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Yard Sale Permit

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The City of Franklin requires a permit for all yard sales conducted in the city limits of Franklin. The permit fee is $5.00.  You may pay and obtain a permit online using the Pay Online button at the bottom of this page.

Guidelines for holding yard sales in the City of Franklin:

Reference Section 4.2.4 (8) of the Franklin City Zoning Ordinance
  • The yard sale event shall not create a traffic problem or inhibit the use of the road or street by public or emergency vehicles.
  • Sales are to be limited to the daylight hours, are required for each occurrence and are good for up to two (2) consecutive days.
  • Each residence may have up to four (4) permits in any calendar year.
  • The permit must be prominently posted on the site where the yard sale is being conducted for the duration of the activity so that it can be seen by appropriate city officials.
  • If a sale is not held on the dates for which the permit is issued or is terminated during the first day of the sale because of inclement weather conditions, and a statement by the permit holder to this effect is submitted, another permit may be issued for a sale to be conducted at the same location within thirty (30) days from the date when the first sale was to be held.
  • The applicant to whom a permit is issued, and the owner or tenant of the premises on which a sale is conducted, shall be jointly and severally responsible for the maintenance of good order and decorum on the premises during all hours of the sale.
  • The permitee will not allow loud or boisterous conduct on the premises.
  • The permitee will not permit vehicles to impede the passage of traffic on streets in the area of the premises. Vehicle parking shall be conducted in compliance with applicable laws and ordinances.
    The permit may be revoked, or refused, if the application contains false, fraudulent or misleading statements.


  • Signs are either On Premises (located on the property where the sale is held) or Off Premises (a location other than the place where the yard sale is held.
  • Signs are not allowed on public rights of way and may not be posted, attached, nailed, stapled, etc. to any utility pole, sign, post, street sign, medians, etc. Anything in front of or on light pole or traffic signs is not permitted.
  • You are allowed one On Premises sign with a maximum of 6 square feet per side.
     Off Premises signs must be a maximum of 6 square feet per side and located on private property only.
  • Off Premises signs should be mounted on stakes and, after written permission is obtained, placed in the yards of private individuals. Balloons are not allowed on directional signs.
  • Off Premises signs may be put up no earlier than three (3) days prior to the event.
    All signs must be removed by the close of sale activities or by the end of daylight the last day of the sale.
  • Confiscated signs can be recovered by calling (615) 550-6641.

Yard sale permits are required for each occurrence and are available by the following methods:

  1. In person at Suite 141 at City Hall.
  2. Print form and mail with check to P O Box 705, Franklin, TN 37065-0705
  3. Online via website, a convenience fee will apply.

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