City of Crystal Lake, IL
McHenry County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Crystal Lake 1-19-1993 (Art. IV, Ch. I, Section E, of the 1993 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Handbills and posters — See Ch. 288.
Sidewalk sales — See Ch. 440.
It is the purpose of this chapter to provide for the regulation of the nature and frequency of garage sales, in order to prevent any annoyance or harm which might otherwise occur from the uncontrolled operation of such sales in districts not zoned for commercial use.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GARAGE SALE
Includes all sales entitled "garage sale," "lawn sale," "attic sale," "rummage sale," "flea market sale," "moving 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.
GOODS
Includes any new or used goods or other property capable of being the object of the sale regulated hereunder.
[Amended 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 6161]
It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct a garage sale in the City of Crystal Lake without first filing with the Chief of Police or his/her designated representative the information hereinafter specified and obtaining from the Chief of Police or his/her designated representative a license to do so, to be known as a "garage sale license."
[Amended 11-16-2012 by Ord. No. 6857]
No person or group of persons shall receive more than three garage sale licenses during any 12 consecutive months. No such license shall be issued for more than four consecutive calendar days. If members of more than one residential dwelling join in holding a garage sale, then such sale shall be considered as having been held for each and all such residents. Each license issued under this chapter must be prominently displayed on the premises upon which the garage sale is conducted throughout the entire period of the licensed sale. No license issued under this chapter shall be construed to authorize the retail sale at any garage sale of goods purchased wholesale by the person conducting such sale.
[Amended 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 6161]
The information to be filed with the Chief of Police or his/her designated representative, pursuant to this chapter, shall be as follows:
A. 
Name of person, firm, group, corporation, association or organization conducting said sale.
B. 
Name of 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.
C. 
Location at which sale is to be conducted.
D. 
Number of days and hours of sale.
E. 
Date and nature of any past sale.
F. 
Whether or not the applicant has been issued any other vendor's license by any local, state or federal agency.
G. 
Sworn statement or affirmation by the person signing that the information therein given is full and true and known to him/her to be so.
[Amended 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 6161; 11-16-2012 by Ord. No. 6857]
The placement of garage/yard/estate sale signs is allowed as long as the following requirements are met:
A. 
Garage/Yard/Estate sale signs may be displayed for up to four consecutive days, provided that the sign is displayed for not more than one day prior to the commencement of the garage sale. The maximum size of each sign may be six square feet and up to three feet in height.
B. 
Each sign must have the address and dates affixed to it.
C. 
Signs on private property in locations other than the site of the advertised activity may only be placed with the consent of the owner of the private property.
D. 
Signs may not be placed in the public right-of-way and may not obstruct or otherwise interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
E. 
Signs must be removed by no later than 5:00 p.m. on the final date of the garage sale.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to or affect the following persons or sale:
A. 
Persons selling goods pursuant to an order of process of a court of competent jurisdiction.
B. 
Persons acting in accordance with their powers and duties as public officials.
C. 
Any persons selling or advertising for sale an item or items of personal property which are specifically named or described in the advertisement in which separate items do not exceed five in number.
D. 
Any sale which falls within the provisions of 815 ILCS 350/1 (the Fraudulent Sales Act).
[Added 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 6161]
E. 
Any sale conducted by a charitable or religious organization, upon a satisfactory showing that the sale is being held entirely as a fund-raising activity for said organization.
[Added 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 6161]
[Added 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 6161]
No garage sale shall begin before 8:00 a.m. or continue later than 6:00 p.m. on any given day.
Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this chapter may, in addition to any penalty imposed under Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty, of this Code, suffer the penalty of having the license revoked for any such violation. Revocation shall be in writing signed by the Mayor.