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August 6, 2013

Garage sale signs need to be on private property

Knoxville — Since Aug. 1, City of Knoxville staff have been picking up garage sale signs that are in improper places. The City is supportive of residents holding garage sales, but there are rules governing where advertising signs may go. 

Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik said the City wanted to begin dealing with sign issues last week, because this week was only going to get busier. While the City is removing signs from the public right of way, Feik said they are carefully removed to allow residents to come in and claim them. 

The City's ordinance regarding garage sale and other temporary signs is as follows:

Title 9 Zoning, Chapter 17 Sign Regulations

Rummage/garage sale signs. Rummage or garage sale signs shall be bound by the following regulations:

A. Rummage or garage sale signs are permitted on private property in a location which does not create a visibility or traffic hazard (as determined by the city manager or his/her designee).

B. Garage sale signs may not have an area more than six (6) square feet with a maximum of two (2) faces. Garage sale signs shall identify the location of the sale and must be located on private property.

C. No garage sale sign may be located on utility poles, traffic control devices, on public property, or the public rights of way.

D. No garage sale sign shall be displayed prior to one day before the sale or after one day following the sale. The use of said sign is limited to seventy two (72) hours per sale and it shall be the duty of the property owner who displayed the sign to remove such.

E. Persons who display and/or post garage sale signs shall be required to remove said garage sale signs no later than twenty four (24) hours after the garage sale.

One longtime Nationals attendee expressed his concern about the City's actions.

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