Garage and Estate Sales are sales of personal property held on the premises of a single family or multi-family (apartment or condominium) building. These sales are commonly referred to as lawn sales, yard sales, attic sales, rummage sales, moving sales, patio sales, and estate sales. The owner, tenant, or occupant of the property must obtain a Garage Sale Permit (see “Permit” below).
A Garage Sale may be held no more than once every six (6) months. Apartment and condominium buildings are also restricted to one sale every six (6) months regardless of the number of units in the building. The sale is limited to two (2) consecutive days which may not be split up over two weekends. The permitted hours of the sale are from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Garage sale merchandise may only be displayed in a permanent structure, a back yard, or any rear or side yard on the property that is not visible from or does not front a public street. The area between the sidewalk in front of the residence and the street (the parkway) may not be used to display or store any merchandise.
Rules governing Garage Sales are addressed in Ordinance 92-O-2160 which became effective January 8, 1993; to read the Municipal Code section click here.
Garage Sale Permits are issued by the Community Development Department; the current fee is listed in the Development Fee Schedule on page two in the “Miscellaneous Development-Related Fees & Taxes” section.
To apply for a Garage Sale Permit submit an application to the Community Development Department. Applications are available at the Permit Center on the First Floor of City Hall or you may download a copy here. The following information is required:
Signage and Advertising
When the Garage Sale Permit is approved, the Community Development Department will issue a sign to the applicant that must be used to advertise the garage sale: this is the only sign that may be used to advertise the sale. The Municipal Code restricts this sign to a maximum of three (3) square feet. If the property where the sale will be held is a corner lot, one additional sign no larger than three (3) square feet may be displayed in the side yard facing the other street. No flags or any other device intended to attract attention to the sale may be displayed. The sign may not be displayed anywhere other than on the private property and may not be placed on or inside any vehicle.
Suspension and Revocation of a Garage Sale Permit
The Community Development Department or the Chief of Police may suspend a Garage Sale Permit for any of the following reasons:
Note: If the garage sale permit is suspended for any reason, the applicant must end the sale immediately and remove all signage and all the items offered for sale.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Q: How often can I have a garage sale?
|Q: What about apartment and condo buildings? If someone else in my building had a garage sale recently, do I have to wait to have one of my own?
A: Yes; since no single location can have a garage sale more than once every six (6) months, you have to wait six (6) months from the date the last garage sale in your building ended.
Q: How early can I begin my garage sale, and how late can it go?
Q: Can I hold the sale wherever I want on my property?
Q: Can I post signs in and around the neighborhood to let people know about the sale?
To make an appointment to apply for a Garage Sale Permit, phone 310-285-1141.