[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Willingboro 10-21-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Whereas, the intrusion of nonregulated yard sales is causing an annoyance to citizens and congestion of the streets in the residential zones in Willingboro Township.
The provisions contained in this chapter are intended to regulate the conducting of a business in any zoned residential areas or residential premises by regulating the terms and frequency of yard sales so as not to disturb the residential environment of the area.
For the purpose of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
- Includes any goods, merchandise or other property capable of being the object of sale regulated hereunder. Excludes food items.
- Includes individuals, partnerships voluntary associations and corporations.
- 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 International Building Code, New Jersey Edition.
- YARD SALE
- Includes all sales known as "garage sales," "lawn sales," "attic sales," "rummage sales" 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.
It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct a yard sale in Willingboro Township unless said person is a resident to the Township and has first filed with the Inspections Department the information herein specified and thereafter obtained a license so to do, to be known as a "yard sale license." No fee shall be charged for a yard sale license.
Such license shall be issued to any one person and/or address, no more than four per year, and no license for more than two consecutive calendar days.
Fire departments and religious institutions shall be allowed eight licenses per year. These organizations may be allowed more than eight licenses per year upon the approval of the Township Council.
Each license issued under this chapter must be prominently displayed on the premises upon which the yard sale is conducted throughout the entire period of the licensed sale.
The information to be filed with the Inspections Department pursuant to this chapter shall be as follows:
Name of person, firm, group, corporation, association or organization conducting said sale.
Name of the owner of the property on which said sale is to be conducted and consent of the owner if the applicant is other than the owner. The applicant must reside on the premises.
Location at which the sale is to be conducted.
Number of days of the sale.
Date and nature of any past sales.
Relationship or connection the applicant may have with any other person, firm, group, organization, association or corporation conducting said sale and the date or dates of such sales.
Whether or not the applicant has been issued any other mercantile license by any local, state or federal agency.
Sworn statement or affirmation by the person signing that information therein given is full and true and known to him to be so.
All yard sales shall be conducted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. only.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to or affect the following persons or sales:
Persons selling goods pursuant to an order or process of a court of competent jurisdiction.
Persons acting in accordance with their powers and duties as public officials.
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.
Any publisher of a newspaper, magazine or other publication or other communication media who publishes or broadcasts in good faith without knowledge of its false, deceptive or misleading character or without knowledge that the provisions of this chapter have not been compiled with.
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 Willingboro Township 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 premises and not otherwise prohibited in the revised ordinances.
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.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Code Enforcement Officer. It shall be the duty of the Code Enforcement Officer to investigate any violations of this chapter coming to his attention, whether by complaint or arising from his own personal knowledge, and if any violation is found to exist, he shall prosecute a complaint before the local Municipal Court pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. It shall be the duty of the Police Department of Willingboro Township to bring to the attention of the Code Enforcement Officer for further investigation any violations of this chapter of which the Police Department becomes aware during the course of its normal duties.
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 and decorum on the premises during all hours of such sale or activity. All signs advertising yard sale must be removed no later than the day after the yard sale, or a fine may be imposed. No such person 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 Willingboro Township in order to maintain the public health, safety and welfare.
Any persons as defined herein conducting any such sale or similar activity without being properly licensed therefor or who shall violate any of the other terms and regulations of this chapter shall, upon conviction in Willingboro Township Municipal Court, be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000, imprisonment for not more than 90 days and/or a period of community service for not more than 90 days. Each date as such sale shall continue without being duly licensed shall be considered a separate violation.