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A permit is NOT required to hold a garage sale, but only TWO garage sales, not to exceed two consecutive days, may be conducted in a calendar year by anyone individual, household group, family, or multi-unit property.


  • Garage sale hours are limited to 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • One single-face sign, not larger than 2-feet by 3-feet, may be posted on the premises where a sale is being held for the duration of the sale, and must be removed immediately thereafter.
  • No merchandise may be displayed in the public-right-of-way, on front porches, or within the front yard of interior lots, or the front yard and/or side yard of corner lots.  
  • Never post nails or place signs on trees, utility poles, sign posts, parkway or other city property, or other off-site premises (with the exception of your own vehicle which must be properly parked on the street to advertise your sale). Advertising in a newspaper is a good alternative.
  • Violations of garage sale regulations are subject to immediate closure of the sale and a possible misdemeanor criminal complaint filed with the city attorney's office.
  • Although no permit is required to hold a garage sale, temporary use permits may be required for other types of sales (such as holding a boutique sale). 


  • Never operate a garage sale by yourself. At least two persons should always be available to watch persons coming onto the premises to browse the items being sold.
  • There should only be one designated cashier so buyers can’t claim they paid someone else.
  • All transactions should be cash only; never accept personal checks, business checks or payroll checks. Use a locked cash box or a fanny pack and keep only a very limited amount of money on you at any time. If someone wants to break a large bill, such as $100 for a small item, tell them you will be happy to hold the item if they want to go get change.
  • Cut down on possible theft by having a 12 to 15-foot buffer zone between the road and your items.
  • All entrances into the residence should be securely locked, including backyard gates.
  • Never allow anyone to go inside your residence for any reason, including using the bathroom.
  • Call the Code Enforcement Division at 626-570-3230, if you have concerns about garage sale regulations.
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The blue container for recyclable items is for disposing glass jars and bottles, plastic jars and bottles, metal and aluminum cans, and all clean paper. View a list of items you can and can't recycle. Do not place clothes in your recycling cart or leave large bags of clothes on the curb as Republic Services will not pick them up. Take them to a charity or Goodwill collection site. (Download a list of items accepted/not accepted by Goodwill).  Local donation centers include:

  • The Salvation Army, 1010 East Main Street, Alhambra, call 626-281-2100 or 1-800-SA-TRUCK
  • Vietnam Veterans of America, call 1-800-775-VETS or 1-800-775-8387
  • Goodwill Pasadena Donation Center, 112 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, call 626-449-3721

95-96 GALLON CONTAINER: 180 lbs; H 46-3/8 x W 25-1/4 x D 26-3/8

65-65 GALLON CONTAINER: 90 lbs; H 42-1/8 x W 25-1/4 x D 26-3/8 

32 GALLON CONTAINER: 50 lbs; H 38-1/2 x W 19 x D 22-1/4

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