Belmont’s New Yard Sale Bylaw Begins This Weekend

Belmont residents considering holding a yard sale this weekend will now need an advanced permit as the Belmont Town Clerk’s Office has the town’s online permitting site up and running.

As most Belmontians will recall, Town Meeting members adopted this spring a new General Bylaw setting limits and requirements for those holding private sales – including garage sales, tag sales, moving sales and other related private sales.

And the Massachusetts Attorney General approved the bylaw last month, becoming effective on Sept. 25.

“If you intend to hold a Private Sale as defined in the bylaw, you must first register and receive a free permit issued by the Town Clerk’s office,” said Town Clerk Ellen Cushman.

Residents can file for the Private Sale permit by going to the Town Clerk’s webpage on the town’s website and select Yard Sale Permit. Below is how the page appears:

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Registering for the free permit takes less than two minutes as the resident fills in  an online form with the date, time, address of the sale and contact information about the sponsor; the free permit will be emailed automatically; residents who do not have access to email may call or visit the Town Clerk’s office and the staff will be happy to help.

The Town Clerk’s office is reached at 617-993-2600 or townclerk@belmont-ma.gov .

As a side benefit of the new bylaw, yard sale enthusiasts may use the web page to view a map of registered Belmont yard sales or print a list or registered yard sales for the upcoming two weeks.

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