Bryan City Council Repeals Garage Sale Permit Ordinance

The city of Bryan has one fewer ordinance on the books.

The city council at December’s meeting, without discussion, adopted a staff recommendation to eliminate the 37 year old requirement to get a garage sale permit.

Just over 1,300 permits were issued in Bryan in the 12 months ending in October.

According to the staff report, it was a hassle for Bryan residents to go downtown to get a permit and it put a strain on city resources that could be better utilized in assisting customers with building permits and inspections.

Staff also determined for the last seven years, no one complained about anyone having too many garage sales. That was the reason the council instituted a garage sale permit in April of 1984.

While permits are no longer required, the city of Bryan has other ordinances that limits garage sales to one every four months, each sale can be up to three days in length, only used or discarded items of personal property may be sold, and they must not create a disturbance or become a neighborhood nuisance.

Click HERE to read and download background information from the December 14, 2021 Bryan city council meeting.

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