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Did you Know it's Illegal to Post Garage Sale Signs?

It is illegal to post garage sale signs on City-owned infrastructure - This blog post provides reasons for why this is illegal, and offers some alternatives.

Did you know that it is illegal to post "garage sale" signs on City-owned infrastructure, including, but not limited to, streetlight poles, traffic safety signs, walls/fences, trees, etc.?  This is a very common violation in the City of Rohnert Park.  Here’s why it is illegal:

1)   Interferes with traffic safety;

2)   Categorized as litter; and

3)   Can somewhat deface the infrastructure.

Here are some legal alternatives that you may use for posting your “garage sale” signs:

1)   Park your car on the street with a “garage sale” sign attached (or write it on your car windows using window paint);

2)   Advertise your garage sale on Craigslist – A step-by-step instruction guide can be found here: http://www.wikihow.com/Advertise-a-Garage-Sale-on-Craigslist;

3)   Pass out flyers; and

4)   Post on community bulletin boards.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (707)588-3300.

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Reginald "Rex" Henderson September 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM
If posting garage sale signs in Rohnert Park is a crime, then I'm afraid 98% of my neighborhood is guilty! Take them all to jai!!!
Public Works Corner September 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Rex - We understand your concerns and we realize that this is a very common violation. Posting garage sale signs is actually a violation in nearly every city (some cities require a permit to hang up garage sale signs). While we do not arrest people for this violation, we do issue citations.
Doug Strickland September 27, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Why have a law that you selectively enforce? That's sort of like saying there's a $1000 fine for littering... If we feel like it.
John Pecoraro September 27, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Okay... I think most of us agree that the police have much better things to do than issue citations for garage sale signs — but will people kindly take them down when the event is over!!!! That contributes to a cluttered unkempt look to the city streets. Maybe the ordinance should be revised to fine those who do not remove the signs after the sale is over?!?
Doug Strickland September 30, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Sounds like a much better idea John.
Ron H October 02, 2012 at 06:14 PM
We are officially out of problems in this town. Tell me again why we need to pay for a police car on every corner (and a city employee to blog about obscure ordinance violations)?
Public Works Corner October 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Doug - As with other littering violations, we are not always aware of garage sale sign violations. We do issue citations if we are aware of a violation.
Public Works Corner October 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Ron - We select blog topics based on common, recurring, or relevant issues/happenings in Rohnert Park. Garage sale sign violations are very common in Rohnert Park, as many people are not even aware that they are committing a violation. The main issue with garage sale signs is that people often do not take them down once the garage sale is over, and the signs become an eyesore and take away from the attractiveness of the area.
Public Works Corner October 09, 2012 at 05:14 PM
John - We could not agree with you more about taking the garage sale signs down once the event is over. This is one of the main reasons that the policy was established. Individuals who keep garage sale signs up past the date of the event are more likely to be issued a fine for the violation.

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