A permit is required to hold a garage sale in the City of Springfield. The permit is free and can be obtained by using the online permit application or by contacting the Licensing Division of the Finance Department.
You can also search for existing garage sale permits.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to contact anyone before I have a garage sale?
You should contact the Finance Department to register your garage sale with the City of Springfield. The permit is free but must be obtained before your garage sale begins.
- Is there a fee to register?
No, there is no fee to register your garage sale.
- What can I sell at my garage sale?
You may legally sell your own items at your own garage sale. You should sell only used, accumulated items, not items purchased for resale.
- How often can I have a garage sale?
You may have two garage sales within a 12-month period. Each sale should last no longer than 3 days.
- How can I advertise my garage sale?
Garage sale signs may be placed in your yard or in your neighbor's yard (with his or her agreement), but they should never be placed in the City's right-of-way (on streets signs, utility poles, between the sidewalk and the curb, and so on). Also, no garage sale signs should look like traffic signs. Garage sale signs may be purchased at several locations throughout Springfield.
- Why are there guidelines for a garage sale?
The City of Springfield passed an ordinance for garage and yard sales for the benefit of the citizens. The main concern is when neighborhood problems arise because of garage sales. Another main concern is that of resale. The ordinance clearly states that a garage sale may not be used to sell items purchased for resale.
- What about charitable organizations?
Charitable organizations that would like to have a garage sale must call the Licensing Division to receive an application. All of the same guidelines apply, except regarding what may be sold at the garage sale.