The City of Evanston today launched a new online tool that claims to offer residents a way to promote yard sales while also helping enforce rules limiting such sales.

A city ordinance limits yard sales on any residential property to three times per year and another ordinance says you can only put out two signs promoting the yard sale and only on private property during the sale hours.

The city’s new yard sale map will let residents find permitted sales around town and an online form lets would-be sellers apply for a free yard sale permit.

Previously, it seems, any enforcement of the yard sale restriction had to be complaint-based. But with the new sale signup form the city will have a record of how many times a homeowner has held a sale.

As of this noon the city’s map listed two yard sales to be held over the next month.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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