 
No junk shall be stored or kept within 100 feet of any public road nor within 25 feet of the side or rear lines of licensed premises.

§ 197-10 Zoning compliance.

No license shall be granted for or transferred to any land, site or premises where such business is forbidden by Chapter 410, Zoning, of the Code of the Township of Ocean.

§ 197-11 Record of applicant.

No license shall be issued to or outstanding in the name of any person convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, breaking and entering, robbery or receiving stolen goods.

§ 197-12 Statutory compliance of motor vehicle junkyards.

Motor vehicle junkyards shall comply with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:11-1 et seq.