Administration and Regulatory Affairs

Garage Sales and Yard Sales Permitting

*** NOT REGULATED BY City of Houston

  • There is no City of Houston "garage sale permit."
  • The Office of the State Comptroller regulates sales of this type.  Residents are allowed to have only two such sales within a twelve-month period.  Any more than two and the resident is recognized as a business and must obtain a sales tax permit from the state.  
  • Residents should be aware that many subdivisions prohibit solicitation and commercial businesses within residential areas of a neighborhood, and such activity is often restricted.  
  • Residents seeking to operate a business from their homes must meet other city requirements, including obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy.