Mailing Address

Development Services Dept
Code Enforcement Unit
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, Texas
78283-3966

Request for Code Services

Residents: 311
   Outside: (210) 207 6000

Office Phone Numbers

Phone: (210) 207 7881
FAX: (210) 207 0199

Garage Sale Permits


A garage sale permit is required within San Antonio city limits.

Garage / Yard sales are regulated by ordinance #67681 and #98184 of the City of San Antonio Municipal Code. A permit is required for all residential garage / yard sales on premises zoned or used for residential purposes and may be obtained at any of the following locations:

  • City Online Payments
  • Customer Service Centers
  • Development & Business Services Center
  • H-E-B Grocery (participating stores only)

  • Permit Limitations
    The department shall issue one (1) permit for each garage sale. Each residence is allowed four (4) garage sales per calendar year per location not to exceed one (1) garage sale per quarter.

    No permit shall be issued unless the applicant has first paid the director a garage sale operator's fee of sixteen dollars ($16.00) for each permit obtained in person and sixteen dollars and fifty cents ($16.50) for each permit issued by mail. However, payment of the fee shall not be required to obtain a permit for the fourth garage sale held by an operator at the same residence during a calendar year. The applications for such free permits shall only be made at the city's development business and services center and the city's community link centers. Operators must submit the receipts showing payment of the garage sale operator's fees for their three (3) previous qualifying garage sales in order to obtain the free permit.

    Sign Display
    A sign no larger than four (4) square feet in area may be displayed on the premises announcing the sale during the permitted time of sale. No sign advertising of the sale shall be posted on telephone poles, light standards, street signs or the City right-of-way. Not more than two (2) signs placed in the property lawn shall be permitted and must be removed by the last day of the permitted sale.

    Glue / Paint Sales
    It is unlawful to sell glue or aerosol paint to a minor.

    Violations
    Violations of such rules are subject to a fine of up to $50 for the first two convictions not to exceed $500 for each thereafter.

    Questions
    Questions regarding garage / yard sales may be directed to Customer Service / 311 System by dialing 311 within San Antonio city limits.

    City of San Antonio Code of Ordinances (Municode)