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Dumpster Permit Information

When Do You Need a Permit for a Dumpster Rental?

Dumpster permits are generally only required if you are placing your roll off container directly on a street, sidewalk or any type of public property. These are commonly referred to as street or right-of-way permits and are issued by your city's public works or building department.

If you are placing your dumpster in your driveway or a privately owned space, you will not need a street permit. If your neighborhood has a homeowners association, you may also need permission from them before placing a dumpster on a residential street.

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How to Obtain a Dumpster Permit

The permit process varies from city to city. In some places, the responsibility for obtaining a permit is on the company providing the dumpster, in which case you won't have to get one yourself. In other locations, the customer is responsible for obtaining the permit.

To find out if your location requires a dumpster rental permit, who is responsible for it and how to apply for one, follow the steps below or give us a call and we’ll help you out.

Step 1: Find Out if Your Location Requires a Dumpster Permit

Give us a call at 866-284-6164 and a service representative will tell you if you need a dumpster rental permit and if we can pull it for you before setting up your order.

Step 2: Contact Your Public Works Department and Homeowners Association

If you are responsible for obtaining a street permit, contact your city's public works or building department. They will provide you with the appropriate form to fill out. Depending on the city, this process can be done in person, over the phone or online.

Processing times can vary between cities. For that reason, we recommend applying for a permit at least a week before you need the bin. While most applications can be completed in a day, it may take time to enforce no parking zones and create space on the street for your dumpster.

Fees for dumpster permits vary depending on the type of project and the length of time the dumpster will occupy the street.

Additionally, if your neighborhood has a homeowners association you should double-check their bylaws to ensure you can keep your dumpster on the street or in your driveway.

Step 3: Schedule Your Dumpster Delivery

Once you’ve received your permit, let us know and we’ll schedule your dumpster rental. In some cities, we may need a copy of your permit or the permit number to complete your order. Our service representative will let you know beforehand so we can set up your delivery ASAP.

Permit Requirements in a Few of Our Largest Service Areas

City* Who Pulls the Permit Who to Contact
Atlanta Customer Call the Office of Transportation at 404-330-6501.
Chicago Dumpster Company  
Cleveland Customer Contact the Division of Assessments & Licenses at 216-664-2174.
Denver Dumpster Company  
Los Angeles Customer Contact the Department of Public Works at 213-847-6000 or complete the online permit application.
Minneapolis Dumpster Company  
New Orleans Customer Contact the city’s Department of Public Works at 504-658-7100.
New York City Dumpster Company  
Newark Customer Contact the City of Newark at 973-733-6400 or apply for a debris container permit online.
San Diego Customer Contact the Development Services Office at 619-446-5000.

*These requirements apply within city limits only.

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