City of Pleasantville, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Pleasantville as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Dealers in secondhand building materials — See Ch. 105, Art. I.
Junk dealers and collectors — See Ch. 151.
Mercantile licensing — See Ch. 155, Art. I.
Transient merchants — See Ch. 195, Art. III.
Secondhand dealers — See Ch. 231.
Temporary signs — See Ch. 243.
[Adopted 6-7-1982 by Ord. No. 11-1982 as Ch. 113 of the 1982 Code]

§ 223-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GARAGE SALES
Include all sales entitled "garage sale," "lawn sale," "attic sale," "rummage sale" or "flea market sale," or any similar casual sale of tangible personal property, which is advertised by any means whereby the public at large is or can be made aware of said sale.
GOODS
Include any goods, warehouse merchandise or other property capable of being the object of a sale regulated hereunder and which is owned by the licensee.
OCCUPANT
The owner or lessee of the premises.
PERSON
Includes individuals, partnerships, voluntary associations and corporations and joint ventures.

§ 223-2 Licenses and fees; number restricted.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct a garage sale in the City of Pleasantville without first filing with the Licensing Officer the information hereinafter specified and obtaining from such Licensing Officer[1] a license so to do, to be known as a "garage sale license." The fee for such license shall be and the same is hereby fixed at $5.[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 155, Licensing, Art. I.
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Only two such licenses shall be issued to any one person within a twelve-month period, and said license is only valid for a period of 30 days after the date of issuance, and no such license shall be issued for more than four consecutive days; provided, however, that, for the purposes of this section, all persons occupying the premises to which a license has been issued shall be considered recipients of this license as if they had received the license personally.

§ 223-3 Information filed with Licensing Officer.

The information to be filed with the Licensing Officer pursuant to this article shall be as follows:
A. 
The name of the person, joint venture, firm, group, corporation, association or organization conducting said sale.
B. 
The name of the owner or lessee of the property on which said sale is to be conducted.
C. 
The location at which the sale is to be conducted.
D. 
The number of days of the sale.
E. 
The date and nature of any past sale.
F. 
A sworn statement or affirmation by the person signing that the information therein given is full and true and known to him to be so.

§ 223-4 Licensee's responsibilities.

The person to whom such license is issued and the owner or tenant of the premises on which such sale or activity is conducted shall be jointly and severally responsible for the maintenance of good order and decorum on the premises during all hours of such sale or activity. No such persons shall permit any loud or boisterous conduct on said premises nor permit vehicles to impede the passage of traffic on any roads or streets in the area of such premises. All such persons shall obey the reasonable orders of any member of the Police or Fire Department of the City of Pleasantville in order to maintain the public health, safety and welfare. All licensed premises shall at all times be subject to such reasonable rules as may be made from time to time by the Council of the City of Pleasantville and shall be subject to inspection at all times by the Licensing Officer and Chief of Police or any of their agents or any other duly authorized representative of the City of Pleasantville.

§ 223-5 Notification of date of sale.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the Chief of Police of the date(s) of the sale.

§ 223-6 Signs. [1]

No signs for advertising or directing customers are to be posted on any place other than the premises of the applicant. The sign is not to exceed two feet by three feet in size and cannot be placed on the premises earlier than one week prior to the sale and must be removed within 24 hours after the sale has terminated.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 243, Signs, Temporary.

§ 223-7 Sale hours restricted.

All garage sales shall be conducted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. only.

§ 223-8 Labeling and disinfecting mattresses and sofas.

It shall be unlawful for any person to offer for sale mattresses, bedsprings, cots, lounges and sofas in any garage sale authorized under this article without first complying with the appropriate section of N.J.S.A. 26:10-1 through 26:10-18, with respect to the labeling, sterilizing and disinfecting of said mattresses, bedsprings, cots, lounges and sofas.

§ 223-9 Persons and sales excepted.

The provisions of this article shall not apply to or affect the following persons or sales:
A. 
Persons selling goods pursuant to an order or process of a court of competent jurisdiction.
B. 
Persons acting in accordance with their powers and duties as public officials.
C. 
Any person selling or advertising for sale an item or items of personal property which are specifically named or described in the advertisement and which separate items do not exceed five in number.
D. 
Any sale conducted by any merchant or mercantile or other business establishment from or at a place of business wherein such sale would be permitted by the zoning regulations of the City of Pleasantville[1] or under the protection of the nonconforming use section thereof, or any other sale conducted by a manufacturer, dealer or vendor, which sale would be conducted from properly zoned premises and not otherwise prohibited in the Code of the City of Pleasantville.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 290, Zoning and Land Use.
E. 
Any bona fide charitable, eleemosynary, educational, cultural or governmental institution or organization; provided, however, that the burden of establishing the exemption under this subsection shall be on the organization or institution claiming such exemption.

