Planning & Community Development

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Yard/Rummage Sale Signs

Section 22-2(a) of the City’s Code of Ordinances governs the placement of signs advertising rummage sales, homes for sale, open houses, or business/ contractor advertisement signs in the public right-of-way. The right-of-way includes the sidewalk and the area between the sidewalk and the curb, commonly called the outlawn. If there is no sidewalk, this area would be considered about 15 feet or more from the curb line towards the residence.

In response to Midland citizens' input on the issue, City Council adopted a resolution in October 2006 that allows for the placement of rummage/yard sale signs as long as certain requirements are met. Those requirements are listed below, and outlined in the YouTube video at right.

  • Yard/rummage sale signs may be placed on your property for up to four (4) consecutive days.

  • The maximum size of each sign may be six (6) square feet.

  • The top of each sign must be no more than 30” above the elevation of the crown of the roadway.

  • Each sign must have the owner’s name and address affixed to it.

  • Signs in locations other than the site of the advertised activity may only be placed with the consent of the owner of the private property abutting the public right-of-way on which signs are located.

  • Signs placed in the public right-of-way may not obstruct or otherwise interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

  • Each sign may be placed inside the public right-of-way from Thursday at 8:00 a.m. to Monday at 8:00 a.m. After Monday at 8:00 a.m., signs must be removed.

In addition, the Code of Ordinance stipulates that signs may not be attached to trees, power poles, or signs in the outlawn.

Additional Thoughts on Rummage/Garage Sales: No permit is required to hold a garage/rummage sale. In general, such sales are limited to three (3) days per event with no more than three (3) events per year. For more information, contact the Planning Department at 989-837-3374.

Election Signage

For details on proper placement of election signs in the city, click here.

Wayfinding (Directional) Signage

For details on the green and red directional signs posted throughout the city of Midland, click here.

Other Signs

For information on the City's regulations regarding the use and placement of other types of signs, refer to Section 22-2(a) of the Code of Ordinances, and Article 8 of the Zoning Ordinance.