City of Columbia, IL
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Columbia as Ch. 5.44 of the 1997 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Included within the terms of this chapter, and heretofore referred to as "yard sales," is any display of merchandise for the purpose of exchanging it for legal tender or barter at a location not otherwise regularly used or specifically designated for the sale or exchange of merchandise. Events commonly known as "garage sales," "tailgate sales," "flea markets," "house sales," "moving sales," etc., shall be defined as yard sales under the provisions of this chapter.
No person or persons shall offer for sale any merchandise, or permit the use of their property, in conjunction with a yard sale without first obtaining a permit therefor at least five days in advance of the first day of the yard sale. The provisions of this section shall not apply to bankruptcy, estate or other sales under judicial process, licensed and authorized auctions, and sales conducted at and by organizations affiliated with churches, schools, federal, state, City, county and township government units, provided that those organizations are nonprofit, religious, civic and/or charitable in nature.
[Amended 1997 by Ord. No. 1604]
The City Clerk is authorized to issue a yard sale permit as required by this chapter to any resident person upon request and payment of a fee, to be set by City ordinance from time to time, provided the permit be completed to include the name and address of the applicant and the duration and the location of the yard sale.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Yard sales shall be restricted to residential and noncommercial districts unless residential usage is allowed in the commercial district, and unless otherwise approved by the City Council.
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Yard sales shall be held no more than three times within the same calendar year at the same location.
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Yard sales shall be held no sooner than 30 days subsequent to the close of a yard sale at the same location.
Prohibited from such merchandise to be sold at yard sales shall be alcoholic beverages, firearms, firearm ammunition, materials determined by the City Code as obscene, animals or any other merchandise of which sale without proper licensing or authorization from state or local authorities is unlawful.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
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Loudspeakers or amplifiers are prohibited at the location of any yard sale.
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Signs advertising a yard sale are permitted in accordance with the City Sign Regulations.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the immediate revocation of the permit under which said person is a permit holder or permit participant, and shall be further subject to the loss of the privilege of obtaining a permit, or of having the right to participate in such permit in the future.
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No yard sale shall be conducted for a period of greater than three successive calendar days.
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Yard sales shall be conducted within the period between sunrise and sunset.