By Gary Budzak
You may be ready to hold your annual garage or yard sale, but are you in compliance with the City of Delaware’s regulations?
“Preparation is the key to a successful garage sale,” Community Affairs Coordinator Lee Yoakum told The Gazette. “As part of that preparation, we want to make sure residents know what the city’s rules and regulations are. One of those is knowing where to place your signs to attract people to your sale that’s legal within city rules.”
On its website, the City of Delaware lists several regulations for garage and yard sales. Among them, signs can’t be placed on public property, including city parks, rights-of-way, street signs or utility poles. In addition, the sale signs can be no bigger than four square feet in size. Any signs in violation will be confiscated.
“The biggest issue we have is signs in the wrong place that distract from traffic or limits visibility,” Yoakum said.
According to the city, “Signs may be displayed one day prior to the sale, and during the sale, but must be removed within 24 hours of the end of the sale.”
“Can people drive around and sees signs up earlier than a day before the sale?” Yoakum said. “Yes, we know that happens. We’d like residents to not do that, but we know that it happens.”
The sale can’t be conducted for more than three consecutive days, and they can’t be can’t be conducted more than three times in a 12-month period at the same location or by the same party. Violators can be guilty of a minor misdemeanor, the City site states.
“For the most part, our residents know what these rules are and they do a great job of following them,” Yoakum said.
No permits or fees are required to hold a sale.
“The regulations are consistent with communities in central Ohio and most cities in the United States,” Yoakum said. “These have been in place and haven’t changed as long as I can remember.”
For more information, call the Planning and Community Development Department at 740-203-1600.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.