Dumpster Permits

Know When You Need a Permit for Your Roll Off Dumpster

Do you need a permit for the dumpster you’re renting? The answer depends on where you plan to place your container. A residential driveway, which is the most common location, doesn’t typically require a permit.

But what happens when your driveway isn’t an option? To help keep your project on track, we compiled some basic information about dumpster permits in case you need one for your rental.

Can You Put a Dumpster in the Street? 

Many construction or renovation projects require a dumpster to be placed in a location other than a residential driveway. A permit allows you to place your container in a public space and is commonly required for these locations:

  • Residential streets
  • Sidewalks or walkways
  • Shopping plazas, marketplaces or malls
  • Town squares
  • Parks, public greens or piers
  • Convention centers

If you’re unsure whether you need a dumpster permit for your preferred placement, give us a call and our knowledgeable staff will help you figure out what you need before you place your order.

How to Get a Permit for a Dumpster

Knowing the steps to get a dumpster permit will help you plan ahead and keep your project on schedule:

  1. Call your city’s building or public works department to ask about the process for getting a dumpster permit. 
  2. In some cases, you can find the permit request form on your city’s website. 
  3. Fill out and submit the application form, and wait for it to be processed. 
  4. Most applications are approved within 24 hours, but keep in mind that processing times can take up to two weeks in some cities. 

Information You’ll Need to Request a Dumpster Permit

To streamline the permit process, have the following information on hand:

  • Dumpster rental company’s name and phone number
  • Property owner or applicant’s name, address and phone number
  • Start and end dates of your rental period
  • Exact address and/or detailed description of placement location
  • Dumpster dimensions 

Be sure to mention any potential obstructions in your desired placement area, including:

  • Bus stops
  • Parking meters
  • Loading zones
  • Car-share spaces
  • Taxi or valet stands

Common Rules and Regulations to Know

  • Your city may require you to pay a fee for your dumpster permit.
  • Your permit request may be denied if another permit has already been issued for the same location.
  • Your dumpster must be parked against the curb to allow traffic to pass.
  • Your dumpster cannot block driveways, stop signs or fire hydrants.
  • Your dumpster must be placed at least 20 feet away from street corners.
  • You must place reflective tape and/or cones around the dumpster to make it visible to traffic.
  • If placing outside of your home, contact your HOA to find out if there are any local restrictions.
  • Some cities prohibit dumpsters from being placed in alleyways.

Ready to Schedule Your Dumpster Delivery?

Once you receive your permit, just give us a call. Our team will have the dumpster you need delivered to your home, business or work site ASAP. 

Need help? Talk to a Dumpsters.com Service Specialist.

Call 844-444-3867