Regulated Business License

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Definitions


Regulated businesses - Businesses that generally buy, sell, or deal in regulated property including wrecking, junk, and auto salvage yards, second hand shops, and scrap metal dealers.

Regulated property - New or used automobile accessories, business machines, crafted precious metals, electronic equipment, firearms, household appliances, jewelry, motorcycle accessories, musical instruments, photographic equipment, power tools, sporting goods, and ferrous and nonferrous metals.

Restrictions


All regulated businesses must have a Regulated Business License in addition to a Certificate of Occupancy and all other required permits.

Wrecking, Junk, and Auto Salvage Yards


The following regulations shall apply to all wrecking, junk or auto salvage yard businesses in the city and it shall be unlawful to operate such businesses in any manner except in accordance with these regulations:
  • A valid Regulated Business License shall be plainly displayed on the business premises. .
  • The premises upon which a wrecking, junk or auto salvage yard business is operated shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. Salvage Vehicle Yard
  • No space not covered by this license shall be used in the wrecking, junk or auto salvage yard business.
  • No person may operate or maintain a premises covered by a license required by this section in violation of other applicable ordinances of the city.
  • No junk, parts, or salvage shall be allowed to rest upon or protrude over any public street, walkway, or curb, or become scattered or blown off the premises.
  • Vehicles shall not be stacked upon one another and shall be kept and maintained at all times in rows not exceeding two (2) vehicles in depth. Such rows shall be a minimum of twenty (20) feet apart, so as to provide accessibility for fire-fighting and other safety purposes.
  • No combustible materials of any kind not necessary to the licensed business shall be kept on the premises nor shall the premises be allowed to become a fire hazard.
  • No burning of any material shall be allowed on the premises.
  • The area of the premises where the wrecking, junk or auto salvage yard business is conducted shall be enclosed with screening that meet the standards of the city zoning ordinance.
  • Entrances and exits shall not be more numerous than reasonably necessary for the conduct of the business. All such entrances and exits shall be paved with concrete or other similar impervious material approved by the building official.
  • The license shall permit inspections of the business premises by any representative of the city at any reasonable time during normal business hours.
  • No salvage vehicle dealer licensed hereunder or his agent or employee shall purchase or receive any merchandise for use in the licensed business without written evidence of such transaction stating with a particularity the merchandise received, its serial number if available, and a brief written description. The person from whom such material is purchased shall be described by name, address, and driver’s license number or date of birth. Such written evidence of transaction shall be held available for inspection by any representative of the city for a period of at least six (6) months after said transaction.
  • No wrecking, junk or auto salvage yard business premises shall be allowed to become a nuisance, public or private, nor shall any such premises be operated in such a manner as to become injurious to the health, safety, or welfare of the community or of any residents in close proximity thereto.
  • No vehicle may be dismantled, wrecked, or parted out unless the owner or operator of said wrecking, junk or auto salvage yard business has:
    • A certificate of title;
    • A certificate of authority to demolish;
    • A police sales receipt; or
    • A transfer document issued by the state department of labor and standards or other authorized agency of the state.
  • No person operating a wrecking, junk or auto salvage yard business shall store or keep discarded vehicles or parts thereof, waste, junk, tires, or tire carcasses in stacks or piles exceeding six (6) feet in height or six hundred twenty-five (625) square feet in floor or lot area. An aisle of at least twenty (20) feet shall be maintained at all times between such vehicles and/or piles or stacks of vehicle parts, waste material, junk, tires or tire carcasses, or parts thereof.
  • Gasoline or other fuel shall be drained from fuel tanks of all inoperative vehicles or other self propelled vehicles stored or kept on the premises of a wrecking, junk or auto salvage yard business unless such vehicles are capable of being removed from the premises under their own power. Gasoline and other fuel shall be disposed of in a manner consistent with state law and ordinances.
  • No wrecking, junk or auto salvage yard business shall be operated in violation of section 391.121 of the Texas Transportation Code or of chapter 2302 and section 11116 of the Texas Occupations Code.


Metal Recycling Facilities & Secondhand Shops



The following regulations shall apply to all metal recycling facilities and secondhand shops in the city, and it shall be unlawful to operate a metal recycling facility or secondhand shop in any manner except in accordance with these regulations:

  • A valid Regulated Business License shall be plainly displayed on the business premises.
  • The premises upon which a metal recycling facility or secondhand shop is operated shall be maintained in a sanitary condition.
  • No space not covered by this license shall be used in theScrap Metal metal recycling facility or secondhand shop business.
  • No water shall be allowed to stand on the premises in such a manner as to afford a breeding place for mosquitoes.
  • If any portion of the property in which the business is located is used for the outside storage of inventory, regulated property or any other item, uncultivated grass, weeds, and brush shall be kept at a height of not more than six (6) inches.
  • If any portion of the property in which the business is located is used for the outside storage of inventory, regulated property or any other item, no garbage or other waste liable to give off a noxious odor or attract vermin shall be kept on the premises, unless such refuse is salvageable parts in use in the metal recycling facility or secondhand shop business.
  • If any portion of the property in which the business is located is used for the outside storage of inventory, regulated property or any other item, no junk, parts, or salvage shall be allowed to rest upon or protrude over any public street, walkway, or curb, or become scattered or blown off the premises.
  • No combustible materials of any kind not necessary to the licensed business shall be kept on the premises nor shall the premises be allowed to become a fire hazard.
  • No burning of any material shall be allowed on the premises.
  • If any portion of the property in which the business is located is used for the outside storage of inventory, regulated property or any other item, the area of the premises where the metal recycling facility or secondhand shop is conducted shall be enclosed with screening that meets the standards of the city zoning ordinance.
  • Entrances and exits shall not be more numerous than reasonably necessary for the conduct of the business. All such entrances and exits shall be paved with concrete or other similar impervious material approved by the building official.
  • The license shall permit inspections of the business premises by any representative of the city at any reasonable time.
  • No metal recycling facilities or secondhand shops licensed hereunder or the agent or employee of such business shall purchase or receive any merchandise for use in the licensed business without a written evidence of such transaction stating with a particularity the merchandise received, its serial number if available, and a brief written description. The person from whom such material is purchased shall be described by name, address, and driver’s license number or date of birth. Such written evidence of transaction shall be held available for inspection by any representative of the city for a period of at least six (6) months after said transaction.
  • No premises of any metal recycling facility or secondhand shop business shall be allowed to become a nuisance, public or private, nor shall any such premises be operated in such a manner as to become injurious to the health, safety, or welfare of the community or of any residents in close proximity thereto.
  • No metal recycling facility or secondhand shop business shall store or keep discarded vehicles or parts thereof.
  • No waste, junk, ferrous or nonferrous metals, regulated property, or any other item or inventory shall be placed in stacks or piles exceeding six (6) feet in height or six hundred twenty-five (625) square feet in floor or lot area. An aisle of at least twenty (20) feet shall be maintained at all times between such piles or stacks.