You can apply for a permit at City Hall in the Business License Division. The cash only fee is $15. You must provide an ID that reflects the residence where you will be holding the garage sale. If you have recently moved, you must provide a current utility bill (e.g., water, gas, or electric) with the correct address along with your photo ID.
You are allowed 1 permit over a 6-month period per address, and garage sales can only take place on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of the month. If you reside in an apartment building, you must bring a letter from owner/manager approving the use of the outdoor area where you will be holding the sale.
You can display 2 signs advertising a garage sale. The signs can only be placed in your front or side yard, at least 5 feet away from the curb or sidewalk, and each sign cannot exceed 6 square feet in area. Signs must be removed from your yard by 6 p.m. on the day of the sale. No flags, banners, pennants, or similar items are allowed.
The city prohibits signs placed on public property. This means you cannot display a garage sale sign on/at the following locations:
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the city clean from unwanted materials. For more information visit the office or contact the office at 323-563-9527.
Yes, choose a friend / family member that can get the license on your behalf. Print a letter stating they have your permission to obtain a garage sale permit under your name. Your friend / family member can then bring in the printed letter along with your ID and their ID to obtain the permit. All other restrictions apply, please refer to the Garage Sale Permits page for more information. Garage Sale Permits Page
Business Licenses Division
8650 California Avenue
South Gate, CA 90280
Monday - Thursday
7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.