Tribune-Courier General Manager
Hardin City Council voted at its last meeting to place several restrictions on citizens wishing to hold yard sales.
Hardin Mayor Randall Scott said the move comes out of a concern for the negative effects of perpetual yard and garage sales.
Scott said the idea of an ordinance came into discussion after a number of complaints came in regarding people who were leaving yard sale items out for weeks and not removing signs which had been placed up announcing them.
“We wanted to create a situation where we can somewhat control it,” said Scott. “The permit won’t cost them anything. It will just be a way for us to know when and where sales are being held.”
Under the ordinance residents may not conduct a yard or garage sale for more than three consecutive days on their property. They may also have no more than one sale in a 30-day period.
Residents living in the city limits of Hardin must also obtain a permit prior to holding a yard sale. The permit can be obtained only after the approval of either the mayor or the city administrator.
The permit must be displayed at the location of the sale and be available for inspection by an official of the city upon request. No fee will be assessed for the permit.
Yard sale signage also comes under scrutiny of the city as part of the ordinance. Signs may be no larger than three feet by three feet and cannot be placed in any location which affects sight lines or impedes with traffic on streets and roadways. The sign may also be up no more than three days in advance of the sale.
Penalties for violation of the ordinance can be punishable by a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail.