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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.82 Secondhand Dealers and Junk Dealers Part II

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Chapter 8.82
Secondhand Dealers and Junk Dealers
PART II. JUNK DEALERS

Sections:

8.82.140 Definitions.
8.82.150 License--Required.
8.82.160 License--Junk peddler.
8.82.170 License--Junk merchant.
8.82.180 License--Application.
8.82.190 License--Revocation.
8.82.200 License--Plate.
8.82.210 Record of purchases.
8.82.220 Metal records.
8.82.230 Purchases from minors--Hours of operation.
8.82.240 Limitations on business.
8.82.250 Posting regulations.
8.82.260 Misdemeanor declared.

McQuillin:

24.351 et seq. Junk and secondhand dealers, places and yards

26.121 et seq. Junk and secondhand dealers, stores and yards

8.82.140 Definitions.

The following words or phrases, as used in this part, are defined as follows:

A. "Junk merchant and junk shop." Any person engaged in the business of buying, selling, exchanging or dealing in old junk, metals, bottles, syphons, old rope, old iron, brass, copper, tin or lead, secondhand plumbing materials, secondhand gas and electric fixtures, old rubber tires or other used or old articles commonly designated as "junk," and having a store, stand, junkyard, or place of business, is a junk merchant, and such stand, junkyard, store or place of business is a junk shop.

B. "Junk peddler" means any person engaged in the business of buying, selling, exchanging, or dealing in old junk, metals, bottles, syphons, old rope, old iron, brass, copper, tin or lead, secondhand plumbing materials, secondhand gas and electric fixtures, old rubber tires or other used or old articles commonly designated as "junk" and having no stand, store or place of business.
(Ord. 55783 2 (part), 1971: 1948 C. Ch. 57 10: 1960 C. 681.010.)

Cases:

Ordinance regulating junk and secondhand dealers is a valid exercise of the city's police power. City of St. Louis v. Baskowitz, 201 S.W. 870 (1918).

One dealing chiefly in new bottles, but handling large quantities of old bottles, is a junk merchant as defined by ordinance. City of St. Louis v. Baskowitz, 201 S.W. 870 (1918).

8.82.150 License--Required.

No person shall engage in the business of junk peddler or junk merchant without first obtaining a license from the License Collector and complying with the provisions of this part.
(1948 C. Ch. 57 11: 1960 C. 681.020.)

8.82.160 License--Junk peddler.

Every junk peddler shall pay a license fee of ten dollars per year for each wagon or truck used in such business and five dollars per year for each pushcart used in such business. The license shall expire on June 30 of each year. Each license shall bear a number which shall correspond with the number on a license plate which shall be attached to the wagon, cart or vehicle used by the licensee in his business, as provided in this chapter. The license shall be available only to the person in whose name it is issued, and shall not be used by any person other than the original licensee. Any licensee who shall permit his license to be used by any other person, and any other person who shall use a license granted to another person, shall each be deemed guilty of a violation of this chapter.
(1948 C. Ch. 57 12: 1960 C. 681.030.)

8.82.170 License--Junk merchant.

Every junk merchant, as defined in this part, shall pay the annual license tax and the ad valorem tax and additional tax and shall be subject to all the requirements, provisions and penalties as provided for merchants in Chapter 8.56. Every junk merchant is hereby declared to be a merchant within the meaning of such provisions.
(1948 C. Ch. 57 13: 1960 C. 681.040)

8.82.180 License--Application.

Application for licenses under this part shall be made in writing to the License Collector and shall state the name, age, description and address of the applicant and in the case of a junk merchant shall also state the name of the street and number of the store, stand, junkyard, or place of business stated herein. The License Collector, upon receipt of the application, shall make inquiry into the character of the applicant and shall not grant a license unless he is satisfied that the applicant therefor is a fit person to receive same.
(Ord. 55783 2 (part), 1971: 1948 C. Ch. 57 14: 1960 C. 681.051.)

