Property Use Permits

Permits are available various property, to explore the regulations and rules for each section, select a tab (listed on the left) below.

Garage/Yard Sales Permit Program

A garage/yard sale permit is required within San Antonio city limits for all residential garage / yard sales on premises zoned or used for residential purposes.

A permit must be obtained before the start of the sale from one of the following locations:

Permit Limitations

The department shall issue one (1) permit for each garage sale. 

No permit shall be issued unless the applicant has first paid a garage sale operator's fee of sixteen dollars ($16.00) for each permit obtained in person or sixteen dollars and fifty cents ($16.50) for each permit issued by mail. 

Each residence is allowed four (4) garage sales per calendar year per location not to exceed one (1) garage sale per quarter. The fourth (4th) garage sale held by an operator at the same residence during a calendar year is free. Operators must submit the receipts showing payment of the garage sale operator's fees for the three (3) previous qualifying garage sales in order to obtain the free permit.

NON-PROFIT Organization's RUMMAGE SALES

Register any church, charitable, or non-profit organization with the City's Development Services Department in order to hold a maximum of twelve (12) Garage Sales per year. While non-exempt, you must still purchase the garage permit; however, there is no fee for this registration.

garage sale Sign rules

  1. A limit of two (2) signs are allowed on the property. The signs should not exceed a measurement of four (4) square feet in surface area.
  2. Signs must be staked on the garage sale operator's private property (not closer than five (5) feet to the front or side property lines).
  3. Signs shall be temporary signs in nature only. 
  4. Signs can only be posted for two (2) days prior to the sale, and must be removed by the last day of the permitted sale. The person(s) who owns or rents the property on which the garage sale is held (or advertised to be held) are responsible for the signs.
  5. cannot be attached to utility poles, streetlight standards, street signs, or other public facilities.

ORDINANCE INFO

Garage / Yard sales are regulated by ordinance #67681 and #98184 of the City of San Antonio Municipal Code.
Violations of such rules are subject to a fine of up to $50 for the first two convictions not to exceed $500 for each thereafter.

Questions regarding garage / yard sales may be directed to Customer Service / 311 System by dialing 311 within San Antonio city limits.

Donation Container Program

The program is designed to regulate and permit donation containers that are placed in private open spaces as well as to provide more accountability of property owners for the maintenance, upkeep, servicing and signage for donation containers.

Program benefits:

  • decreases illegal dumping practices
  • ensures cleaner areas around donation containers
  • ensures property owners have given permission for donation containers to be on their property
  • encourages accountability/responsibility for maintenance of donation containers by property owners and non-profit organizations.

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Metal Recycling Program

The program ensures all metal recycling facilities in San Antonio are:

  • Inspected on a monthly basis as required by City Code
  • All violations, especially life-safety violations, are resolved in a timely manner
  • Any illegally operating facilities are investigated and properly permitted or shut down.

The annual permit fee for a metal recycling entity license is $250. After applications are submitted and processed, invoices are distributed.

For more information please contact Code Enforcement Services at 210.207.5466.

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Scrap Tire Program

The program registers scrap tire facilities in San Antonio to ensure used and scrap tires are:

  • Stored appropriately
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Transported safely
  • Disposed properly

The annual registration fee is $250 for all scrap tire facilities. After applications are submitted and processed, invoices are distributed.

For more information please contact Code Enforcement Services at 210.207.5466.

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Used Automotive Parts Recycler

The program is designed to ensure that all licensed Used Automotive Parts Recyclers are:

  • Inspected on a monthly basis as required by City Code 
  • All violations, especially life-safety violations, are resolved in a timely manner
  • Any illegally operating facilities are investigated and properly permitted or shut down.

The annual permit fee for a used automotive parts recycler license is $575.

For more information please contact Code Enforcement Services at 210.207.5466.

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secondhand/refurbished mattresses: Sales/retail or Germicidal Treatment Providers

To protect the health and safety of the general public, the San Antonio City Council approved an ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health, of the City Code by adopting secondhand/refurbished mattress consumer protection regulations, effective March 1, 2016.  In general, any Mattress Retailer or Germicidal Treatment Provider in the City of San Antonio must be permitted through the Development Services Department and pay a bi-annual fee as provided by this ordinance.

To receive a permit, 1) complete the Secondhand/Refurbished Mattress and/or Germicidal Treatment Providers Permit Application for each business location; and 2) pay the initial bi-annual fee of $220.00 per location to sell used mattresses or $110.00 per location for Germicidal Treatment providers. Future registrations for retail permits will be subject to the graduated fee schedule per City ordinance.

Additional Expectations:

  • Germicidal cleaning of secondhand/refurbished mattresses by approved/registered treatment provider
  • Adequate signage in storefronts to identify sale/rent of secondhand and/or refurbished mattresses
  • Labeling of secondhand/refurbished mattresses indicating compliance with germicidal treatment
  • Signed acknowledgement forms from customers understanding type of mattress purchased
  • A logbook to track treated mattresses by retailer and treatment provider
  • Separate storage of secondhand/refurbished mattresses from new mattresses
  • Secondhand/refurbished mattresses which have not been treated will not be displayed on sales floor

For more information, please contact Code Enforcement Services at 210.207.5466.

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