Yard Sale Regulations

The City of Mascoutah adopted regulations regarding Yard Sales on August 21, 2017 by adoption of Ordinance No. 17-15.  These regulations are intended to address the amount of yard sales a residence can have during a calendar year and to place restrictions on yard sale signage.  Following are the regulations that will be incorporated into Mascoutah’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 7. 
Yard Sale Definition.  Any display of merchandise for the purpose of exchanging it for legal tender or barter at a residential location not otherwise regularly used or specifically designated for the sale or exchange of  merchandise whether advertised or not; also commonly known as garage sales, lawn sales, porch sales, back yard sales, patio sales, rummage sales, tailgate sales, flea markets, house sales, moving sales.  This shall not apply to bankruptcy, estate or other sales under judicial process and sales conducted from church, school or civic buildings by non-profit religious, civic or charitable organizations.
Yard Sale Permit.  Permits for yard sales are not required.
Yard Sale Regulations.
(a) No more than four (4) yard sales may be held at any one (1) property during any calendar year.  A yard sale is considered either a one day event or a two consecutive day event.
(b) No sales conducted under the provisions of this section shall be located on any public sidewalk, alleyway or public right-of-way.
(c) Yard sales shall be conducted only during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Yard Sale Advertising signage restrictions.
No person shall nail, tack, paste, paint or fasten, or cause to be nailed, tacked, painted or fastened, any sign or any other foreign substance or material onto any telephone, electric light, police and/or fire alarm pole or post, or any street or traffic sign located on any sidewalk, street, alley or public grounds or injure or deface any such pole or post.
Any signs placed on public right of way shall be allowed up to 24 hours prior to sale and shall be removed within 24 hours after sale conclusion.
Any and all signs posted on private property are allowed to remain standing from dawn until dusk on the day of the sale.
Yard Sale Penalties.  Any person who violates any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be fined as provided in section 1-1-20.