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It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a junk yard or a motor vehicle wrecking yard in the unincorporated area of the County in violation of one or more of the following conditions:
(a) A junk yard or motor vehicle wrecking yard shall be operated entirely within an enclosed building or buildings or on property completely enclosed by a solid fence or wall at least six feet in height and constructed according to the requirements of this code. The County may grant an exception to this requirement on one or more sides of the facility pursuant to approval of the Major Use Permit for the yard if the operator can demonstrate that natural topographical features prevent access to the side of a facility for which an exception is sought, without the need for a wall or fence.
(b) The fence or wall required by paragraph (a) above shall be maintained in a neat, clean and safe condition and shall be painted, unless it is constructed of masonry or rust-proof metals.
(c) No junk yard or motor vehicle wrecking yard may have any advertising on its outside walls or fences, except that it may advertise in a space not to exceed six feet in height and 15 feet in length on each side of the outer wall of the business. The advertising, shall also comply with all other provisions of this code and any zoning regulations.
(d) The access gates for the yard shall open inwardly and the gates shall be kept closed when the yard is not open for business.
(e) All interior driving aisles must be maintained, cleared to dirt or maintained road, and 24 feet wide edge-to-edge. All interior aisles corners must be unobstructed, a minimum of 100 feet, and have a 28-degree turning radius.
(f) All yards must be maintained to be clear of all flammable vegetation.
(g) All yards must have municipal water within 150 feet of the driveway access or a minimum of 20,000 gallons of water storage with connections determined to be acceptable by the Fire Code Official.
(h) No junk wrecked or inoperative motor vehicles shall be piled or permitted to be piled in excess of the height of the enclosing fence or wall or be closer than three feet from an enclosing fence or wall. The California Fire Code or County Fire Code may further limit the height that certain items may be piled, may limit the width of piles or may require certain items to be further from a fence or wall than three feet. The Fire Codes may also require the operator to have aisles between items in the yard.
(i) The dealer shall be responsible to determine any Fire Code requirements and comply with them including the accumulation of tires in any condition (California Fire Code Chapter 34). The Fire Code Official may further order compliance with regulations that are stricter than those stated in the Fire Codes. The failure to comply with any Fire Code requirement or any order of the Fire Code Official is a violation of this section.
(j) Within 24 hours of acquiring a wrecked or inoperative motor vehicle or item of junk a dealer shall drain and remove all flammable or hazardous liquids and all gases from the vehicle or item of junk.
(k) The yard and all items in it shall be maintained at all times so that fire, health, law enforcement and building officials have access to and can inspect any junk, wrecked or inoperative motor vehicles in the yard.
(Amended by Ord. No. 9889 (N.S.), effective 10-26-07; amended by Ord. No. 10698 (N.S.), effective 1-7-21)