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Are you breaking the law? Rules regarding garage sales and signs in Brainerd

These garage sale signs at the intersection of S. 6th St. and Willow St. are illegally posted in a street right-of-way, city of Brainerd City Planner Mark Ostgarden said. (Contributed photo)

Summer and garage sale seasons go hand-in-hand, and city officials want to remind residents of the regulations regarding garage sales and signs.

Brainerd City Planner Mark Ostgarden said city regulations state a garage sale cannot last more than 72 hours or occur more than four times at a given location within one year.

Signs identifying garage sale locations have started to pop up as well, Ostgarden said, with several major street intersections becoming a popular location for signs. Garage sale signs are permitted in the community with the following limits:

• One off-premises sign is permitted on private property, which means permission is required from the landowner where the sign will be placed.

• A sign is allowed for a period of seven days prior to the garage sale.

• Signs should not be more than 6 square feet in size and not more than 3 feet in height.

Garage sale signs are not permitted in any street right-of-way, meaning signs appearing at street corners are violating the city ordinance. Garage sale signs observed by city staff and determined to be in a street right-of-way will be removed and disposed.

Residents with questions should call the city of Brainerd at 218-828-2309.