A tentative effort to require people who want to have a yard sale get a city permit died on Tuesday in the Urban County Council's Services Committee. Eleventh District Councilwoman Peggy Henson had introduced the measure, saying that people having regular garage sales, operating them almost like small weekend businesses, was a chronic problem in parts of her district.
However, 12th District Councilman Ed Lane said several of his constituents had complained that yard sale permits smacked of too much bureaucracy.
The city allows residents to have two yard sales each year, each lasting no more than three consecutive days. One sign may be posted in the yard.
Building inspection director Dewey Crowe said his office received 14 complaints about illegal garage sales in 2009. He said the city usually gets compliance when people are notified. "Most people just don't know the limits," he said.