Village of Ridgewood, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood 5-11-1992 by Ord. No. 2358. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Auctions and special sales — See Ch. 107.
Fees — See Ch. 145.
Land use and development — See Ch. 190.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 215.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 218.
Sidewalk sales — See Ch. 239.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GARAGE SALES
Includes all sales in residential zones of the Village of Ridgewood under the following categories: garage sale, lawn sale, attic sale, rummage sale, flea market sale, estate sale or any casual sale of tangible personal property which is advertised by any means where the public at large is or can be made aware of said sale.
GOODS
Includes any goods, merchandise or other property capable of being the object of a sale regulated hereunder.
PERSON
Includes individuals, partnerships, voluntary associations and corporations.
It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct a garage sale within the Village of Ridgewood without first obtaining a permit therefor from the Village Clerk. The fee for such permit shall be as set forth in Chapter 145, Fees, per garage sale. No garage sale shall be licensed for more than two days, which shall be consecutive. No person shall conduct more than two garage sales in any one calendar year. No premises shall be the subject of more than two garage sales in any one calendar year.
Each license issued pursuant to the terms of this chapter is required to be prominently displayed on the premises upon which the garage sale is conducted throughout the entire period of the licensed sale.
The information to be filed with the Village Clerk, pursuant to this chapter, shall be as follows:
A. 
The name of the person, firm, group, corporation, association or organization conducting the sale.
B. 
The name of owner of the property on which said sale is to be conducted, and consent of owner if applicant is other than owner.
C. 
The location at which the sale is to be conducted.
D. 
The number of days of sale (not to exceed two days).
E. 
The date and nature of any past sale.
F. 
The relationship or connection the applicant may have had with any other person, firm, group, organization, association or corporation conducting said sale and the date or dates of such sales.
G. 
Whether or not applicant has been issued any other vendor's license by any local, state or federal agency.
H. 
The number, nature and location of signs.
I. 
A sworn statement or affirmation by the person signing that the information therein given is full and true and known to him to be so.
All garage sales shall be conducted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and sundown.
Temporary signs are permitted only on the days of the sale and only on the premises on which the sale is to take place. No temporary signs are permitted on public property or within any public right-of-way or sidewalk. This requirement extends to trees, telephone poles and street or traffic signs. All temporary signs are to be removed simultaneously with the ending of the sale. No more than two signs advertising the garage sale shall be permitted on the premises, and no sign shall be more than four square feet in size.
The following persons and sales shall be excepted:
A. 
Persons selling goods pursuant to an order or process of a court of competent jurisdiction.
B. 
Persons acting in accordance with their powers and duties as public officials.
C. 
Any person selling or advertising for sale an item or items of personal property which are specifically named or described in the advertisement and which separate items do not exceed five in number.
D. 
Any sale conducted by any merchant or mercantile or other business establishment from or at a place of business wherein such sale would be permitted by Chapter 190, Land Use and Development, of the Code of the Village of Ridgewood or under the protection of the nonconforming use section thereof, or any other sale conducted by a manufacturer, dealer or vendor and which sale would be conducted from properly zoned premises and not otherwise prohibited in the ordinances.
E. 
Any bona fide charitable, eleemosynary, educational, cultural or governmental institution or organization; provided, however, that the burden of establishing the exemption under this subsection shall be on the organization or institution claiming the exemption. Any such sale shall be conducted only on the premises owned or occupied for exempt purposes by the exempt organization. This exclusion shall not exclude the organizations set forth herein from complying with the provisions of the solicitation ordinance of the Village of Ridgewood, Chapter 218, Peddling and Soliciting.
This chapter may be enforced by any officer of the Village of Ridgewood, including the Department of Police and the Department of Buildings and Inspections. It shall be the duty of such officer to investigate any reported violation.
The person to whom such license is issued and the owner or tenant of the premises on which such sale or activity is conducted shall be jointly and severally responsible for the maintenance of good order and decorum on the premises during all hours of such sale or activity. No such person shall permit any loud or boisterous conduct on said premises or permit vehicles to impede the passage of traffic on any roads or streets in the area of such premises.