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Garage sales as defined in this chapter shall not be considered as an allowable home occupation.

Exemptions and conditions for garage sales shall include:

A. Incidental garage sales consisting of no more than one such sale every thirty days and no more than three within the same calendar year and with no such individual sale continuing for more than three consecutive days.

B. Garage sales shall be supervised and are the responsibility of the occupant or the tenant who occupies the dwelling unit. This person shall not permit vehicles to impede the passage of traffic on any roads or streets in the area of the person’s property.

C. Goods are not to be displayed on public rights-of-way.

D. Signs advertising such sales shall not be attached to any public structures, signs, or traffic control devices nor to any utility poles. All signs which are located within a public right-of-way and not erected pursuant to a permit or other government approval, except as otherwise provided, are hereby declared to be a public nuisance under the limitations herein expressed. The building official or designee may remove such signs after determination that the sign creates an immediate hazard to pedestrians or motor vehicle traffic or be in noncompliance with this chapter, and confiscation is, in the opinion of the building official or designee, the most reasonable and practical means of abating such nuisance.

E. All signs confiscated by the city shall be held for ten working days after which such signs may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of. The owner of any confiscated signs may recover the same upon payment of a twenty-five-dollar fee to cover the cost of confiscation and storage.

F. Portable signs located in the downtown commercial (DC) zone shall be exempt from this section.

G. Directional signs identifying a sale or event occurring during the hours such sign is posted in the right-of-way shall be deemed to meet governmental approval as per subsection (D) of this section; provided, the signs meet the size, composition, lettering and location requirements of this subparagraph, as listed below, in order to minimize exposure, nuisance and hazard to the general public; and provided further, that said sign shall not substantially obstruct visibility of pedestrians or traffic.

1. Sign Size. Signs shall not exceed four square feet per sign facing and two feet in width.

2. Street Location. Signs shall not be located farther than twenty-five feet in any direction from a street intersection curb line.

3. Signs must be at least five feet from the edge of a street intersection without curb, gutter and sidewalk.

4. Signs must be located on the planting strip between the curb and sidewalk on streets containing curb, gutter, sidewalk and planting strips.

5. Signs must be located outside of sidewalk traffic patterns and adjacent to the curb, on streets where the sidewalk is adjacent to the curb/street.

6. The text of the sign must be legible and readable from a motor vehicle traveling at thirty m.p.h.

a. The sign shall identify and direct traffic to the type of event (open house, garage sale).

b. The sign may contain the name of the on-site salesperson and/or name of the company conducting the sale.

c. The sign may have an arrow pointing in the direction of the event.

7. Sign shall be limited to two facings, with each face containing not more than four square feet.

8. A sign shall not contain street addresses or a list of items for sale, but rather limit text to an open house or garage sale in progress.

9. There shall not be more than two off-premises signs located on a city arterial or collector road, and not more than one sign on any one single collector or arterial roadway listed below:

a. Main Street/164th Street SE;

b. 179th Avenue SE;

c. Lewis Street;

d. SR 2;

e. 154th Street S.E./Blueberry Lane;

f. Chain Lake Road;

g. Old Owen Road;

h. Woods Creek Road.

10. There shall not be more than two off-premises signs permitted on minor city streets directing traffic to the sale location from the arterial or collector road.

11. The signs shall be permitted off-premises only during actual hours of the sale or open house.

12. A qualified salesperson must be in attendance at all times that an off-premises sign is posted in the right-of-way.

13. Signs must not be placed in a right-of-way before eight a.m. the day of the sale and must be removed by sundown.

14. There shall be no more than one sign for each sale at any given intersection.

H. Off-premises signs located in the public right-of-way shall maintain a minimum standard of construction and legibility so as to decrease traffic congestion hazards.

1. Signs shall be composed of a durable, all-weather material (plywood, particle board, etc.) as opposed to paper or cardboard which may dissolve or lose its structural composition under adverse weather conditions.

2. Signs shall be portable (A-frame, sandwich board, etc.) and not affixed to the ground.

3. Lettering shall be of a contrasting color to the background. (Ord. 1054, 1995)