(a)   (1)   No licensee under this article shall maintain a junk yard or junk shop, auto salvage yard or scrap metal yard or any other business unless such business is carried on entirely inside a building or unless the premises on which the business is conducted are entirely enclosed (except for gates or doors for ingress and egress) by a fence, at least eight (8) feet in height, provided that on any part of such premises along or visible from residential property or a public highway or street such fence and any doors and gates shall be of solid masonry, steel or wood construction.
      Gates and doors for access to the premises shall swing inward and shall be designed so that operations conducted on the premises are not visible from the adjoining street. All gates and doors shall be closed when the premises are not open for business.
      All fence designs and material specifications shall be submitted in writing to the Building and Safety Inspections Division for review and approval before the permit required by § 17-2 will be issued, and shall thereafter be installed in a conventional manner according to the requirements of the City Code.
      Barbed wire shall be installed on the top of such fences on arms or supports projecting over the private property side of the fence at least eight (8) feet above the adjacent grade.
   (b)   Where, owing to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the requirements for solid fences along highways, streets and residential property will result in unnecessary hardship or involve practical difficulties, the Department of Building and Safety Inspection may, in specific cases, vary or modify the time for application thereof, imposing such conditions or limitations it finds necessary to promote the public health, safety and general welfare, subject to the approval of the City Council.
(Ord. 2945, passed 3-11-1985)