[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Mendota by Ord. No. 10-04-10. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a separate meaning:
- 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," "yard," "attic," "porch," "room," "backyard," "patio," "flea market" or "rummage" sales. This definition shall not include a situation where no more than five specific items are held out for sale and all advertisement of such sale specifically names those items to be sold.
- PERSONAL PROPERTY
- Property which is owned, utilized and maintained by an individual or members of his residence and acquired in the normal course of living in or maintaining a residence. It does not include merchandise which was purchased for resale or obtained on consignment.
No person shall engage in or conduct a garage sale as defined in this chapter from any residence, structure or lot in the City without first obtaining a permit for such from the City Clerk of the City of Mendota during normal business hours. Application for a garage sale permit shall be made on a form provided. There shall be no fee charged for each garage sale permit. The permit authorizing the garage sale shall be posted in the front yard of the residence holding the sale while the sale is in process so as to be seen by the public. A permit may be issued only to the owner or lessee of the premises where such garage sale is to take place. Permits issued hereunder shall be nontransferable.
It shall be unlawful for any individual to sell or offer for sale property other than personal property. However, members of more than one residence may join in a garage sale to be conducted at the residence of one of them.
No more than three garage sales may be conducted by members of one residence and/or family household during any calendar year.
Garage sales shall be conducted only from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and are limited to no more than three consecutive days.
Personal property offered for sale may be displayed within the residence, in a garage, driveway, carport and/or a front or rear yard. No personal property offered for a sale at a garage sale shall be displayed in the side yard areas of any such premises or in any public right-of-way. All goods or items for sale shall be brought inside after each day of sale.
One sign advertising a garage sale may be displayed on the property of the residence where the garage sale is being conducted during the time the sale is in progress, and may not exceed four square feet (two feet by two feet) of surface area. If the residence is on a corner lot, two signs may be permitted (one on each street). Not more than two signs advertising a garage sale may also be placed in the public right-of-way, so long as the size, number and location of such signs does not present a potential danger to drivers, pedestrians or other residents by impeding the line of sight for vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Signs must identify the address of the sale location and the date on which it will be held in letters and numbers at least 1 1/2 inches high. All signs on the property of the garage sale permit holder and in the public right-of-way must be removed by sunset at the conclusion of the garage sale. Failure to remove all signs advertising a garage sale within said time of the conclusion of the garage sale shall be a violation of this section and subject the garage sale permit holder to fines as set forth in this chapter.