[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack 4-16-1956 as Ord. No. 607; amended and revised 10-5-1959 (Ord. No. 717) as Ch. 3, Article X, of the 1959 Revised Ordinances. Sections 104-1, 104-3 and 104-10 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Article I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm or corporation shall conduct or carry on the business of automobile or motor vehicle junkyards, metal scrap yards, paper and rag yards, paper and/or rag stockyards, secondhand building material yards, wrecker's yards, junkyards, junk businesses or the storage or deposit of secondhand materials or waste of any kind or character without first obtaining from the Building, Housing and Land Use Department a permit therefor pursuant to and in conformity with the terms and conditions of this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AUTOMOBILE OR MOTOR VEHICLE JUNKYARD
- Any place of storage or deposit wherein or whereat there are the equivalent of two or more unregistered motor vehicles which are in the process of being dismantled or are unfit for reconditioning or use for highway transportation, or where there are stored or deposited used parts or materials of motor vehicles which shall be equivalent in bulk to at least two or more motor vehicles.
- JUNK SHOP
- A place in which is conducted the business of purchasing, selling or storing junk, old metals, rubber, paper, rags, rope, bags or empty used bottles in large or small quantities.
- An area of land, with or without buildings, used for or occupied by the deposit, collection or storage, outside of a completely enclosed building, of used and discarded materials, such as wastepaper, rags or sheet metal, used building materials, house furnishings, machinery, vehicles or parts thereof, etc., with or without the dismantling, processing, salvage, sale, use or disposition of the same. The deposit or the storage on a lot of two or more wrecked or broken down vehicles or parts of two or more such vehicles for one month or more shall be deemed a "junkyard."
Applications. Permits shall be applied for by the filing of a written application with the Building, Housing and Land Use Department in conformity with the provisions of Chapter 107, Licenses and Permits. Said application shall set forth the information required in § 107-6B and, in addition, shall state the owner of the premises and the total area of the ground space involved and be accompanied by a detailed diagram of the premises, showing the manner in which said business is to be operated.
Issuance. Permits required by this chapter shall be issued by the Building, Housing and Land Use Department.
Fees. There shall be charged and collected annually for each permit issued under this chapter a fee as set forth in Chapter 107, Licenses and Permits. Said fee shall be payable in advance for each year or part thereof and is hereby expressly declared to be imposed for revenue purposes.
Duration. Permits issued under this chapter shall expire on December 31 of each year.
No person, firm or corporation shall carry on or conduct any business specified in § 104-1 above unless said business is conducted or carried on within a structure entirely walled and roofed or unless that portion of the premises upon which said business is conducted or carried on is at all times entirely surrounded by a wall constructed as provided in Subsection C below.
In all cases where existing businesses or structures within the scope and intent of this chapter are, on the effective date of this chapter, surrounded by a fence or wall of fireproof construction, the owners of said businesses or structures shall be and are hereby exempted from complying with the terms, conditions and provisions of Subsection C below until such time as said fence or wall is more than 50% deteriorated, destroyed or damaged, and then and in that event repairs and construction or reconstruction thereof shall forthwith proceed in full compliance with the terms, conditions and provisions of said Subsection C.
Walls required by Subsection A above shall be of cinderblock, concrete, sheet metal as specified by the Building Inspector, brick or stone construction, with the exterior surface thereof finished in a good and workmanlike manner and said exterior surface painted a dark color at least once every five years. Such wall shall extend from the ground to a height not greater than 12 feet nor less than six feet.
No secondhand material, wrecks, junk automobiles, company cars, company trucks, company wreckers or junk or other similar material shall be stored or placed outside the area enclosed by the wall required by § 104-4 of this chapter between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., prevailing time, or on Sundays or legal holidays. However, currently licensed company cars and currently licensed company trucks may be parked in a lawful manner outside of said wall on permittee's property in a manner so as not to create a nuisance or interfere with the health or welfare of the public; and nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the loading and unloading expeditiously of such vehicles at any time.
No secondhand material, wrecks, junk automobiles, company cars, company trucks, company wreckers or junk or other similar material shall be stored or deposited upon any premises for which a permit is granted under this chapter to a height greater than the height of the wall required to be constructed around such premises by § 104-4C of this chapter.
[Added 8-20-1962 by Ord. No. 773]
All areas designed for the parking of company cars and trucks, wherever situate, and all parking areas designed for use by customers and situated forward of the enclosed fence or building and between such fence or building and the street, shall be paved with a permanent hard-surface material.
No materials shall be treated, separated or prepared by burning the same by means of fire in or around any premises for which a permit is granted under this chapter unless such burning shall be by a mechanically controlled method approved by the Chief of the Fire Department and limited to days and hours other than Sunday, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., prevailing time; provided, however, that the Chief of the Fire Department may, from time to time, grant special permits to allow burning by fire without any mechanical control thereof at such places and times and with such precaution as reasonably necessary to provide safety to life and property in the neighborhood.
Where any business permitted under this chapter is conducted or carried on in an enclosed structure, no less than two exits shall be provided for each story of such structure.
Storage of rags, paper, bagging or any combustible fiber upon a floor shall not exceed in weight 1/3 of the safe baling capacity of the floor area, as certified by the Building Inspector, nor cover, when baled, more than 2/3 of the floor area. Such material shall not be piled to a height greater than 2/3 of the distance from the floor to the ceiling. A three-foot aisle must be maintained on all sides of such storage space and also to all exits and elevators. Storage shall be kept at least three feet from all windows. Exit signs shall be placed at all exits.
At least two or more two-and-one-half-gallon fire extinguishers shall be hung on the wall of each story. Such other fire extinguishing or fire prevention devices shall be installed as may be directed by the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention, including an automatic sprinkler system.
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Chief of the Fire Department and the Building, Housing and Land Use Department, jointly.