Are Yard Sales Legal in California?


Are Yard Sales Legal in California?

Yard and garage sales are an excellent way to clear your home of clutter and to generate some extra money.

The good news is that California doesn’t have any laws that restrict you from having a yard or garage sale. As far as the state is concerned, they’re perfectly legal. However, that doesn’t mean you’re free to move your stuff into your front yard and start selling it.

While the state doesn’t have any rules governing yard and garage sales in California, many local branches of government do. In addition, several California cities don’t forbid yard and garage sales but have rules you’ll have to follow when you decide to sell your unwanted items.

Some cities and townships require a permit for yard and garage sales. The good news is that these permits aren’t challenging to acquire and don’t cost much. The best way to obtain a permit for a yard or garage sale in California is to visit your city clerk’s office. You can do this in person or online.

The biggest restriction most cities/townships place on garage and yard sales is the number you can have during a given period. Pasadena is a city that has such a restriction. You’re allowed to sell your items via a yard or garage sale, but if you live in Pasadena, you can only have a maximum of four garage sales annually. One of the ways you can get around this is by connecting with a few neighbors or friends and having joint yard sales.

While the state of California doesn’t restrict your ability to have a yard or garage sale, they do have some rules about what you can sell during the event… or rather, what you’re not allowed to sell. Three specific things that are prohibited are:

  • Alcohol
  • Ammunition
  • Firearms

Food sales are also heavily regulated.

Many cities have rules about selling certain chemicals, such as pool supplies, at yard sales. It’s also common for some items like hot tubs and large appliances aree banned by the city.