The Dearing Town Council approved a yard sale ordinance that has been in the works for the past three months. The ordinance passed with a unanimous vote from all four council members during their regular meeting at Dearing Town Hall on June 11.
The ordinance requires all persons to obtain a permit before having any yard sale. The permits are free, and the applications are available any time in the night deposit box outside of Town Hall.
The application lists the name of the applicant, the location of the proposed sale, the date of the sale and the names and addresses of all other persons who are contributing personal property to the sale.
The permit is valid for one day, except in the case of rain, and no more than six permits per calendar year shall be issued to the same address. No Sunday sales are permitted. Yard sales must take place between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and all items, including display tables, must be removed By the end of the day.
All signs pertaining to the yard sale also must be removed at the end of the sale. The ordinance prohibits the placement on any traffic sign pole or post of signs advertising or giving directions to the sale.
The penalty for failure to comply with the ordinance is a fine of up to $150, which will be enforced By the county, according to Mayor Sean Kelley.
Non-profit organizations, such as schools, churches or charity teams may request a special permit for exclusions to the ordinance. The ordinance took effect on June 16. For more information, call 706-556-3725.