Do I need a permit to rent a dumpster?

Roll-off dumpster truck

If you’ve never rented a dumpster before, and you need one for a cleanout or home renovation, it’s important to know the legalities involved. In some cases, this means obtaining a permit from your local building permit office.

Many dumpster rental companies take care of the basic permit requirements necessary for you to obtain the container or at least point you in the right direction on how to obtain one. Not acquiring the proper permit could result in fines. If you plan to have the roll-off container placed somewhere on your property, such as a driveway, you won’t have to obtain additional permits to do so.

When you’ll need a dumpster permit

In situations where the dumpster will be dropped off and placed in the public right-of-way, a permit is required in most cities. The public right-of-way includes public streets, sidewalks or city-owned property. You cannot block or hinder the flow of traffic or block sidewalks without first applying for and obtaining a permit from the local permitting office.

To find the department in charge of permitting in your area, search online for “[your city] dumpster rental permit”. It is general the Public Works or Transportation Departments that handle it. You can email or call the entity in charge of permitting to get more information.


RELATED: How to get a Dumpster Permit


Most cities do not require a permit if placing the dumpster on private property, such as your own driveway or yard. Keep in mind that HOA / neighborhood rules may apply in some situations, so be sure to look into that to ensure your dumpster placement complies.

Roll-Off Dumpster Placement Tips

The dumpster rental company can help determine the ideal location for the placement of the container. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the drop-off:

  1. Make sure the rental company has easy access to the drop-off site.
  2. Never have the container placed on soft ground, such as grassy areas.
  3. Have some plywood on-hand to place underneath the container’s wheels. It helps prevent damage to concrete and asphalt.
prevent driveway damage-dumpster rentalWood blocks help prevent damage to driveways.

Following these simple tips will help ensure you follow your city’s dumpster placement regulations, minimize damage to your property, and speed up the drop-off and pickup of the container.


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