Dobson seeks yard sale limits

By Keith Strange Staff Reporter

October 22, 2013

DOBSON — Residents wanting to hold a yard sale in the town of Dobson may soon have new requirements to do so.

The town’s Board of Commissioners is set to vote on a proposed ordinance that will limit the number of yard sales residents can have each year, the number of days the sale can be held and require a permit before they are held.

Action is expected on the proposed ordinance when the board meets Thursday night in town hall. The meeting is set to get under way at 6 p.m.

“We’ve received a lot of complaints both recently and in the past about the abundance of yard sales being held,” Town Manager Josh Smith said. “They aren’t regulated right now, and they can start in the middle of the week and run through the weekend.”

Another issue is residents are leaving up their advertising long after the sales are concluded, Smith said.

“This is a way to control that a little bitthrough a permitting process,” he said.

If approved by the town board, the new ordinance will require a property owner seeking to hold a sale on their property to pay a $10 permit fee.

It will also limit the number of days the sale can be held to two days in a row.

“We will allow three permits per year for residential areas, and two per year in commercial zones,” Smith said, noting that the commercially-zoned locations will be limited to one day.

The new ordinance will also quash yard sales on public property, and limit the hours they can be held.

“The new ordinance will allow yard sales from between 6 a.m., and 6 p.m., and will require that all signs be taken down on the day the sale ends,” Smith said.

Smith added that violators will be subject to a civil penalty that can be as much as $50 per violation, per day.

But he noted that the ordinance isn’t designed to be a punishment for those seeking to make a little extra money.

“It’s to help clean up the town,” he said. “We aren’t trying to discourage residents from having yard sales, it’s to prevent them from taking place several days a week, every week, at the same location. The goal here is to help clean up the appearance of the town.

“We want to get away from certain areas of the town looking like a giant rummage sale on the weekends.”

Reach Keith Strange at or 719-1929.