Village of Balsam Lake, WI
Polk County
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[Adopted 11-1-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-08]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GARAGE SALE
All general sales open to the public, conducted from a residential premises, for the purpose of disposing of personal property, including but not limited to all sales entitled "garage," "lawn," "attic," "porch," "room," "backyard," "patio," or "rummage" sale.
PERSONAL PROPERTY
Property which is owned, utilized and maintained by an individual or members of his or her residence and acquired in the normal course of living or in maintaining a residence. It does not include merchandise which was purchased for resale or obtained on consignment.
A. 
License required. All garage sales shall have a current and valid license issued from the Balsam Lake Village office. The license shall be obtained at least three business days prior to the sale and shall be prominently displayed during the sale.
(1) 
The license fee for a garage sale shall be: $1 for the first sale, $5 for the second, and $10 for the third sale when held within the same calendar year.
(2) 
The Balsam Lake Village office will notify the Balsam Lake Police Department of all garage sale licenses issued.
B. 
Frequency of sales. Garage sales shall not be held more than three times per calendar year at any residence nor held more than three consecutive days.
C. 
Ownership of merchandise. The personal property offered for sale shall only be household goods or personal possessions from the residence, or from family members related to those who reside at the residence, from which the sale is being held, or, in the case of a group sale, from the residences of participating households within the Village of Balsam Lake. In no case shall any sales become outlets for wholesale or retail commercial sales.
D. 
Hours of operations. Garage sales may only be held between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
E. 
Garage sale signs.
(1) 
Signs may not exceed six square feet in surface area, nor have more than two sides.
(2) 
Signs shall identify the location of sale.
(3) 
Signs shall not be located less than five feet from any roadway or lot line.
(4) 
Signs shall not be posted on utility poles or traffic control devices.
(5) 
Signs shall not be posted on property adjoining a right-of-way unless the owner of the property has given explicit permission for its location.
(6) 
Signs shall not be posted at the intersection of Highway 46 and West Main Street.
(7) 
Signs may only be displayed 24 hours before the commencement of the sale and 24 hours after the end of the sale.
(8) 
Only one sign may be posted at the sale site. If site is a corner lot with two or more adjacent roadways, two signs may be posted: one per roadway. Two off-site signs may be posted.