Oakley Urges Compliance with Sign Ordinance

Press Release

Photo provided by City of Oakley

Did you know that posting of a sign for a garage sale often results in unintentional damage that costs Oakley tax payersʹ money? The image above is just one such example of a utility box whose repair will costs the City money to remedy.

In the event you would like to hold a sale, we want to make you aware of some important regulations as found in the Oakley Municipal Code 9.5.112:

  • No more than three (3) sales per calendar year may take place at same address;
  • Sales shall not exceed three (3) calendar days per event;
  • Sales may operate during daylight hours only;
  • Signs announcing sales may NOT be posted in the public right‐of‐way or on any public property (this includes streets, landscaped medians; landscaped strips along roadways, on telephone poles, power poles, street lights, street signs, City trees, or on sidewalks or curbs); Signs, up to a maximum of four (4) square feet, may be placed on the site of the sale or on other private property WITH permission of the property owner; and
  • All signs must be removed at the conclusion of the sale. Any signs placed on utility poles, traffic lights, traffic signs, street signs, fire hydrants or trees will be removed and the cost for removal and any damage caused by the sign will be charged to the person sponsoring the garage sale. Those responsible for placing these signs illegally are also subject to a citation.
  • There have been many instances of signs illegally placed on public property and not even removed afterwards. Again, be advised, that Code Enforcement Officers Duct tape used to adhere illegal sign, damaged recent artwork donated by local artist can cite you for illegally posted signs and can charge you the cost of recovery and any damage caused to City property.
  • Social media is also a great tool for advertising your garage sale. Sites such as Close 5 and Facebook are known to drive customers to your sale and we encourage you to consider using them when promoting your sale in place of paper or cardboard signage.


To encourage compliance with Code regulations on signage and to help minimize the need for signs, the City does offer a FREE community service for any resident wishing to post a garage sale notice on the Cityʹs web site. The City of Oakley does not endorse or support any sale posted on these pages, but the posting does provide a convenient place for people to know where the sales are taking place.  To learn more about publishing your sale on our website click here . Please be advised that posting requires a weekʹs advance notice.

The Code Enforcement Division aims to work in partnership with the residents of Oakley to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. Help us promote a community appearance we can all feel proud of and maintain property values by complying with City municipal codes.

If frequent garage sales are a problem, or if the contents of those sales do not fit the profile of a garage sale, concerned neighbors can call our Code Enforcement Division at 925‐625‐
7031 or email [email protected].