PORTABLE STORAGE CONTAINERS (PODs)
Sec. 8-46 of the Municipal Code restricts the use and placement of portable storage units and requires a permit. In residential zones, one (1) portable storage container per property is allowed for no more than sixty (60) days per twelve month period. Portable storage containers cannot be placed in a public right-of-way (i.e. the street or on-street parking space) and must be at least 6 ft. from any property line. The maximum allowable size is: 8 ft. in height, 8 ft. in width, and 16 ft. in length. The fee for a portable storage container permits is $25.00.
YARD SALES and GARAGE SALES
Sec. 20-7 (f) of the Zoning Ordinance allows for private noncommercial sales in residential zones (i.e. yard sales, garage sales, lawn sales, etc.) provided that a permit is obtained. An individual yard sale cannot operate for more than thirty-six (36) cumulative hours and may not constitute a nuisance due to traffic, noise or volume of customers. A yard sale permit must be displayed at the sale site. Signs advertising a yard sale may be posted on private property and in public right-of-ways from 4 p.m. Friday till 12 noon the following Monday, prodivded none of the signs exceeds 3 sq. ft. in area. Signs cannot be attached to trees, utility poles, public benches, street lights, walls or fences.
No more than two (2) yard sales can be held at the same property within a given calendar year. To obtain a yard sale permit, an application must be submitted at the office of the Department of Community Planning and Business Services, located at 8103 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, Maryland 20707. in most cases, yard sale permit applications can be processed and a permits issued while you wait. The fee for a yard sale permit is $5.00.
SIDEWALK DISPLAYS and SALES
Sec. 14-12 of the City Code requires a permits to be obtained to utilize public sidewalks for commercial and retail uses such as sidewalk sales, outdoor customer seating, and merchandise display. Sidewalk Displays must meet the following criteria in order for a permit to be issued:
- Must not block reasonable pedestrian access and flow (i.e. force pedestrians to walk off the curbb and into the street in order to by-pass the display);
- Must meet all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in regards to sidewalks and pedestrian traffic areas;
- Must comply with all Federal, State, and local laws (i.e. to serve alcohol, the business owner must have a valid Prince George's County Liquor License)
Failure to obtain a Sidewalk Display Permit will result in the issuance of a municipal infraction. In addition, the City has the right to remove, immediately, any furniture, tables, display or other materials from the right-of-way at the cost of the violator.
Sidewalk Display Permits are valid for one (1) yeaar from the date of issue. To obtain a permit, a Sidewalk Display Permit Application must be submitted to the Department of Community Planning and Business Services, along with a plan showing the configuration and location of the display. The fee for a Sidewalk Display Permits is $25.00.
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