Log in

Previous Post | Next Post

Yard sale laws/getting permits?

I googled this, but couldn't seem to find what I was looking for. What are the laws about having yard sales at your own house? Do you have to get a permit, or do any paperwork for them? I've never had a yard sale in Richmond, so I just wanted to double check. Thanks in advance!


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 22nd, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
You're specifically not governed by the laws that govern street vendors, but past that I didn't find anything in the city code about garage or yard sales.
Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I figured if I didn't find anything specific about it, no one probably cared that much
Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
After almost four years here I can say that I have never seen the police breaking up a yard sale.

(Although I imagine that that would be a not half bad beginning to a mediocre romantic comedy.)
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
Where I'm from, yardsales get pretty wild. j/k That sounds like the beginning to a GREAT romantic comedy though! ;)
Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
I had a yard sale recently and I never got no stinkin permit, but maybe I was in violation of something and didn't even know it. The only thing I ever heard is that you can't have frequest yard sales; i.e, one every weekend (although I have also seen people do that, so I doubt it's really enforced).
Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me!
Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
You just have one. Nobody regulates them.
Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Great! That's what I was guessing, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to double check since some places can be strict about that
Mar. 22nd, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize that, actually. Weird. But yeah, it's nice that you can just have one. You might want to advertise it on craigslist. btw.
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, some places you can actually be fined 100+ dollars for having one without a permit :\ Not cool, especially since I've never had a yardsale that made close to that money, so it would be totally out of pocket
Mar. 24th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
I've never known a permit needed for yard sales for the Richmond metro area, but some other localities in Virginia do require them:
Norfolk: (http://www.norfolk.gov/revenue/persprop/yardsale.htm ) and the cities near it: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth.

Also Colonial Heights, South Hill, Blackstone and more


Edited at 2011-03-24 01:23 pm (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Permits for yard sales are hilarious! I love the idea of it. "We are going to charge you money to sell your old crap to people, so you should probably just throw it out and put it in our landfill."
Mar. 25th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
I don't understand it myself.

from http://hamptonroads.com/2009/05/do-you-have-garage-sale-permit-norfolk-checks

The permit's purpose is to "keep down the riff-raff in communities," she said.

"Most people wouldn't be too happy if their neighbor was having a habitual yard sale every weekend."

I don't think I've ever seen this happen in Richmond which doesn't user permits.
( 13 comments — Leave a comment )