Do Trailer Dumpsters Require a Permit?

do trailer dumpsters require a permit

When it’s time to clean up waste, debris, or junk from your home or business, a trailer dumpster is a useful tool for getting this type of DIY project completed efficiently.

Before getting started, it’s important to know the rules and regulations pertaining to dumpster and trailer rental usage in your area.

The first thing to consider is whether or not a dumpster permit is required when renting a rubber-wheeled trailer dumpster for construction projects, light demolition, home cleanouts, and other jobs.

Is a dumpster permit required for trailer dumpster rental?

The simple yet frustrating answer to this question is, “Maybe.”

While trailer dumpster rules compared to traditional roll-off containers can be less restrictive in some cities, a dumpster permit may still be required in your situation.

When a Dumpster Permit Is Required

Anytime you obstruct the public right-of-way for an extended period of time with a large object, such as a construction trailer or dumpster, a permit is almost universally required across the country.

Examples of when a permit is required:

  • Placing the trailer on a city street
  • Blocking an alleyway with a dump trailer
  • Placing the trailer dumpster on the public sidewalk
  • Setting the trailer on public property

There may be exceptions to this rule based on local laws.

For example:

  • Smaller dumpster trailers under a certain size or length
  • Live-loading situations where the dumpster is loaded and hauled away immediately

Please check with a local dumpster rental company to learn more.

You can also contact your city’s Public Works or Transportation Department (whichever department handles permitting) via their website or giving them a call.

When a Dumpster Permit Is Not Required

Placing the trailer dumpster on your private property generally will not require a dumpster permit from the City.

This would include your driveway, yard, or other private property that would not obstruct the public right-of-way if a dumpster were to be placed there.

It’s important to always check with a local dumpster rental provider or with your City regarding whether a dumpster permit is required in your specific situation.

Benefit to Renting a Trailer Dumpster

There may be a few benefits to renting a trailer dumpster over a roll-off container, depending on your situation.

Here are a few advantages to each type of dumpster (size, price, etc. being the same):

Trailer Dumpsters

  • Rubber wheels lessen the chance for damage to driveways, sidewalks, yards, curbs, etc.
  • May be more acceptable to use when HOA rules prevent roll-off container usage
  • Easier to reposition if necessary

Roll-Off Dumpsters

  • More readily available and larger size options
  • Container swap-outs are easier
  • Better for heavy debris (ex. concrete)

With no black and white answer to the question of whether a dumpster permit is required for trailer dumpster rental, the only surefire way to obtain this information is to search your local government website to determine permitting requirements, and/or contact a local dumpster rental provider to inquire about any requirements in your situation.

Contact your local permitting office or dumpster rental provider well in advance of needing the dumpster onsite. The permitting process can take several days or longer in some cases. You also need to ensure the dumpster size you need is in stock when you need it. Don’t wait until the last minute! This is true even if your dumpster rental provider provides same or next day delivery.

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