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Why are continuous yard sales allowed every weekend along Kerr Avenue?

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“Why does the city of Wilmington allow the continuous ‘yard sales’ every weekend at the Builders Supply parking lot on Kerr Avenue? Isn’t there a city ordinance that limits the number of yard sales per year?”

And the answer:

Yard sale sign

Yard sale violations can be reported to the city Code Enforcement office.

If a group or individual is holding yard sales every weekend in the parking lot, the group or person has been getting away with it unbeknownst to Wilmington code enforcement officials and would be considered a violation of city code.

Malissa Talbert, communications manager for the City of Wilmington, said the city is unaware of such yard sales taking place at that site on the weekends.

“The use of vacant lots for yard sales every weekend within the city limits is not allowed according to the city’s current regulations,” Talbert said. “Such frequency at the same location would require a ‘Temporary Use’ permit and would be allowed for two weekends. Then, the code stipulates that there be a 45-day wait before the same lot could be used again for a temporary use of any kind.”

According to Talbert, regulations concerning yard sales for individuals are specified in City Code Section 18-318 which states “Yard sales shall be limited to two (2) occurrences within a twelve-month period; each occurrence may only be for one (1) day and only during daylight hours.”

“Anyone who has concerns about a possible violation of City Code, including a situation such as the one described (yard sales at the parking lot), should contact the City’s Code Enforcement Division at 341-3266,” Talbert said. She said when residents notice such incidents that violate city codes they should “make the city aware” and file a complaint with the Code enforcement Division, which will then investigate the matter.

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4 Responses to “ Why are continuous yard sales allowed every weekend along Kerr Avenue?”

  1. On November 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm Billy wrote:

    An easier explanation as to why these people have been getting away with this is because code enforcement does not work on weekends. They also do not work any more than they have to and unless you make them mad, they don’t do anything that increases their workload. How do I know this? I worked for them for eight years.

  2. On December 8, 2011 at 8:17 am betsy wrote:

    What is the problem with the yard sale…some people like them…..

  3. On December 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm Barry wrote:

    Well Betsy,

    The traffic pattern on Kerr avenue does not conduce a “rubber-necking” effect on those who slow down or “”STOP”” in the traffic lane to look over those precious goods (A.K.A. JUNK) that these illegal flea marketers are presenting. I do not know why the city is so continuously DENSE in these practices.

    Barry (with a camera)

  4. On December 12, 2011 at 9:22 am steve wrote:

    Are these local community people really causing that big of a problem? I commend them for trying to make a little extra money during these economic times. I think the code officials could find something more important to work on than to pick on these citizens.



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