WATSONVILLE The Watsonville Police Department is reminding the public that anyone who wants to sell their unwanted knickknacks, old appliances and piles of clothes in yard or garage sales must have a permit to do so.
Not having a permit is a violation of Watsonville Municipal Code.
The announcement to the media is an attempt by police to tamp down on non-permitted garage and yard sales without immediately starting to write citations, said WPD Lt. Jorge Zamora.
We want to educate the public first, he said.
It is also a violation of the municipal code to put up signs on poles or other areas in the city.
According to municipal code, people having garage sales may put up a sign no larger than three square feet immediately outside their residence, but not anywhere else in the city.
Permits are valid for two consecutive days, cost $19 and are limited to no more than one per household every six months. They are available in the front office of the police department.
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