City of Whitehouse to require permits for garage or estate sales

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Looking to get rid of little Billy’s old toys in your garage? If you live in Whitehouse, you’ll now need to get a permit.

On Thursday, the City of Whitehouse released a statement letting residents know a $5 permit will be required for all garage or estate sales. Each location can only purchase three permits a calendar year.

If a neighborhood has a garage sale, each participant must pay the fee. Garage sales can only take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The ordinance will go into effect on November 1, 2016.

The city also has an entire section in their policy dedicated to garage sale signs.


A. No more than three (3) signs may be allowed per Garage Sale. Signs shall be allowed with consent of the property owner at off-site locations.

B. Signs shall be limited to a maximum area of four square feet and a maximum height of three feet when measured from the ground to the top of the sign.

C. Signs shall be removed promptly after a Garage Sale.

D. A Garage Sale permit must be obtained before the placement of signs.

E. The address of the Garage Sale location must be on the sign.

F. Pennants, spinners, balloons, streamers, flags, wind signs or other similar devices shall not be attached to any sign.

G. Signs shall be permitted in city street right-of-way, but shall not be placed in any street median on any fence, sign pole, utility pole or other fixed objects in the City right-of-way.

H. Signs shall not be placed in such a manner as to obscure vision at any intersection, traffic sign or signal.

I. Any sign found illegally placed will be immediately removed and discarded.

Application and additional information can be found on the city website at…/permitsbuilding-inspection/.

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