Friday, June 11, 2010
Garage Sale Information
The Bryan Police Department is warning any person with plans to hold a garage sale that they need a permit to legally operate the sale. Permits can be obtained from Building Services for $3. Garage sales are allowed to last a maximum of three consecutive days and may be held every four months. Any person who is found to be operating a garage sale without a permit is subject to the sale being shut down, and could also be cited for the violation. Random spot checks of garage sales can be conducted in order to check for these permits.
The Bryan Police Department is further cautioning anyone planning to conduct a garage sale that no signs may be posted, advertising the sale, in any city right of way. This includes but is not limited to: stapling the sign to a utility pole or taping the sign to a road sign. If a sign is found to have been posted illegally, the sign may be confiscated by the police department and held in storage for the owner to pick up at a cost of $25, with a $5 a day storage fee.
Questions concerning where a sign may be legally placed to advertise for a garage sale may be directed to City of Bryan Code Enforcement at 209-5544.
Sec. 18-22. Garage sale rules and regulations
(a) Permit required. No person shall conduct a garage sale within the city limits without first obtaining a permit from the inspection services division. A fee for such permit shall be established by resolution of the city council and is on file in the city secretary's office. The permit shall be prominently displayed on the premises during the hours of the sale.
(b) Who may conduct garage sales; frequency. No person other than the occupant shall conduct a garage sale. No occupant shall conduct a garage sale if such a sale has been conducted by an occupant upon the same property or premises within the period of four months immediately preceding the date of the commencement of the proposed sale.
(c) Authorized merchandise. No person shall sell or offer for sale at a garage sale, merchandise other than used and discarded items of personal property.
(d) Duration. No garage sale shall be conducted for a period in excess of 72 consecutive hours.
(e) Conduct of sale. The garage sale shall be conducted in such a manner by the occupant so as not to create a disturbance or become a nuisance in the neighborhood.
Sec. 106-165. Restrictions
(a) No sign may be placed, posted, attached, painted, marked, or written on or otherwise affixed, installed or displayed on public property or in the public rights-of-way, except as authorized in subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section.
(b) With the exception of state maintained highways, it shall be unlawful to place a sign in the public right-of-way, except as authorized herein. The following signs may be placed in the public rights-of-way:
(1) Government signs;
(2) Temporary emergency or safety pedestrian and vehicular warning signs;
(3) One flag attached to a single freestanding pole, may be placed in the unimproved portion of the public right-of-way for every ten linear feet of frontage, if placed by the owner of the property abutting the public right-of-way or with the consent of said owner;
(4) Temporary signs permitted as part of a street closing event at the location of the permitted event for the duration of the permit, if all applicable liability insurance requirements set forth in section 15-191 of the Bryan City Code are satisfied; and the signs do not interfere with, or pose a danger to, vehicular or pedestrian traffic; do not threaten, damage or deface private property; and are not affixed to any tree, utility pole or public structure.
(5) Projecting signs, as defined in this article, shall be allowed within the DT-N Downtown North, DT-S, Downtown South, and DT-C, Downtown Civic Zoning Districts and in all other zoning districts where attached to a legally nonconforming building, lawfully constructed on the property line immediately adjacent to the public right-of-way, and provided the projecting sign satisfies all of the requirements of section 62-251. Projecting signs within a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) right-of-way must also obtain permission from that authority.
(c) No sign may be placed in the public right-of-way of a state maintained highway unless authorized by the state.
(d) The following signs are allowed on public property:
(1) Government signs;
(2) Lessees or licensed user of public owned building and property leased or licensed from the city for business purposes shall be allowed to erect temporary signs in compliance with all other provisions of this Code, provided that those signs do not deface, damage or destroy such public property, and are maintained only during the duration of the license or lease.
(e) Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit the display of handheld signs, as that term is defined in this chapter, when carried by persons lawfully present on the unimproved portions of the public rights-of-way, public property, and on sidewalks.
Officer Jason B. James
Bryan Police Department
Public Information Officer
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