Garage Sale Permits

Garage, Yard and Apartment Sale Permits

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A permit is required for all garage, yard and apartment sales that are conducted on residential property within the City of Chicago. Hours of operation are limited to 9am – sunset.

Applications are available for printing below and also are at the 40th Ward Office. Applications need to be approved by the Alderman so please bring your form into the office with identification or fax the form along with a copy of your ID to the 40th Ward Office.

As of October 1, 1996, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance requiring such permits to guard against seemingly perpetual yard sales that actually were serving as unlicensed retail operations in residential neighborhoods. The ordinance limits each household to two per calendar year, unless a third sale is needed because the applicant is moving permanently from their residence.

All such sales are limited in duration to three consecutive days between 9:00 a.m. and sunset. In case of rain, the sale can be held during the next three days after the permit period, but is still limited to three total days. If more than one household is joining in a single sale, each household needs its own permit even if the sale is at the address of only one participating household.

Charitable organizations, churches and schools are exempt from the ordinance. To get your permit, complete the attached application form and mail it at least two weeks prior to the starting date.

There is no fee for obtaining these permits.

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