City of Watertown, NY
Jefferson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Watertown 9-5-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sales — See Ch. 244.
Transient retail businesses — See Ch. 284.

§ 158-1 Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings set forth below:
CODE ENFORCEMENT SUPERVISOR
The City of Watertown Code Enforcement Supervisor and such other persons as shall be designated by the City Manager as outlined at Chapter 120 of the Watertown City Code.
GARAGE SALE
Includes all general sales, open to the public, conducted from or on a residential property, regardless of its zoning classification, for the purpose of disposing of personal property or other property, including, but not limited to, all sales entitled "garage," "lawn," "yard," "attic," "porch," "room," "backyard," "patio," "flea market," "rummage sale," or similar title.
PERSONAL PROPERTY
Property which is owned, utilized and maintained by an individual or members of that individual's residence and acquired in the normal course of living and/or maintaining a residence. The term does not include merchandise which is purchased for resale or obtained on consignment.
RESIDENTIAL PREMISES
A lot on which a building is located which has a certificate of occupancy for a residential occupancy classification as the same is defined by the New York State Residential Code and New York State Building Code, and such term is deemed to include any vacant lot abutting a residential premises.

§ 158-2 Sale of other than personal property prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any individual to offer for sale, on residential premises, property other than personal property.

§ 158-3 Display of property for sale.

Personal property offered for sale may be displayed within a residence, a garage, in a carport or in a yard, but only in such areas. No personal property offered for sale at a garage sale shall be displayed in any public right-of-way.

§ 158-4 Temporary signage.

A. 
Sign permitted. Only the following specified signs may be displayed in connection with a pending garage sale:
(1) 
Two signs permitted. Two signs of not more than four square feet each may be displayed on the residential premises where the garage sale is being conducted. For purposes of this subsection, the term "residential premises" does not include the margin between the sidewalk and the street.
(2) 
Directional signs. Two signs of not more than two square feet each may be displayed on another residential premises if written permission is received from the owner of such other residential premises upon whose property such signs are to be posted.
B. 
Time limitations for signage. No sign or other form of advertisement shall be exhibited more than two days prior to the day a garage sale is to commence.
C. 
Removal of signs. Signs must be removed each day at the close of the garage sale activities or by the end of daylight, whichever occurs first.
D. 
Prohibited signage. No signs are allowed to be placed on utility poles, municipal poles, or on street signs.

§ 158-5 Number of sales.

No more than two garage sales may be conducted in any one residence and/or family household during any calendar year. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to preclude members of more than one residence from joining in a garage sale to be conducted at the residence of one of the participants.

§ 158-6 Hours and days of operation.

Garage sales shall be limited in time to no more than the daylight hours of three consecutive days.

§ 158-7 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
A violation of any provision of this chapter shall be deemed an offense punishable by a civil proceeding commenced in Watertown City Court and, upon a finding of a violation of this chapter, shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $25.
B. 
Each sale of property other than personal property and the conduct of a sale in violation of the term limitations contained in this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.