County Supervisors Approve Revisions for Yard Sales


This week, supervisors of the county have approved a revised order regarding yard sales in the county. The revision was an order to limit when residents hold yard sales in unincorporated areas of the county.

The officials said the revised ordinance was approved on Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors of the county. The new order is to allow residents in conducting more yard sales within a given year than what is allowed currently. However, the revision also covers new ways for the county to enforce such regulations that govern them.

The new guidelines were not designed to restrict the usual spring-cleaning sale of the moving sale. The county officials said the new regulations affect the frequent yard sales, which can cause blight, including other issues on the quality of life in residential areas.

Mark Ridley-Thomas, a county supervisor said there are frequent yard sales in several unincorporated areas in the county, which more likely function similar to small businesses already. These circumstances tend to create disadvantages among those law-abiding and regulated businesses.

Ridley-Thomas was amongst the authors of the motion, which was approved on Tuesday. He added that there had been many property owners complaining that these yard sales within neighborhoods tend to create blight. In a statement, he said that the recent initiative will be a fair compromise, allowing yard sales to go on, but in a regulated manner.

Through the revised order, the residents in unincorporated areas of the county will be allowed to hold unlimited yard sales during a single designated weekend of the month. According to the office, the residents can also hold 2 other yard sales during non-designated weekends within a calendar year; however, those undertakings are registered with the county.

When compared, a nearby city allows its residents to conduct more than 3 garage sales or yard sales at a single residential location in a calendar year.

Meanwhile, the current ordinance of the county allows a maximum of 2 yard sales, which are conducted on a property within a 12-month period. However, that policy has been largely unenforced.

While the revised policy of the county would allow the residents to hold more yard sales within a given year, arguments still seem to erupt. The residents claim that the new regulation will limit their flexibility in conducting yard sales throughout a certain week.

That issue has also created worries among the residents, considering the time that can be wasted, while waiting for the specific schedule for yard sale provided by the county. The residents did not discuss much about the potential loss of their weekly income, merely focused on the availability and flexibility of their time in holding yard sales.

The county officials said that the revised policies will make the implementation of the ordinance much more doable. The authorities emphasized corresponding violations and penalties for offenders, saying that repeated violations could lead to a non-compliance fee worth $712.

The revisions to the ordinance still require a second approval from the county supervisors. Hence, the office invites the public to visit its website to gather more information about the ordinance revisions.