Published On: Thu, Feb 7th, 2019

The City of Boca Raton Seeks to Curb the Number of Garage Sales with New Ordinance

By Robert S Weinroth

The City of Boca Raton has announced new rules intiated to control the time and number of garage sales a resident can hold each year. The new regulations were promulgated to curb, what some within our community felt were intrusive activities by neighbors hold frequent garbage sales, disrupting the fabric of their communities.

The following information has been provided by the City to help residents comply with the new rules.

Bargain hunters don’t despair, garage sales will still be happening in a neighborhood near you, but only between 8AM – 5PM.
The Boca Raton City Council recently passed Ordinance 5470: Garage Sale Permitting & Regulations.
This new law regulates garage sales in neighborhoods within City limits. Residents must obtain a free permit prior to having a garage sale. The permit limits the hours of the sale and the number of sales a resident can have in a calendar year.
These new rules will help ensure that frequent garage sales at the same location don’t become disruptive in a neighborhood. The ordinance was proposed by City staff and unanimously passed on October 10, 2018.
Instead of heading into City Hall to fill out a permit, residents can simply fill out a garage sale permit application ONLINE and receive their approved permit by email. Applications will typically be approved by Code Enforcement within 24 hours, Monday – Friday. Once the application is approved, homeowners must comply with the garage sale permitting regulations that can be found on the City’s website.
  • No more than four permitted garage sales are allowed at the same residence each year.
  • Hours of operation: 8AM – 5PM
  • One sign permitted on the premises.
For more information on the garage sale permit or to submit an application, please visit the City’s Code Enforcement webpageor contact Ashley Telfort, Code Compliance Specialist at atelfort@myboca.us or 561-393-7825.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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