City of Trenton, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Trenton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Auctioneers — See Ch. 25.
[Adopted 9-7-1967 as § 6-13 of the Revised General Ordinances]

§ 226-1 Yard sales.

A. 
Definition. Yard sales are those sales of small, personal household items that are sold by individuals from the front yard of their residences.
B. 
Limited. No more than four yard sales per calendar year shall be permitted from any one household.

§ 226-2 Garage sales.

A. 
Definition. Garage sales are those sales of furniture from an individual's home.
B. 
Restrictions. Garage sales shall be conducted from the back yard area of the individual's residence. No furniture shall be displayed or sold from the front of the residence.
C. 
Limited. No more than six garage sales per calendar year shall be permitted from any one household.

§ 226-3 Registration.

Any individual seeking to conduct a yard sale or garage sale shall register with the City Clerk's office prior to conducting such sale.

§ 226-4 Block sales/flea markets.

Block sales/flea markets are those sales of used furniture and personal household items that are sold by more than four individuals collectively on the front yards of their residences. These sales will be limited to a maximum number of four sales per year. Individuals conducting such sales shall obtain the written approval of the Police Department and register with the City Clerk's office, all properties included, by address, for each event 10 days before the scheduled event.

§ 226-5 Fees.

The City Clerk shall collect a permit fee for yard sales, garage sales, block sales and flea markets. All license fees shall be paid in advance by cash, money order, certified check or bank check at the office of the City Clerk. Personal checks are prohibited. The following fees are hereby established for such sales:
A. 
Yard sale: $10.
B. 
Garage sale: $10.
C. 
Block sale: $25.
D. 
Flea market: $25.

§ 226-6 Violations and penalties.

Violations of the provisions of this article shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty.
[Adopted 9-7-1967 as § 5-5.5 of the Revised General Ordinances]

§ 226-7 Types of sales and licenses.

A. 
The license for distress sales shall include sales designated as follows:
(1) 
Insurance.
(2) 
Bankruptcy.
(3) 
Mortgage.
(4) 
Insolvent.
(5) 
Assignees.
(6) 
Receivers.
(7) 
Trustees.
(8) 
Removal or closing-out.
(9) 
Liquidation.
(10) 
Creditors.
(11) 
Loss-of-lease.
(12) 
Forced-out-of-business.
(13) 
Goods damage by fire, smoke or water.
B. 
Distress sales shall include the sale by anyone of the goods, wares, chattels or merchandise of another, and/or any and all sales advertised in such manner as to reasonably convey to the public that such sale or sales are anticipatory to the termination, closing, liquidation, wind-up, discontinuance, conclusion or abandonment of the business in connection with the sale or sales, and that upon the disposal of the stock of goods on hand the business shall cease and be discontinued.

§ 226-8 Application information.

The application for a distress sale license, in addition to all the requirements of this chapter, shall contain the following information:
A. 
A description of the place in which the proposed sale is to be held.
B. 
The nature of the occupancy of such place, whether by lease or sublease, and the effective date of the termination of occupancy.
C. 
The true name of the owner of the goods to be offered for sale.
D. 
The name of the operator of the sale if the operator is other than the true owner of the goods proposed to be sold under the license.
E. 
A full and complete itemized inventory of the quantity, kind and character of goods to be offered for sale, which shall include a listing of all goods which have been in stock prior to the application for the license; a listing of all goods which have been ordered and will be placed in stock during the pendency of the sale; the place where such stock was purchased or acquired; and if not purchased, the manner of acquisition and the reason for the urgent and expeditious disposal of such goods.

§ 226-9 Issuance of license; Council approval.

No license shall be issued by the City Clerk to conduct or operate a distress sale until (s)he has investigated the application for license. If the City Clerk has any reasonable doubt as to the truth of the statements and representations contained in the application, (s)he shall not issue the license without the approval of the City Council.

§ 226-10 Period of license validity; examination of merchandise; revision of inventory list.

Any license granted under this article shall be valid for not more than a period of 60 days and shall not be renewable, nor shall any other such license be granted to the same person for a period of one year succeeding the expiration of a previous license. A duplicate original of the application and inventory pursuant to which the license was granted shall be available at all times to the investigators of the City; and the licensee shall permit such investigators to examine all merchandise on the premises for comparison with the inventory. In the event that the sale or sales extend beyond a period of 30 days, the inventory as attached to the application, on or before the expiration of the thirty-day period, shall be revised and the items on the list disposed of during the period shall be noted thereon. Suitable books and records shall be kept by the licensee and shall be available at all times to the investigators of the City.

§ 226-11 Offering goods other than inventory items prohibited.

No licensee under this article shall add to and include in any distress sale any goods, wares, merchandise or chattels other than those which were listed in the inventory filed with the application for license.

§ 226-12 Violations and penalties.

Violations of the provisions of this article shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty.