Chapter 5.42


5.42.010    Junk defined.

5.42.020    Licenses required—Fees.

5.42.030    Transfer of license.

5.42.040    Location of business—Posting of license.

5.42.050    Signs on wagons.

5.42.060    Register of purchasers.

5.42.070    Daily report.

5.42.080    Purchase from minors.

5.42.090    Hours of purchasing.

5.42.100    No sale for three days.

5.42.110    Access by police.

5.42.120    Employer liable for servant’s acts.

5.42.130    Bond.

5.42.150    Revocation of license.

5.42.010 Junk defined.

“Junk,” as used in this chapter, means old rope, old iron, copper, tin and lead, rubber, rags, empty bottles, paper, bagging, sacks, parts of machinery, parts of stoves, scrap metals of all kinds, and such other worn out or discarded articles and materials and odds and ends as can be turned to some use; but shall not be deemed to include and mean furniture, house furnishing, goods, clothing, machinery or tools which can be used again for the purpose for which they were originally intended. (Ord. A-260 § 1, 1917).

5.42.020 Licenses required—Fees.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of buying, selling or collecting junk in the city of Yakima without first obtaining from the city a license so to do, which shall be known as a junk dealer’s license. The annual fee for issuing such license shall be set forth in the city of Yakima master fee schedule adopted by city council via resolution, and no license shall be issued for a period of more or less than one year. The license required under this chapter is separate from and in addition to the business license issued under Chapter 5.52 YMC, which may also be required when applicable. (Ord. 2022-040 § 15, 2022; Ord. 2020-006 § 8, 2020: Ord. 3143 § 7, 1988: Ord. 3002 § 7, 1987: Ord. 2926 § 8, 1985; Ord. 2838 § 8, 1985; Ord. 2736 § 8, 1983: Ord. 1880 § 16, 1975: Ord. A-455 (part), 1920: Ord. A-260 §§ 2, 3, 1917).

5.42.030 Transfer of license.

It is unlawful for any person to whom any of the foregoing licenses are issued, to sell, assign or transfer the same, and no person, firm or corporation shall conduct the business of junk dealer or operate a junk wagon under any assigned or transferred license. (Ord. A-455 (part), 1920).

5.42.040 Location of business—Posting of license.

The application for a junk dealer’s license and the license issued shall state the exact location where such business is to be carried on and such license shall be kept posted in a conspicuous place on the premises covered by said license. (Ord. A-260 § 4, 1917).

5.42.050 Signs on wagons.

Every person, firm or corporation shall, before using any wagon, cart or vehicle, or causing the same to be used for the collection or disposal of junk, obtain from the city clerk, for each wagon, cart or vehicle to be so used, two metal plates on which shall be stamped or painted the words “junk dealer” and also the number of the wagon, which number shall be fixed by the clerk, one of which plates shall be securely fastened on each outer side of such wagon, cart or vehicle. Such wagon, cart or vehicle shall also be prominently and plainly marked with the name of the licensee, together with the street and number of his place of business. (Ord. A-260 § 5, 1917).

5.42.060 Register of purchases.

Every junk dealer shall keep a register in which shall be entered in legible writing in ink in the English language, at the time each purchase is made, an accurate description of each and every article purchased in the course of business during that day, with the amount paid for the same, the year, month, day and hour of receiving the same, the name and residence of the person or persons selling same, or from whom the same was received or purchased, or both, if the said articles or any part thereof is sold by anyone for the benefit of any person or persons not present, and a general description of the person or persons so selling the same; and no entry made in the book shall be erased, obliterated or defaced and the book shall at all reasonable times be open to inspection of the city manager, chief of police, city attorney or any member of the police force of the city of Yakima. (Ord. A-260 § 6, 1917).

5.42.070 Daily report.

It shall be the duty of every person, firm or corporation mentioned in YMC 5.42.060 to make out and deliver to the chief of police of the city every day before the hour of twelve noon a legible and correct copy from the books required to be kept in YMC 5.42.060, containing an accurate description of all personal property goods, articles or things received or purchased during the preceding day, together with the hour same were received or purchased and the name, residence and description of the person or persons selling the same or for whom same were sold. (Ord. A-260 § 7, 1917).

5.42.080 Purchase from minors.

It is unlawful for any junk dealer to purchase any junk from any minor under the age of eighteen years. (Ord. A-260 § 8, 1917).

5.42.090 Hours of purchasing.

It is unlawful for any junk dealer to purchase any junk between the hours of nine p.m. and seven a.m. (Ord. A-260 § 9, 1917).

5.42.100 No sale for three days.

It is unlawful for any junk dealer to sell or expose for sale within three days from time of purchasing or receiving the same, nor until it has been in or upon the premises where it is kept or stored for at least three days. (Ord. A-260 § 10, 1917).

5.42.110 Access by police.

It is unlawful for any junk dealer to refuse to allow any police officer to inspect his place of business and articles or things kept therein whenever such officer shall deem it necessary to do so. (Ord. A-260 § 11, 1917).

5.42.120 Employer liable for servant’s acts.

The act of the servant or employee of a junk dealer shall be deemed to be the act of the employer. (Ord. A-260 § 12, 1917).

5.42.130 Bond.

Every applicant for a junk dealer’s license or junk wagon license shall at the time of receiving his license, execute a bond to the city of Yakima with good and sufficient sureties, to be approved by the city manager, in the sum of one thousand dollars, conditioned for the due observance of all ordinances of the city now in force or which may hereafter be passed regarding the buying, selling or collection of junk. (Ord. A-260 § 13, 1917).

5.42.150 Revocation of license.

The city manager may revoke any license issued hereunder when it appears that the licensee has been guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter, and in case of the revocation of any license the unearned portion of the license fee shall be forfeited to the city of Yakima. (Ord. A-260 § 15, 1917).


Statutory authority—See RCW Ch. 19.60.