Garage Sale Season

With summer’s arrival, many of us are cleaning out closets and other spaces in our homes. Oftentimes that leads to thoughts of hosting a garage sale and perhaps making a few dollars.

Every spring and summer we receive phone calls from residents wanting to know if there are any city code regulations pertaining to garage sales. The regulations for garage sales in Eden Prairie are as follows:

Garage sales may occur only on properties zoned Rural, Single Family or Multi-Family, where a dwelling has been erected and occupied.

How Many
No more than four (4) garage sales can occur at a dwelling in a 12-month period.

How Long
No sale shall exceed a period of four (4) consecutive days.

Residents are allowed one (1) sign at the site of the sale and two (2) temporary offsite directional signs. Signs cannot exceed 6 square feet and should not be placed within any street right of way or upon any public easement. Signs can be placed one day prior to a sale and should be removed one day after a sale.

For more information, please see Eden Prairie City Code Chapter 11 [PDF].

Although we are not aware of any problems with counterfeit money being passed at garage sales in Eden Prairie, there have been reported incidents of fake money used at yard sales in other parts of the country. If you’re concerned about money you’ve received, check out the U.S. Currency Education Program for tips on how to spot counterfeit bills.

Submitted by Jim Schedin, Zoning Administrator