NNPD FORM #309 (rev. 10/12)
PERMIT APPLICATION FOR RUMMAGE SALE
(On-line Version – To be mailed in, once completed)
Please read the city code before completing the application.
SEC. 37-1. PERMIT FOR RUMMAGE SALES, FOOD SALES, BAZAARS AND FLEA MARKETS
(A) No person shall conduct any sales, commonly known as “rummage sales,” “food sales,” “bazaars,” or
“flea markets,” at which is offered for sale food, secondhand, used or new clothing or wearing
apparel or other used or new articles of whatever character, without first having obtained a permit
therefore from the city manager or the manager’s designated representative. The applicant shall pay
the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) for such permit. Any permit issued hereunder shall be limited in
duration to one (1) week from the date of its issuance, except that permits for flea markets shall be
limited in duration to one (1) day. No permit issued pursuant to this section shall be transferable.
(B) No permits shall be issued hereunder for the conduct of any rummage sale, bazaar or flea market
within two (2) blocks of a business conducted by a regularly licensed merchant handling or dealing in
secondhand or used clothing or wearing apparel or other used articles of whatever character. Food
sales may be held at locations approved by the city manager of the manager’s designated
representative and designated in the permit.
(C) Except as provided herein, no person shall receive more than (3) permits pursuant to this section in
any one (1) calendar year.
1. The health director of the director’s designated representative may permit additional
temporary food sale permits for those persons who have consistently complied with
applicable regulations and who have consistently exhibited good food handling practices.
2. Persons receiving permits for temporary restaurants as defined by the Rules and
Regulations of the Board of Health, Commonwealth of Virginia Governing Restaurants shall
comply with those regulations and any additional requirements imposed by the local health
department. Failure to comply with the terms of such permits or with applicable regulations
may result in immediate suspension of a permit or in the denial of future such permits.
(D) This section shall not apply to rummage sales, food sales, bazaars or flea markets conducted for the
benefit of religious or charitable causes when held upon the premises owned or occupied by the
organization conducted the same.
(E) Any violation of this section shall constitute a Class 4 misdemeanor.
1. If you do not fit the criteria set out in 37-1 (D) above regarding religious or charitable causes,
you must enclose a $10.00 check or money order payable to the City of Newport News with
the rummage sale application. DO NOT SEND CASH.
2. If you are a religious or charitable cause, please send proof of your exemption status (i.e.
Federal I.R.S. exemption number).
3. In addition to the completed application, the applicant must provide written permission from
the property owner (if the premises are not owned or occupied by their organization).
4. Mail completed application, copy of exemption status (if applicable), written permission to
use the property (if applicable), and the fee to:
Newport News Police Department
Records Management Division
9710 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, Virginia 23605