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.

Most dumpster rental companies take care of the basic permit requirements necessary for you to obtain the container; however, placing the container on a public street usually requires that you obtain permission from the local parking enforcement or permit office. Not doing so 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.

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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