Village of Bellevue, MI
Eaton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Bellevue 4-17-1989 by Ord. No. 90. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Municipal civil infraction — See Ch. 1, Art. III.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Village of Bellevue Garage Sale Ordinance."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Includes the terms "basement sale," "attic sale," "yard sale," or other types of so-called residential sale of used tangible personal property such as clothing, household effects, tools, garden implements, toys, recreation equipment, or other used or secondhand items customarily found in and about the home and advertised in a manner whereby the public at large is or can be aware of such a sale.
Before a garage sale can be conducted, the homeowner or occupant of the premises at which said sale shall be held shall obtain a permit from the Village Clerk. The permit shall contain the name of the applicant and the duration of the sale. No more than four permits per address, per calendar year may be issued for the conducting of a garage sale; in addition at least 30 days must elapse between each of the four permitted garage sales on the premises covered by the permit. The fee for such permit shall be set by resolution of the Village Council from time to time.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Each garage sale shall be limited to four days of operation and shall not be conducted before 8:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. of each day.
At the time the application for a permit is granted, the Village Clerk shall furnish the applicant with one garage sale sign not to exceed four square feet in area, which shall be used to advertise the garage sale. Such sign shall contain the street address of the premises on which said sale is to be conducted, the permit number, and the expiration date of the permit. Such sign shall be placed at least 10 feet within the property line of said premises. The applicant may, at the time of obtaining the permit, request an additional sign at cost of said sign to the Village. Such additional signs shall be placed at locations other than the premises at which the sale is being held and shall also contain the word "WARNING" and shall not be placed in a public right-of-way or on utility poles or on private property without the owner's consent. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the permittee to remove such sign or signs immediately after the completion of the garage sale in accordance with the permit. Any other sign pertaining to the garage sale is prohibited.
Outside display of merchandise to be sold is allowed on the premises at which said sale is being held.
The garage sale shall be conducted only by the homeowners or occupants. Joint garage sales may be held with other homeowners or occupants of the neighborhood, provided that the permit lists all homeowners or occupants involved in the sale. No merchandise of any nature shall be brought in from any other source in connection with such sales. The limitations of this section shall not be applicable, however, when the permit is obtained and the sale conducted by a church, school, veterans' organization, fraternal or religious society or other civil or charitable nonprofit organization.
The term "garage sale" shall not apply to the homeowner or occupant who during the normal course of housekeeping advertises or otherwise offers for sale an individual piece of furniture or an appliance being replaced or no longer needed.
A violation of this chapter is a municipal civil infraction. The penalty for a violation that is a municipal civil infraction shall be a civil fine in an amount set by the Village Council from time to time.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).