May 21, 2015 1:13 pm

What you need to know about holding a garage sale in Saskatoon

People search through hundreds of records at an Edmonton garage sale. Garage sales are in full swing in Saskatoon and for those holding them, there are a few bylaws to remember.

Morris Gamblin, Global News
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SASKATOON – Warm weather means garage sales are in full swing in Saskatoon. If you are having a garage sale, there are some city bylaws to remember.

Garage sales can take place on any site in a residential or industrial district with the following parameters:

  • Sales on residential sites are held by a resident of the dwelling;
  • By a non-profit group associated with a place of worship;
  • Public school;
  • Community association; and
  • Other similar groups or organizations.

No more than four garage sales can take place at one site during the calendar year, and no one sale can last for more than three consecutive days.

A permit or licence is not needed to hold a garage sale.

Retail sales of new articles are prohibited.

The best way many people advertise garage sales is through signs, but it must follow the temporary sign bylaw. People not following the bylaw could face a fine and the city will remove illegal signs.

So what are the bylaws?

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The sign can have a face area of .06 square metres – approximately two feet by three feet.

There can be no more than two sign faces.

The top can be no higher than one metre above ground level.

Signs must be self-supporting. They cannot be attached to any city property including street light poles, traffic signal poles and fences.

Signs can only be put up at the beginning of the sale and must be removed immediately following the sale.

What signs are prohibited?

Balloon signs or other inflatable devices, electronic message boards, kites and portable signs.

Signs that resemble any traffic control device are not allowed.

Where can I place those signs?

Signs that meet the requirements can be placed on city right-of-ways as long as they follow the setback requirements:

  • A minimum of two metres from the curb or nearest driving lane;
  • At least one metre from any city sidewalk or pathway; and
  • A minimum of two metres from any fire hydrant.

Garage sale signs are not allowed on any centre median, traffic island or sidewalk.

There are also a number of streets and buffer strips where temporary signs are prohibited:

  • Circle Drive except that portion between Warman Road and the CNR spur line west of Avenue C
  • Idylwyld Drive except that portion between 20th Street and the CNR overpass north of 39th Street
  • Airport Drive
  • The interchange at the south junction of Highways 11 and 16
  • 11th Street between Chappell Drive and the west city limit
  • College Drive between Cumberland Avenue and the east city limit
  • 22nd Street between Witney Avenue and the west city limit
  • Betts Avenue between Hart Road and the south city limit
  • 33rd Street between Steeves Avenue and the west city limit
  • Range Road, 3063 and 3064, between the north city limit and the south city limit
  • 71st Street between Idylwyld Drive and Wanuskwin Road
  • Millar Avenue between 60th Street and the north city limit
  • Attridge Drive between Circle Drive and McOrmond Drive
  • McOrmond Drive between Highway 5 and the north city limit
  • Agra Road between Central Avenue and the east city limit
  • Betts Avenue between 22nd Street and Hart Road
  • Battleford Trail between Hughes Drive and the west city limit
  • Claypool Drive between Airport Drive and the west city limit
  • Avenue C between 45th Street and Idylwyld Drive
  • 51st Street between Idylwyld Drive and Warman Road
  • Lenore Drive between Warman Road and Primrose Drive
  • Central Avenue between Attridge Drive and the north city limit
  • Lowe Road between Agra Road and Nelson Road
  • 8th Street between Moss Avenue and the east city limit
  • Boychuk Drive between 8th Street and Highway 16
  • Preston Avenue between Circle Drive (north) and 14th Street
  • Preston Avenue between Circle Drive (south) and the south city limit
  • Clarence Avenue between Circle Drive and the south city limit
  • Lorne Avenue between Circle Drive and the south city limit
  • Warman Road between 33rd Street and 51st Street
  • Wanuskewin Road between 51st Street and the north city limit

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