[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Fredon 6-28-1955 (Sec. 4-3 of the 1972 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall keep, maintain or operate what are commonly known as junkyards or used car lots for the purpose of purchasing, selling or storing old junk, rope, iron, brass, copper, tin, lead or other materials, used auto cars, any abandoned or unusable vehicles, used lumber, old bottles and materials of similar nature, without obtaining a license therefor in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
All persons now or hereafter engaged in the business of junk dealer or used car dealer shall make application to the Township Clerk. The application shall be in writing and shall set forth the name of the person and his address or principal place of business and describe the premises upon which the business is to be conducted, giving the street frontage and approximate depth of the premises. The application shall be accompanied by the required license fee. The Township Clerk shall present the application to the Township Committee at its next meeting and issue a license to such person on the approval of the same by the Township Committee. All licenses shall expire on December 31 of the year of issuance. All persons, upon the expiration of any license granted hereunder, shall make application to the Township Clerk for renewal of the license and shall pay for the license the same fee as herein set forth.
All persons receiving such license shall pay to the Township an annual license fee of $500, provided that no license shall be issued without the written approval of the Township Committee and provided further that a license may be revoked at the option of the Township Committee for good cause on complaint after due notice and a hearing.
No license issued shall entitle the licensee to operate any other lot, building or location than that which is specified in the license.
No licensee shall in the line of his business receive any article or thing by way of pledge or pawn, nor shall be advance any sum of money on the security of any article or thing.
No licensee shall purchase any goods, articles or other things whatsoever from any person under the age of 16 years.
Every licensee who receives or is in possession of any goods, articles or things, which are lost or stolen, shall forthwith on demand to view the same present them to the Township Committee or to the police authorities of the Township.
No junk, old rope, old iron, brass, copper, tin, lead or other metal, rags, old bottles, used lumber and materials of similar nature shall be kept on any sidewalk in the Township or in front of the place of business conducted by the licensee as a junkyard or used car lot.
The make, model, engine number and serial number of all motor vehicles received by any person engaged in the business of motor vehicle junk dealer shall be reported to the Township Clerk within 24 hours after the receipt thereof and before the same are dismantled or otherwise disposed of.
All gasoline, fuel or other explosive material shall be drained and removed from any motor vehicle within 24 hours after it is received on any premises located in the Township. Such gasoline, fuel or other explosive material shall either be removed from the premises or kept in a leakproof tank buried on the premises to a sufficient depth so that the top of the tank is not nearer to the surrounding ground level than 2 1/2 feet. The tank, together with the filling parts and vents, shall not be placed nearer to any building located on the premises or upon any adjacent premises than 20 feet and shall be kept back from the curbline of the street in front of or adjacent to the premises a distance of 50 feet.
All flammable material removed from the motor vehicle and not removed from the premises shall be kept or placed in a fireproof building or room or as hereinabove provided.
It shall be unlawful to stack, pile or place parts of motor vehicles upon any premises in such a manner as to create a fire hazard or a place for the harboring or breeding of rats, mice or vermin.
Upon the issuance of any license under the provisions of this chapter, the Township Clerk shall turn over the license fee to the Township Treasurer.
The Health Officer designated by the Board of Health shall during business hours make reasonable periodic and effective inspection of all the premises and buildings for the purpose of ascertaining that the business is being conducted on the licensed premises in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
All licenses under this chapter shall be subject to such reasonable rules as may be made from time to time by the Township Committee for the purpose of operation and regulation of the places of business named in the license.