Usa Alaska

USA Statutes : alaska
Title : Business and Professions
Chapter : Chapter 60. Junk Dealers and Junk Yards

Repealed or Renumbered


A person who operates, establishes, or maintains a junk yard in any location without procuring a certificate of approval is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction is punishable by a fine of not more than $500, or by imprisonment for a term of not more than one year, or by both.

Repealed or Renumbered

A person may not establish, operate, or maintain a commercial or public junk yard without a certificate of location prescribed by AS 08.60.050 - 08.60.100.

A person may not engage in the business of junk dealer or metal scrapper in this state without obtaining an annual license from the Department of Revenue. A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction is punishable by a fine of not more than $100 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days.

A person using or proposing to use a location for a commercial or public junk yard shall obtain a certificate of approval for the location. If the location is in a city of any class, the certificate shall be procured from the city council or its designee. If the location is outside the city limits but within the boundaries of an organized borough, the certificate shall be procured from the assembly of the organized borough or its designee. If the location is outside an incorporated city or borough, the certificate of location shall be obtained from the commissioner of public safety.

In AS 08.60.050 - 08.60.100,

(1) 'junk' means any secondhand and used machinery, scrap iron, copper, lead, zinc, aluminum, or other metals; it also includes wrecked automobiles, tools, implements, rags, used building materials, rubber, and paper;

(2) 'junk yard' means a location where junk is gathered together and stored for a commercial or public purpose;

(3) 'person' means an individual and, where consistent with collective capacity, a committee, firm, partnership, company, corporation, club, governmental agency, organization, association, or other combination of individuals.

The commissioner of public safety or the cities or organized boroughs shall examine the location or proposed location of a junk yard and adopt reasonable regulations concerning the establishment, operation, and maintenance of businesses under the standards set out in AS 08.60.070. The regulations may require the erection, location, and size of fences or other structures surrounding the junk yard. Regulations pertaining to junk yards are subject to the provisions of AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act).

The commissioner of public safety, the city council, and organized borough assembly, in considering applications and regulations, shall take into account

(1) the nature and development of surrounding property;

(2) the need to protect the local economy, adjacent land owners, and the motoring public from economically depressing and unsightly roadside locations;

(3) the proximity of churches, schools, hospitals, public buildings, recreation areas, or other places of public gathering;

(4) the sufficiency in number of other similar business establishments in the vicinity;

(5) the adequacy of fences and other types of enclosures to prevent the unsightly display of a junk yard;

(6) the health, safety, and general welfare of the public;

(7) the suitability of the applicant to establish, maintain, or operate the business under AS 08.60.050 - 08.60.100.