Chapter 8.20JUNKYARDS


Legislative declaration.
Screening – Building permit required.
Screening – Required when.
Other laws not affected.
Violations – Penalty – Abatement as public nuisance.
8.20.010Legislative declaration.

For the purpose of promoting the public safety, health, welfare, convenience, and enjoyment of public travel, to protect the public investment in public streets and highways, and to preserve and enhance the scenic beauty of lands bordering public streets and highways, it is declared to be in the public interest to regulate and restrict the establishment, operation and maintenance of junkyards in areas adjacent to the streets and highways within the city. The city council finds and declares that junkyards which do not conform to the requirements of this chapter are public nuisances.

(Ord. 694 § 1, 1975)


When used in this chapter, the term:

A. “Automobile graveyards” means any establishment or place of business which is maintained, used, or operated by storing, keeping, buying or selling wrecked, scrapped, ruined, or dismantled motor vehicles or motor vehicle parts.

B. “Junk” means old or scrap copper, brass, rope, rags, batteries, paper, trash, rubber, debris, waste, iron, steel, old or scrap ferrous or nonferrous materials, or junked, dismantled or wrecked automobiles or vehicles.

C. “Junkyards” means an establishment, public or private yards, or place of business, which is maintained, operated, or used for storing, keeping, buying, or selling junk or for the maintenance or operation of an automobile graveyard.

(Ord. 694 § 2, 1975)

8.20.030Screening – Building permit required.

Before construction of a fence or other appropriate means of screening, application to the city and the issuance of a building permit is required in the same manner and form as other applications for building permits under the city building code.

(Ord. 694 § 5, 1975)

8.20.040Screening – Required when.

No person shall establish, operate, or maintain a junkyard in the city, any portion of which is within one hundred fifty feet of the nearest edge of the right-of-way of any street or highway in the city, unless it is screened by natural objects, plantings, fences, or other appropriate means so as not to be visible from the traveled portion of such street or highway.

(Ord. 694 § 3, 1975)

8.20.050Other laws not affected.

Nothing in this chapter is construed to permit the establishment, operation or maintenance of any junkyard that is otherwise prohibited by state or federal law or by resolution or ordinance of Kittitas County or the city, nor to abrogate or affect the lawful provisions of any statute, chapter, regulation or resolution which is more restrictive than the provisions of this chapter.

(Ord. 694 § 4, 1975)

8.20.060Violations – Penalty – Abatement as public nuisance.

Any person, firm or corporation violating this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars, or imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both so fined and imprisoned. Each day a junkyard is maintained in a manner not in compliance with this chapter shall constitute a separate offense. In addition, if any person, firm or corporation maintains a public nuisance in violation of this chapter such nuisance may be abated in the manner provided by law.