Summer 2020 – Oakley’s Garage Sale Do’s & Don’t’s


The last few days have seen a dizzying list of health orders issued by the governor and county leaving many unsure of how to proceed and who has the ultimate authority. Gov. Newsom has broad authority under the California Emergency Services Act to issue health mandates during a pandemic. On Monday, July 13, the Governor announced a statewide closure of indoor operations for several sectors of the economy, including dine-in restaurants, bars and breweries, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. For counties on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days, additional closures are required for indoor operations including fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls. There are 29 counties on the monitoring list, representing approximately 80 percent of California’s population.

The county can add to the Governor’s order, i.e. make them more restrictive.

The City of Oakley is following health orders issued by the state and county.

The governor’s executive orders don’t specifically mention garage sales nor does the latest order from the county, so it’s one of those where you need to use your best judgment. You may want to err on the side of caution. Here are some suggestions if you chose to go forward with your garage sale:

  • Set up tables and chairs six feet apart.
  • Have hand sanitizer on tables and other places for customers to use.
  • Members of the household and their visitors should wear personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks, and gloves.
  • Surfaces should also be sanitized and disinfected frequently.
  • All residents and visitors should practice social distancing and should have a checkout line marked off in 6 foot increments.
  • When exchanging paper and coin money hosts and visitors should not touch their face afterwards. Customers should also be asked to place cash on the table rather than placing directly on their hands. Use hand sanitizer often

So, with that in mind here are some don’ts  and do’s:

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:

  • 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:

– streets

– landscaped medians or landscaped strips along roadways

– telephone poles, power poles, street lights, & street signs

– sidewalks or curbs

– City trees

Neither sign is legal and each may come with a citation

Do:

  • 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.

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 codeenforcement@ci.oakley.ca.us.

About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit, Transplan, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority and RD 2137, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction
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