SPRINGFIELD, Mo - -

Having a garage sale is a great way to make some extra cash, but before you hang your signs out in the front yard, it's important to check your city ordinance. If you don't, you could get a ticket.

The Springfield ordinance says:

  1. You must register the sale with the city
  2. You can only have 2 sales per year
  3. Each sale can only last a total of 3 days

"We understand - we all accumulate things throughout the course of the year, and it's a good way to dispose of some of those items," explained Buffee Smith with the Springfield License Department. "The problem occurs when someone has too many because of the problems it poses for the neighborhood, or if they're literally trying to operate a small retail store out of a residential home area.

Traffic can also be problem for neighbors.

"If you have a lot of people at your sale on a narrow residential street, other homeowners or residents in the area lose their ability to find a parking spot - it's hard to get in and out," said Smith.

Also a part of the city ordinance is where you can place your signs. You are allowed to put them in your yard, or in your neighbor's with their permission. You are not allowed to put them on utility poles, or in the city's right-of-way.

To register your garage sale for free, call 417-864-1617, or go to www.springfieldmo.gov.

The City said one of the benefits to registering your sale, is the online directory. You can search for garage sales by date and by neighborhood.