8.82.190 License--Revocation.

The License Collector of St. Louis shall have the power and authority to revoke any license issued under this chapter for any willful violation by a licensed junk merchant or junk peddler or any of the provisions or conditions contained therein; provided, the license shall be revoked only after the licensee shall have been notified in writing at his place of business of the violations complained of and shall have been afforded a reasonable opportunity to have a hearing thereon before the License Collector.
(Ord. 55783 2 (part), 1971: 1960 C. 681.120.)

8.82.200 License--Plate.

The wagon, cart or vehicle used by any junk peddler or junk merchant in his business shall have affixed thereto in a prominent place, plainly visible, a metal license plate which shall be of a different color each year, and which shall have stamped thereon the words "junk peddler" or "junk merchant," as the case may be and his license number, for the purpose of identification. The plates shall be furnished by the City Register to the License Collector, who shall issue them without charge to the applicant for a license.
(1948 C. Ch. 57 18: 1960 C. 681.090.)

8.82.210 Record of purchases.

Every junk merchant shall keep a book in which shall be legibly written in the English language, at the time of every purchase, a general description of every article of every purchase made, the price paid for the article, the name, color, residence and other description sufficient to identify the person from whom the purchase was made, and when purchases are made from a junk peddler, in addition to the above information the record of the purchase shall state the license number of the junk peddler. Every purchase shall be separately recorded in the book and shall bear a consecutive number commencing with the figure "one." This record shall at all reasonable hours be open to the inspection of any police officer or any person having a written order from the Chief of Police or License Collector. Upon written request of the Chief of Police or License Collector, the junk merchant shall furnish to the Chief of Police or License Collector a verified written statement of the portions of the record as the Chief of Police or License Collector may require. An exchange of any of the articles designated in this part as junk shall be recorded as a purchase and sale of the respective articles exchanged.
(1948 C. Ch. 57 15: 1960 C. 681.060.)

V.A.M.S.:

407.305 Registration of certain purchases

407.300 Copper wire or cable, collectors and dealers to keep register

8.82.220 Metal records.

In addition to the record of purchase required in Section 8.82.210, whenever any junk merchant shall purchase any copper, brass, copper alloy, nickel, nickel alloy, iron, steel, tin, mercury, lead, or any other metal alloy containing these materials, the junk merchant shall keep a record of the operator or chauffeur's license of the person delivering the metal, the state license number of the vehicle in which the metal was delivered, the quantity purchased, the general description of the form of the metal when received including whether the same is in the form of wire, cable, bars, fittings, gutterings, rods, or tubing; the names and addresses of the persons, groups of persons, or corporation from whom the seller obtained the metal, and the disposition of the metal after receipt by the junk merchant during all the time the metal is in his possession, including the names and addresses of the person, firm, or corporation to whom the metal is sold or exchanged by junk merchant. This record shall be open for inspection as required in Section 8.82.210.
(Ord. 55783 2 (part), 1971: 1960 C. 681.061.)

8.82.230 Purchases from minors--Hours of operation.

No junk peddler or junk merchant shall purchase any goods, articles or things whatsoever from any minor, at any time, or from any person whomsoever, between the hours of seven p.m. and seven a.m.
(1948 C. Ch. 57 16: 1960 C. 681.070.)

V.A.M.S.:

563.780, 563.790 Dealers or employees not to deal with minors

8.82.240 Limitations on business.

No junk peddler or junk merchant shall be licensed as a pawnbroker or dealer in secondhand articles in the City, nor shall any junk peddler or junk merchant make any loans upon any article designated herein as junk, nor receive the same as a pledge, pawn or security, nor shall any person purchase, sell, exchange or deal in any such articles without first complying with all the provisions of this part.
(1948 C. Ch. 57 17: 1960 C. 681.080.)

8.82.250 Posting regulations.

A copy of the regulations prescribed by this part shall be posted in a conspicuous place in every junk shop in the City, and it shall be the duty of the register, upon request, to furnish copies of the regulations to every junk peddler and junk merchant in the City.
(1948 C. Ch. 57 19: 1960 C. 681.100.)

8.82.260 Misdemeanor declared.

Any person who shall engage in business as a junk peddler or junk merchant without a license as herein required, or any junk merchant who shall conduct business at any place other than that stated in his application for a license, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 57 20: 1960 C. 681.110.)

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