Permits no longer required for garage sales

For the next year, Fort Worth residents will no longer be required to obtain a permit before hosting a garage sale.

The one-year trial was authorized by the City Council. At the end of the trial period, city staff will evaluate the impact, if any, on compliance complaints. If there is no impact, an ordinance amendment will be brought forward.

The city processes more than 16,000 garage sale permits per year. The change will allow staff to spend more time processing building permits and other high-priority work. The volume of building permits has increased 34 percent to over 13,000 annually since 2012.

Residents must still follow city regulations, which have been in place since 1977:

  • Garage sales are allowed only in residential districts.
  • Each household may hold no more than two sales in a calendar year.
  • New merchandise obtained for the purpose of resale is not permitted.
  • A sale cannot last more than three consecutive days.
  • Only one sign, measuring no more than 2 square feet, is permitted and must be located on the sale property.

Code Compliance already enforces the regulations whether a resident has a permit or not.

To report a garage sale violation, call 817-392-1234.

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