Deltonans who want to sell their unwanted household stuff and make a little cash may soon have to notify City Hall of their intention.
The same goes for charitable, civic and other nonprofit groups planning a sale as a fundraiser.
Is it really necessary for the city to regulate such neighborhood bazaars?
“Yes,” said Deltona Senior Planning Manager Ron Paradise.
“It’s about 1 percent of the people that cause 90 percent of the rules,” he added. “There are some people who are professional garage-salers. They go around to sales and buy stuff and then put [the items] in their own yard sales. And the neighbors will say, ‘Not again! Not another yard sale!’”
The City Commission May 6 tentatively approved a draft ordinance on garage and yard sales.
The proposed law would allow residents to conduct as many as four such sales per year at their homes — rather than the two-sales-per-year limit now in place — but the temporary merchants would have to register their sales.
The proposed law also allows nonprofit organizations, such as churches and civic groups, to stage as many as four rummage sales annually, as long as they, too, register and secure a city permit.
“They can register online at no cost,” Paradise said.
If they fail to register their garage or yard sale, Deltona code-enforcement officers stand ready to act.
“Enforcement of failure to register a garage/rummage sale will be cessation of the event,” the pending measure reads.
Other points in the ordinance include:
— Residents would have to wait at least four weeks between garage or yard sales, and nonprofit groups would also be required to wait at least four weeks between the end of one sale and the start of another.
— Garage- or yard-sale hours must be between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
— Each such sale will be limited to no more than three consecutive days.
The City Commission passed the ordinance on first reading with a unanimous vote. The second and final public hearing and vote are scheduled for June 3.
On a related note, the commission passed on first reading a measure allowing those having a sale to post as many as four directional signs pointing patrons toward the sale.
That measure likewise will be up for final action June 3.