City of Newburgh, NY
Orange County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Newburgh 1-14-1985 by Ord. No. 1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 163.
Signs — See Ch. 250.
Tag days — See Ch. 268.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 288.
Zoning — See Ch. 300.
The Council of the City of Newburgh finds and declares that:
A. 
The intrusion of nonregulated garage sales is causing annoyance to citizens in residential areas and residential premises in the City of Newburgh and congestion of the streets in residential zones in the City of Newburgh.
[Amended 8-10-1992 by Ord. No. 11-92]
B. 
The provisions contained in this chapter are intended to prohibit the conducting of a business in any zoned residential areas or residential premises by regulating the terms and frequency of garage sales so as not to disturb or disrupt the residential environment of the area.
[Amended 8-10-1992 by Ord. No. 11-92]
C. 
The provisions of this chapter do not seek control of sales by individuals selling a few of their household or personal items.
D. 
The provisions and prohibitions hereinafter contained are enacted not to prevent but to regulate garage sales for the safety and welfare of the City's citizens.
A. 
When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
B. 
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:
CODE COMPLIANCE SUPERVISOR
The head of the Code Compliance Bureau or anyone designated by him or by the Chief of the Fire Department to act in his place.
GARAGE SALE
Includes all general sales, open to the public, conducted from or on a residential premise or in any residential zone as defined by the Chapter 300, Zoning, for the purpose of disposing of personal property or other property, including but not limited to all sales entitled "garage," "lawn," "yard," "attic," "porch," "room," "backyard," "patio," "flea market" or "rummage sale." This definition shall not include a situation where no more than five specific items are held out for sale and where all advertisement of such sale specifically names those items to be sold.
[Amended 8-10-1992 by Ord. No. 11-92]
PERSONAL PROPERTY
Property which is owned, utilized and maintained by an individual or members of his or her residence and acquired in the normal course of living in or maintaining a residence. It does not include merchandise which was purchased for resale or obtained on consignment.
RESIDENTIAL PREMISES
A lot on which a building is located which has a certificate of occupancy for a residential occupancy classification only as the same is defined by the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code, or any vacant lot which abuts a residential premise.
[Added 8-10-1992 by Ord. No. 11-92]
It shall be unlawful for any individual to sell or offer for sale, under authority granted by this chapter, property other than personal property.
No garage sale shall be conducted unless and until the individuals desiring to conduct such sale shall obtain a permit therefor from the Code Compliance Supervisor. Members of more than one residence may join in obtaining a permit for a garage sale to be conducted at the residence of one of them.
Prior to issuance of any garage sale permit, the individuals conducting such sale shall file a written statement with the Code Compliance Supervisor at least five business days in advance of the proposed sale, setting forth the following information:
A. 
The full name and address of applicant.
B. 
The location at which the proposed garage sale is to be held.
C. 
The date or dates upon which the sale shall be held.
D. 
The date or dates of any other garage sales within the current calendar year.
E. 
An affirmative statement that the property to be sold was owned by the applicant as his own personal property and was neither acquired or consigned for the purposes of resale.
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
There shall be an administrative processing fee as set forth in Chapter 163, Fees, of this Code for the issuance of such permit.
The permit shall set forth and restrict the time and location of such garage sale. No more than three such permits may be issued to one residence and/or family household during any calendar year. If members of more than one residence join in requesting a permit, then such permit shall be considered as having been issued for each and all of such residences.
Such garage sales shall be limited in time to no more than the daylight hours of three consecutive days or two consecutive weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
A. 
Sale not held because of inclement weather. If a garage sale is not held on the dates for which the permit is issued or is terminated during the first day of the sale because of inclement weather conditions and an affidavit by the permit holder to this effect is submitted, the Code Compliance Supervisor may issue another permit to the applicant for a garage sale to be conducted at the same location within 30 days from the date when the first sale was to be held. No additional permit fee is required.
B. 
Fourth sale permitted. A fourth garage sale shall be permitted in a calendar year if satisfactory proof of a bona fide change of ownership of the real property is first presented to the Code Compliance Supervisor.
Before issuing a permit, the Code Compliance Supervisor may conduct an investigation as may reasonably be necessary to determine if there is compliance with this chapter.
Personal property offered for sale may be displayed within the residence, in a garage, in a carport or in a yard, but only in such areas. No personal property offered for sale at a garage sale shall be displayed in any public right-of-way.
Any permit in possession of the holder or holders of a garage sale shall be posted on the premises in a conspicuous place so as to be seen by the public and the Code Compliance Supervisor.
A. 
Signs permitted. Only the following specified signs may be displayed in relation to a pending garage sale:
(1) 
Two signs permitted: two signs of not more than four square feet each are permitted to be displayed on the property of the residence where the garage sale is being conducted.
(2) 
Directional signs: two signs of not more than two square feet each are permitted, provided that the premises upon which the garage sale is conducted is not on a major thoroughfare and written permission to erect said signs is received from the property owners upon whose property such signs are to be posted.
B. 
Time limitations. No sign or other form of advertisement shall be exhibited for more than two days prior to the day such sale is to commence.
C. 
Removal of signs. Signs must be removed each day at the close of the garage sale activities or by the end of daylight, whichever first occurs.
The individual to whom such permit 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 individual 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 individuals shall obey the reasonable orders of any member of the Police or Fire Department of the City of Newburgh in order to maintain the public health, safety and welfare.
A police officer, code compliance officer, fire prevention inspector or any other official designated by any City ordinance to make inspections under the licensing or regulating ordinance or to enforce the same shall have the right of entry to any premises showing evidence of a garage sale for the purpose of enforcement or inspection and may close the premises from such a sale or issue an appearance ticket or, in the case of a police officer, arrest any individual who violates the provisions of this chapter.
All parking of vehicles shall be conducted in compliance with all applicable laws and ordinances. Further, the Police Department may enforce such temporary controls to alleviate any special hazards and/or congestion created by any garage sale.
A. 
False information. Any permit issued under this chapter may be revoked or any application for issuance of a permit may be refused by the Code Compliance Supervisor if the application submitted by the applicant or permit holder contains any false, fraudulent or misleading statement.
B. 
Conviction of violation. If any individual is convicted of an offense under this chapter, the Code Compliance Supervisor is instructed to cancel any existing garage sale permit held by the individual convicted and not to issue such individual another garage sale permit for a period of two years from the time of conviction.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to or affect the following:
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 sale conducted by any merchant or mercantile or other business establishment from or at a place of business having a certificate of occupancy indicating a mercantile occupancy classification as defined by the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code wherein such sale would be permitted by Chapter 300, Zoning, of the Code of the City of Newburgh or under the protection of the nonconforming use section thereof or any other sale conducted by a manufacturer, dealer or vendor and which sale would be conducted from properly zoned mercantile premises and not otherwise prohibited in other ordinances.
[Amended 8-10-1992 by Ord. No. 11-92]
D. 
Any bona fide charitable, eleemosynary, educational, cultural or governmental institution or organization, when the proceeds from the sale are used directly for the institution's or organization's charitable purposes and the goods or articles are not sold on a consignment basis.
Every article sold and every day a sale is conducted in violation of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
Any person found guilty of violating the terms of this chapter shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $250 for each offense or be imprisoned not exceeding 15 days, or both.