Residents do not need a license to hold a garage sale. However, please be aware that you cannot post signs on any public right of way, which includes street signs and telephone poles. Police personnel will remove any signs in violation.
Zoning Ordinance Section 4.77(3)
3. Garage, yard and estate sales or auctions
a. Sales are allowed for a period not to exceed 3 consecutive days.
b. No more than 2 sales are permitted from the same residence in any 12-month period.
c. A temporary use permit is not required for a sale, provided they are conducted by the property owner.
d. All signs for sales are regulated by Section 7.27(B)(5).
e. Sales conducted by professional auctioneers or other on-site household liquidation specialists shall be licensed by the City Clerk, in conjunction with Chapter 26 of the Birmingham City Code. (Application Form)
For further information, contact the Clerk's Office at 248.530.1880.
For questions regarding signage, please contact the Planning Department at 248.530.1850.