For public safety and for the beautification of our city, there is a specific Municipal Code regarding garage sales which you may not be aware of:
Garage Sales are a great way of cleaning out the house while making a little extra money for your family. Each weekend a handful of garage/yard sales are held throughout Oakley, which we welcome. However, in the event that you would like to hold a sale, please be aware of the City Municipal Code pertaining to signage and sales.
- Don’t have a sale that exceeds 3 calendar days
- Don’t have more than 3 garage or yard sales a year
A permit & collection of a tax may be required if a person holds more than 3 sales a year, as it can be argued that the resident is operating a business on their single-family residential lot.
- Don’t post signs in the public right of way this includes:
landscaped medians or landscaped strips along roadways
telephone poles, power poles, street lights, & street signs
sidewalks or curbs
- Conduct your sale during daylight hours
- Place signs on private property, but only WITH permission of the property owner
- Remove signs & directional information at the conclusion of your event
- Remove all sale items from public view after your event has ended
- Consider providing a neighborly notification to those that live near you. That they may prepare for the additional traffic to be expected in your neighborhood.
Any signs placed on utility poles, traffic lights, traffic signs, street signs, fire hydrants or trees will be removed and the cost for removal and any damage caused by the sign will be charged to the person sponsoring the garage sale. Please note that while the City always strives for voluntary compliance, citations can and will be issued, thus potentially reducing the net gains of your sale. Help ensure your garage sale profit does not go towards paying for an unnecessary citation by observing the Municipal Code.
To encourage compliance with Code regulations on signage and to help minimize the need for signs, the City does offer a FREE community service for any resident wishing to post a garage sale notice on the City’s web site. The City of Oakley does not endorse or support any sale posted on these pages, but the posting does provide a convenient place for people to know where the sales are taking place. To learn more about publishing your sale on our website click here . Please be advised that posting requires a week’s advance notice.
Additionally, should a group of residents wish to host a “Neighborhood Garage Sale” please notify Nancy Marquez at email@example.com by the end of May, that we may provide notice on the City’s public information publications including the Oakley Outreach, Nextdoor, Facebook, and the Oak Leaf. Our only request will be that a “lead neighbor” attend a brief information session regarding applicable Municipal Codes.
The Code Enforcement Division aims to work in partnership with the residents of Oakley to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. Help us promote a community appearance we can all feel proud of and maintain property values by complying with City municipal codes.
If frequent garage sales are a problem, or if the contents of those sales do not fit the profile of a garage sale, concerned neighbors can call our Code Enforcement Division at 925-625-7031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.