St. Charles County, MO
 
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Editor’s Note: In this Chapter the words "Sheriff’s deputy" are changed to "police officer" pursuant to the St. Charles County Charter Article IV, Sections 4.250 and 4.1300, as amended in 2012 and effective 1-1-2015, and St. Charles County Ord. No. 15-012, Section 2, adopted 1-26-2015.
[Ord. No. 04-177 §1, 10-27-2004]
A. 
In addition to the requirements of the Property Maintenance Code of St. Charles County, Section 500.050 OSCCMo., the following general operating requirements shall apply to all businesses not within the agricultural zoning district which store their inventory outdoors when such inventory consists of reclaimed, junked, salvaged, scrapped or otherwise previously used inventory, except business offering automobiles or other licensable vehicles, habitable mobile homes or working farm implements for sale:
1. 
The business, together with all things kept therein, shall at all times be maintained in a sanitary condition.
2. 
No water shall be allowed to stand in any place or in or on any article kept on the premises in such manner as to afford a breeding place for mosquitoes.
3. 
No item stored outside shall be allowed to rest upon or protrude over any public street, walkway or curb or become scattered or blown off the business premises.
4. 
Inventory shall be stored in piles not exceeding ten (10) feet in height and shall be arranged so as to permit easy access to all such inventory for firefighting purposes.
5. 
No combustible material of any kind not necessary or beneficial to the business shall be kept on the premises; nor shall the premises be allowed to become a fire hazard.
6. 
The area on the premises where inventory is kept (other than indoors) shall be enclosed, except for entrances and exits, with a solid brick or masonry vertical wall or a vinyl or wood fence of a minimum height of ten (10) feet, measured from the ground level. Entrances and exits shall not be wider nor more numerous than reasonably necessary for the conduct of the business; provided. Exceptions to this Subsection are as follows:
a. 
Existing fences that are solid and screen material subject to Chapter 224 that is stacked no higher than the existing fence will be permitted.
b. 
Any use subject to Chapter 224 that has complied with screening requirements of a conditional use permit (CUP) issued pursuant to the Unified Development Ordinance of St. Charles County may be authorized as a non-conforming use pursuant to that ordinance.
c. 
Any use subject to Chapter 224 which requires a CUP shall provide a solid screen as defined in the conditions for a CUP, or if no reference is made to screening, then adherence to Chapter 224 will be required.
d. 
Uses subject to Chapter 224 that are within an area designated as a floodway shall provide, in lieu of a solid fence, a landscaped screen consisting of shrubs and trees which will achieve a substantially solid eight (8) foot barrier within two (2) years from the date of planting.
7. 
The business shall permit inspection of the business premises by the Director of Building and Code Enforcement or his representative or any police officer.
[Ord. No. 16-054 §11, 7-25-2016]
8. 
No inventory shall be allowed to become a nuisance; nor shall any business storing outdoor inventory be operated in such a manner as to become injurious or detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the community or of any residents close by.
9. 
Notwithstanding anything set out above, businesses selling automobiles or other vehicles for scrap are included in this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 04-177 §1, 10-27-2004]
A. 
The Board of Zoning Adjustment shall have the authority to approve an alternative to the use of a fence as required by this nuisance ordinance where the applicant to the Board can make a showing that an alternative visual screening and physical containment system can be adopted which will fulfill the purpose of the fencing, including visual screening of the area to avoid blight. However, in any event the material screening the area from view shall be at least as high as the material it screens from view.
B. 
The Board of Adjustment shall also have the authority to approve a reduction in the height of the fence as required by this nuisance ordinance. In cases where the applicant can make a showing that fencing is not necessary to screen the material from view and seeks a reduction in fence height, the Board of Zoning Adjustment may allow reduction of the fence height or berming plus fencing of less than ten (10) feet in height, but in no event shall the fencing be less than six (6) feet in height, nor shall such fencing be at less than the height of the material it fences and screens from view.
C. 
Appeals from the decision of the Board shall be in the manner provided for all other decisions of the Board of Zoning Adjustment.
[Ord. No. 04-177 §1, 10-27-2004]
The owner or general agent of any such land, building, structure or premises where a violation of these provisions has been committed or shall exist, or the lessee or tenant of any entire building or entire premises where such violation has been committed or shall exist, or the owner, general agent, lessee or tenant of any part of the building or premises in which the violation has been committed or shall exist, or the owner, general agent or any other person who knowingly commits, takes part or assists in such violation or who maintains any building or premises in which any such violation shall exist shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) per day or six (6) months' imprisonment, or both. Each and every day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. No. 04-177 §1, 10-27-2004]
All existing businesses subject to Section 224.010 that are non-conforming to the screening requirements therein at Section 224.010(6) shall comply with those screening requirements within sixty (60) days from the effective date of this Chapter or such uses shall be discontinued except as provided in Section 224.010(6)(b).