BZA – What is Junk?

Junk is defined in the Washington County Zoning Ordinance as “Old or discarded scrap, copper, brass, iron, steel or other metals, or materials including but not limited to tires, household appliances, furniture, rope, rags, batteries, glass, rubber debris, waste, trash, construction debris, plumbing fixtures, or any discarded, dismantled, wrecked, scrapped, junk, or nuisance motor vehicles or parts thereof.  Building materials stored on site for an active or pending construction project are not considered “junk” under this definition.


What is a “Junk Vehicle”?

A “Junk Vehicle” must meet three prongs:  “a vehicle that does not display a current license plate lawfully upon a vehicle; is partially dismantled, wrecked or extensively damaged or deteriorated; and is not capable of lawful operation on public roads”.


What is a “Junk Yard”?

Any area where waste, junk, trash, discarded or salvaged materials are bought, sold, exchanged, baled, parked, stored, disassembled, or handled, including auto wrecking yards, house wrecking yards, used lumber yards, and places or yards for storage of salvaged house wrecking and structural steel materials and equipment, but not including areas where such uses are conducted entirely within a completely enclosed building and not including permitted and approved pawnshops and establishments for the sale, purchase, or storage of used furniture 10/19/15 11:12 AM salvaged machinery and the processing of used, discarded, or salvaged material as part of manufacturing operations.


What is the difference between a Junk Vehicle and Nuisance Vehicle?

A vehicle on public or private property that is determined and declared to be a health or safety hazard, a public nuisance, and unlawful, including a vehicle determined and declared to be:

  • A breeding ground or harbor for mosquitoes, other insects, rats, or other pests;
  • A point of heavy growth of weeds of other noxious vegetation over 12 inches in height;
  • A point of collection of pools or ponds of water;
  • A point of concentration of quantities of gasoline, oil or other flammable or explosive materials as evidenced by odor,
  • One which has areas of confinement which cannot be operated from the inside, such as trunks, engine compartments or glass, windows, or any exterior or interior fixtures, that present physical dangers to the safety and well-being of others;
  • One so situated or located so as to be in danger of falling or turning over;
  • One which is a point of collection of garbage, food waste, animal waste or any other rotten matter of any kind; or
  • One that has sharp parts that are jagged or contains sharp edges of metal or glass”.