Chapter 3.56


3.56.010    Yard sale definition.

3.56.020    Goods or merchandise.

3.56.030    Frequency and hours of sales.

3.56.040    Signs.

3.56.050    Violation – Penalty.

3.56.010 Yard sale definition.

The term “yard sale,” or “sale” as used in this chapter, shall mean and include all general sales, open to the public, conducted on residential premises for the purpose of disposing of personal and household property, including, but not limited to, all sales entitled “garage,” “lawn,” “porch,” “flea market” or “moving” sale. Sales authorized by RCW 36.71.090 are not regulated herein. (Ord. 2026 § 1, 2008).

3.56.020 Goods or merchandise.

Goods or merchandise offered for sale at such sales must consist of goods or merchandise owned by the individual(s) conducting the sales, and shall be of a type and quantity usually found within a residential setting. No goods or merchandise may be brought to and/or sold from the site of such sales which have been purchased or acquired from another source for the purpose of resale at the site of such sales event. Conducting business as a secondhand dealer for the resale of new or used goods or merchandise on a residential premises is a violation of this chapter. All goods or merchandise shall not be visible from the street 48 hours after the end of the sale. (Ord. 2026 § 2, 2008).

3.56.030 Frequency and hours of sales.

Sales are limited to two sales per calendar year per location, not including any city-wide sales. Individuals may not participate in more than two sales, whether acting alone or as part of a group, in a calendar year, not including any city-wide sales. Sales are limited to a period of three consecutive days and shall be held no earlier than 7:00 a.m. and no later than 8:00 p.m. (Ord. 2026 § 3, 2008).

3.56.040 Signs.

Signs may be displayed only on the days of sale and must be removed at the end of the sale. Signs must be freestanding (A-frame, sandwich board, etc.), and may not be affixed to any public structures, utility poles, traffic control devices or trees, and may not obstruct vehicular or pedestrian movement or visibility, or pose a safety hazard. Signs posted on private property must have the owner’s permission. Signs displayed in violation of these regulations may be confiscated by the city of Ritzville, and/or the person responsible for the violation may be cited. (Ord. 2026 § 4, 2008).

3.56.050 Violation – Penalty.

Violation of any provision herein shall be punishable in accordance with the general penalty provisions set forth in RCC 1.02.010. (Ord. 2026 § 5, 2008).