Dumpster Permit Information

Do you need a permit to have a dumpster on your job site? Short answer: It depends!

Whether you’re breaking ground on your dream landscaping project or finally clearing out all the old junk from the garage (and making room for the car), you’re going to need a roll-off dumpster to handle the mess. If you’re considering renting a roll-off dumpster, your city may require you to have a permit to place it at your location, depending on the circumstances. Here’s a quick guide to help you figure out whether your renovation, landscaping, home cleanup, or construction project requires a dumpster permit.

roll-off dumpster rentals require permit for residential home renovation

When Do I Need a Dumpster Permit?

Generally speaking, you do not need to secure a permit for dumpsters placed on private property. For most home construction projects, you can place a dumpster in a residential driveway with no need to get the city involved. However, if you’re planning on putting a dumpster on any street, sidewalk, or otherwise public property, you’ll have to consult the city government or your homeowner’s association to ensure your placement is legal.

For commercial construction projects, dumpster permits are subject to the same rules as a residential project. Even if your job site is on private property, different restrictions apply in different cities. In some jurisdictions, a municipality may require a permit for any dumpster placed within the public view.

How to Get a Dumpster Permit

If you want to avoid any potential fines, it’s in your best interest to do some quick research and contact your local city government regarding permit requirements. Luckily, most cities make it reasonably easy to pull a permit for a dumpster rental over the phone or online, but you might have to stop by the public works office in person. Depending on the city, the rental company may be responsible for securing the permit. The experts at ASAP Site Services are happy to help you navigate the process every step of the way, so contact us if you need assistance.

Before you call the city to inquire about a permit, it will be helpful to have some details ready so you can describe your project and your plan for dumpster placement.

You’ll need:

  • The property address and the property owner’s name
  • The name of the rental company (ASAP Site Services)
  • The length of the rental period
  • The exact spot where you want to place the dumpster on the property (make a note of any potential hazards or obstructions)

The permit fee will vary depending on your local regulations, but it generally shouldn’t exceed $100. Keep in mind that some jurisdictions may apply different fees depending on the size of the dumpster.

Once you’ve got all the required information about your rental, you should be able to find the permitting instructions on your city’s website. In many cases, you should be able to fill out and submit the dumpster permit request online. However, if you run into any trouble, contact the appropriate city government department to find out how to submit.

Quick Tips

Dumpster permits are often covered by a municipality’s Public Works department, though some cities may require you to contact the Department of Transportation for placements that may impede traffic. If you’re having trouble finding dumpster permit requirements for your city, you might also try to search for “right-of-way” permits or “road occupancy” permits, which should cover the placement of your roll off dumpster rental on a public street.

In some instances, you may need to take additional traffic precautions, like surrounding the dumpster with flashing barricades or traffic cones. You should also be sure to ask the city about any parking restrictions or emergency precautions to consider (for example, fire hydrant clearance). Due to differences in processing times, we recommend applying for a permit at least one week in advance of your scheduled delivery date, though many cities can approve the permit request within 24 hours.

dumpster permits are required for most construction projects

Any Questions? Contact Us!

ASAP Site Services has a wealth of experience with supplying customers all over the country with roll-off dumpster rentals. Don’t let permit requirements get in the way of your dream project! If you’ve got questions or simply can’t determine whether you need to secure a dumpster permit, our experts are here to help. Give us a call at (800) 477-0854 or email us at [email protected] with any questions related to permitting requirements for your city. ASAP Site Services is here to make sure your rental experience is hassle-free and straightforward.

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