Yard Sales


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It’s yard sale season, and while picking up a unique find might seem harmless, picking up a COVID-19 infection is not.
At all times, everyone should be taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Become familiar with these before holding or going to a yard sale. If you or anyone in your home are feeling ill (even if your symptoms are mild), do not host or go to a yard sale. Stay home, self-isolate and contact a health care provider.

To keep yourselves and others safe consider selling items online or set up appointments for buyers to limit the number of people gathering at one time, if possible.

If you are holding or going to a yard sale, take these measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

If you are holding a yard sale:
Ensure there are no large gatherings at the yard sale at one time. Outdoor events are limited to no more than 10 persons.

  • The greater number of people at your yard sale increases greater potential for spreading COVID-19. Physical distancing must be maintained with anyone outside of your household.
  • You are responsible for preventing crowds and ensuring people stay 2 metres or 6 feet apart from one another at all times.
  • Consider using signs, chalk, or other markings to show buyers where to stand to keep a safe distance. 2 metres is about the length of an adult-sized hockey stick or mattress.
  • Wear a face covering and encourage your visitors to wear one too.
  • Use of face coverings is recommended by Medical Officers of Health in situations where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Wearing a face covering will also give your visitors confidence that you care about their safety. Consider posting signs at entry points to wear a mask. This will be a friendly reminder. 
  • Provide 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Ensure it’s used often, especially after any exchange of money.
  • Reduce contact when exchanging money.
  • If able, set up a contactless payment method, such as e-transfer. If exchanging money, maintain 2 metres distance (e.g. buyer provides payment and then steps back 2 metres, seller makes change if needed, then steps back 2 metres, etc.).
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.
  • Such as tables and countertops often with household cleaner or diluted bleach solution. Ask buyers to avoid touching items for sale unless they are making a purchase.
  • Do not allow buyers into your home.
  • Keep items for sale in an open space outdoors or well-ventilated area .     

Effective May 1, 2016, all yard sales shall be registered with the Town of Hanover. Residents having a yard sale can download the registration form and submit in the drop box or mail to the Municipal Office, or by email to civic@hanover.ca, at least one week in advance of having a yard sale. Residents will benefit from free advertising of their yard sale via the Town of Hanover website.

Sales are permitted a maximum three (3) times per year at any one (1) location and for no longer than two (2) consecutive days.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Download Yard Sale Application Form - Please note you need to save the form on your electronic device prior to submitting.

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Yard Sales FAQ

We’ve been watching and collecting your questions, comments and complaints about the recent announcement of residential yard sale registration requirements. Please find our responses below.

Is there a charge to register?

Will there be a charge to register in the future?

Then why is registration required?
By-laws are usually complaint driven. Registration has been introduced because there have been many complaints from neighbours about long-term yard sales. Registration also provides the information we need to post your yard sale on our website.

Is the comprehensive zoning by-law new?
No. The by-law has been around since 1974.

What about the sign bylaw… we’re now banned from posting signs on poles?
The sign by-law prohibits signs from being attached to any municipal poles/posts/trees/garbage cans, etc. The sign bylaw is in place to enhance safety and cleanliness, reduce clutter, etc.

Will this increase work load and require new staff?
No. With compliance this will actually minimize staff time required to monitor yard sales and deal with all of the complaints received.

Does this type of by-law exist in other municipalities?
Yes. The comprehensive zoning by-law is a common by-law for most municipalities, and like Hanover, it is enforced on a complaint basis. This by-law regulates the use of land.

Free website advertising, so what?
Our website has great traffic! We’ve had 30,000 visits since January 1/16, just two and a half months! This week alone, the yard sales page had 3000 visits. So, we think, this is a bonus for you, free advertising and promotion of your yard sales! However, if you don’t want the free website advertising, we won’t include you on the list.

It rained! What happens to my date?
Don’t worry, if it rains and you cancel, this date will not be used towards your three dates. They only count when you have the sale.

If there are any other questions or inquiries, please give Ken Campbell, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer a call, 519.364.2780 x 1249. Thank you!