§ 223-10 Licensing Officer's duties.

This article shall be enforced by the Licensing Officer. It shall be the duty of the Licensing Officer to investigate any violations of this article coming to his attention, whether by complaint or arising from his own personal knowledge, and, if a violation is found to exist, he shall prosecute a complaint before the local Municipal Court pursuant to the provisions of this article. It shall be the duty of the Police Department of the City of Pleasantville to bring to the attention of the Licensing Officer for further investigation any violations of this article of which the Police Department becomes aware during the course of its normal duties.

§ 223-11 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days and/or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Adopted 6-7-1982 by Ord. No. 11-1982 as Ch. 176 of the 1982 Code]

§ 223-12 License required.

No person shall hold out or represent to the public or conduct or permit to be sold any goods, wares or merchandise in the city under the representation, advertisement of holding out by any means, directly or by implication, as forced sales at reduced prices or as insurance, bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosure, insolvency, removal, loss or expiration of lease or closing-out sales or as assignees', receivers' or trustees' sales or as sales of goods distrained or as sales of goods damaged by fire, smoke or water, without first procuring a license therefor from the Licensing Officer of the city.

§ 223-13 Exemptions.

The provisions of this article shall not apply to any sale which is to be held under a judicial order or judgment or a writ issuing out of any court or to enforce any lawful lien or power of sale, whether by judicial process or not or by a licensed auctioneer.

§ 223-14 Prohibited sales.

The advertising, holding out or representing to the public of any sale as being of the character of the sales referred to in § 223-12 of this article which are not in fact sales of such character is hereby prohibited.

§ 223-15 License application.

A. 
Written application shall be made for each sale of the kind or character referred to in § 223-12 of this article which shall describe the kind or character of the proposed sale to be advertised, held out or represented to the public or conducted by the applicant and the name or names of the person or persons conducting such sale.
B. 
The application shall contain or have annexed thereto a full and complete inventory or list of the goods, wares and merchandise to be sold at such sale, together with the wholesale price thereof and the price or prices at which it is proposed to sell said goods, wares and merchandise.
C. 
The application shall be duly verified by the oath of the applicant as provided by law.

§ 223-16 License issuance; fees, transferability; time interval between sales.

A. 
Upon the approval of the application by the Licensing Officer, he shall issue a license to the applicant authorizing the holding of the sale of the kind and character applied for upon the payment of the following license fees:
Duration of Sale
Fee
Not exceeding 10 days
$100
Not exceeding 20 days
$200
Not exceeding 30 days
$300
B. 
The license shall not be transferable.
C. 
Any person who has held a sale regulated by this article shall not be granted a license within one year from the date of issuance of a previous license.

§ 223-17 License revocation.

A. 
Any license granted hereunder may be revoked by the Licensing Officer for any of the following causes:
(1) 
Any fraud, misrepresentation or false statement made or contained in the written application for license or in connection with the sale of said goods, wares and merchandise.
(2) 
Any violation of any of the provisions of this article.
(3) 
Conviction of the licensee of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
(4) 
Conducting the sale of goods, wares and merchandise in a manner contrary to law and this article.
B. 
Notice of hearing for revocation of a license shall be given in writing, specifying the grounds of complaint and the time and place of hearing, personally or by mail with postage prepaid to the licensee at his last known post office address at least five days prior to the date fixed for hearing. The decision of the Licensing Officer shall be final and binding.

§ 223-18 Licensee's duties; Licensing Officer's investigative powers.

A. 
No licensee shall sell, offer or expose for sale at any such sale of goods, wares and merchandise any substitutions, additions or replenishment of goods, wares and merchandise in substitution, addition or replenishment of the said goods, wares and merchandise listed and stated upon the inventory and in the application.
B. 
The license shall keep full and accurate records of the sale of said goods, wares and merchandise, including articles sold and prices at which sold, dates of sale and other pertinent information.
C. 
The Licensing Officer may, in his discretion, check the articles upon sale with the goods, wares and merchandise as listed in the inventory, including quantity and prices, and the licensee shall render every possible assistance and aid to him therein.

§ 223-19 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days and/or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).