Garage Sale- All general sales open to the public, conducted from or on a residential premises, for the purpose of disposing of personal property, including but not limited to all sales entitled rummage, lawn, yard, porch, room, backyard, patio or garage sale.  Sales of personal items conducted at churches or schools for fundraising efforts is also included.

Personal Property- Property, which is owned, utilized and maintained and acquired in the normal course of living in or maintaining a residence.  It does not include merchandise, which was purchased for resale or obtained on consignment.

(Code 2015)

No person shall conduct any garage sale until such time as registration has been made by the City Clerk.

(Code 2015)

It is unlawful for the same household to hold more than two garage sales at the same location in the same calendar year, for a total of not more than six (6) days in that year.  However, this does not include up to (2) city-wide sales sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  Such city-wide sales shall be exempt from this section.  The City Manager may authorize additional sales and/or sale days if warranted by unusual circumstances.

(Code 2015)

A.    It is unlawful for any household to conduct a singular garage sale lasting longer than four (4) consecutive days.

B.    The garage sale may only be conducted during the hours of 6:30 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.

C.    All goods must be removed from the household’s driveway, yard or outside area to an inside location before 8:00 p.m. each day.

(Code 2015)

All garage sales shall be confined to the garage, house, driveway or yard of the household conducting the sale, and shall in no manner encroach or be upon another person’s yard.

(Code 2015)

All signs advertising or in any way giving public notice of garage sales conducted pursuant to the provisions of this chapter are permitted subject to the following limitations:

A.    No permit is required.

B.    Signs are limited to one on-premises sign (site of sale) per street frontage and two off-premises signs (off site of sale) permitted only with permission of property owner; 

C.    Signs must be located at least fifteen (15) feet from the edge of the street pavement or behind any existing public sidewalks;

D.    Signs are prohibited on utility poles, highway right-of-way, park property and public property;

E.    Signs shall not exceed three (3) square feet in area and must not be illuminated;

F.    No garage sale sign shall be displayed more than two (2) days before the sale, and shall be removed within one (1) day following the sale.

(Code 2015)

The violation of any provision of this chapter is a misdemeanor, and any person convicted in the Ottawa Municipal Court of a violation of the provisions set forth in this chapter shall be fined a sum not to exceed five hundred dollars.  Each day any violation if this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.

(Code 2015)