Village of Lansing Ordinance requires that a permit be purchased in order to conduct a “Garage Sale” in Lansing.  Permits can be obtained at the Village Clerk’s office at the cost of $5.00.

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The term “Garage Sale” includes all general sales, open to the public, conducted from, or on, residential premises in any residential zone, for the purpose of disposing of personal property.  The term “Garage Sale” includes, but is not limited to, all sales entitled “garage”, “lawn”, “attic”, “backyard”, or “rummage sale”.

The term “personal property” means property which is owned, utilized and maintained by an individual or members of the residence and does not include merchandise which was purchased for resale.

Prior to issuance of a garage sale permit, the individuals conducting such sale shall file a written statement with the Village Clerk at least five days in advance of the proposed sale.

Garage Sale Signs

1.  Two signs of no more than four square feet each are permitted to be displayed on the property of the residence where the garage sale is being conducted.

2.  Directional signs: Two signs of no more than two square feet each are permitted, provided that the premises upon which the garage sale is conducted is not on a major thoroughfare, and written permission to erect said signs is received from the property owner.

3.  No sign or other form of advertisement shall be exhibited for more than two days prior to the day on which a garage sale is to commence.

4.  All signs displayed under this article must be removed each day at the close of the garage sale or at dusk, whichever occurs first.

Garage Sales conducted under this article shall be limited to daylight hours of no more than three consecutive days.

No more than three Garage Sale Permits may be issued to one resident and/or family household in a calendar year.

The individual to whom a permit is issued under this article and the owner of the premises on which such sale or activity is conducted shall be jointly responsible for the maintenance of good order on the premises during all hours of such sale or activity. No such individual shall permit any loud or boisterous conduct on said premises, nor permit vehicles to impede the passage of traffic on any roads or streets in the area of such premises.

A police officer or any other official designated by any village ordinance to make inspections under the licensing or regulating ordinance or to enforce the same, shall have the right of entry to any premises showing evidence of a garage sale for the purpose of enforcement or inspection and may close the premises from such a sale or arrest any individual who violates the provisions of this article.

No garage sale shall be conducted, unless and until the individuals desiring to conduct such a sale shall obtain a permit from the village clerk.

Any permit in possession of the holder of a garage sale shall be posted on the premises in a conspicuous place so as to be seen by the public and the village inspector or village police.

If any individual is convicted of an offense under this article, the village clerk is instructed to cancel any existing garage sale permit held by the individual convicted and not to issue such individual another garage sale permit for a period of two years from the time of conviction.

Any permit issued under this article may be revoked or any application for issuance of a permit may be refused by the village clerk if the application submitted by the applicant or permit holder contains any false, fraudulent or misleading statement.

If a garage sale is not held on the dates for which the permit is issued or is terminated during the sale's first day because of inclement weather conditions, and an affidavit by the permit holder to this effect is submitted, the village clerk may issue another permit to the applicant for a garage sale to be conducted at the same location within 30 days from the date when the first sale was to be held.  No additional permit fee is required.

For more information contact

Vivian Payne

Lansing Village Clerk