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CITY DEPARTMENTS: Garage Sale Permits
Garage Sale Permits
Garage Sale permit frequently asked questions:
Do I need a garage sale permit? To hold a garage sale in the City of Burnet, you must have a City issued permit. Permits are valid for the dates and location listed on the permit only.
How often can I hold a garage sale and for how long? Citizens are permitted to hold a maximum of four garage sales in any single year, per person or location. The permit will be valid for two consecutive days.
Where do I get a permit? Garage sale permits are issued by the Office of Code Enforcement at City Hall (1001 Buchanan Drive, Suite 4, Burnet.) You must appear in person to obtain your permit. City hall hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for designated City holidays.
Is there a charge? There is not currently a charge for permits, however, no permit will be issued without a valid applicant name, address of sale and the contact phone number for the applicant.
Can I put up a garage sale sign? Signs can be placed on private property only, with the permission of the property owner. Placing signs in the public right-of-way (such as along the roadways) and/or attaching them to a utility pole is prohibited. Signs must be removed within one day after the garage sale.
What must I have on the sign? You must have the address of the garage sale on every sign. Absolutely no “rocks in a box” type signs are permitted.
What happens if I don’t follow the Garage Sale ordinance? Failure to obtain a garage sale permit can result in a fine of up to $100 plus court fees. Displaying a sign illegally on public property carries a $200 fine plus court fees.
How can I get more information on garage sales? Contact the City of Burnet Code Enforcement office at 512.715.3215 or, for a full version of the Garage Sale ordinance, click on Code of Ordinances on the home page of the City's website and search Chapter 86. A pdf of the ordinance can be downloaded from the link at the left of this webpage.