[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Rockville Centre 12-8-1980 by L.L. No. 14-1980. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to conduct a garage sale in the Incorporated Village of Rockville Centre without first obtaining a license and complying with the regulations set forth herein.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- GARAGE SALE
- Includes all sales entitled "garage sale," "lawn sale," "attic sale," "rummage sale" or "flea market sale," or any similar casual sale of tangible personal property which is advertised by any means whereby the public at large is or can be made aware of said sale.
- Includes individuals, partnerships, voluntary associations and corporations.
Garage sales in the Village of Rockville Centre shall be regulated in the following manner:
Merchandise. Garage sales shall offer only used, unwanted items of personal property owned by the resident of the property where the sale is held. No new merchandise shall be offered for sale, nor may new merchandise from other sources be brought in and offered for sale.
Hours. Garage sales shall not commence before 10:00 a.m. and must terminate by 6:00 p.m.
No person shall conduct more than one garage sale on his premises in any one calendar year. Such sale may not extend for a period of more than three days.
Garage sales may be advertised through the newspaper or other news media. A sign, not greater in size than three feet by three feet may be installed on the property where the sale is being conducted.
No sign shall be placed on the public right-of-way or on property other than where the sale is being conducted. No lighted sign shall be used.
The sign shall be displayed only during the sale and shall be promptly removed after the sale.
License. Upon application, either in person or by mail, the Village Clerk is authorized to issue a license upon payment of the fee established by resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Rockville Centre.
The information to be filed with the Village Clerk pursuant to this chapter shall be as follows:
The name of the person, firm, group, corporation, association or organization conducting said sale.
The name of the owner of the property on which said sale is to be conducted and the consent of the owner if the applicant is other than the owner.
The location at which the sale is to be conducted.
The number of days of the sale.
The date and nature of any past sale.
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 sale.
Whether or not the applicant has been issued any other vendor's license by any local, state or federal agency.
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.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to or affect the following persons or sales:
Persons selling goods pursuant to an order of process of a court of competent jurisdiction.
Persons acting in accordance with their powers and duties as public officials.
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.
Any publisher of a newspaper, magazine or other publication or other communication media who publishes or broadcasts in good faith without knowledge of its false, deceptive or misleading character or without knowledge that the provisions of this chapter have not been complied with.
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 the zoning regulations of the Village of Rockville Centre 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.
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 such exemption.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Police Department and the Superintendent of Public Works.
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 loud or boisterous conduct on said premises nor permit vehicles to impede the passage of traffic on any roads or streets in the area of such premises. All such persons shall obey the reasonable orders of any member of the Police Department or Fire Department of the Village of Rockville Centre in order to maintain the public health, safety and welfare.
Any person, association or corporation conducting any such sale or similar activity without being properly licensed therefor or who shall violate any of the other terms and regulations of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than $25 nor more than $100. Each day that such sale continues without being duly licensed shall be considered a separate violation.