Dumpster Permits

When You Need One and How to Get It

Dumpster Permits

When You Need One and How to Get It

So Exactly What Is a Dumpster Permit?

A city or county issues a dumpster permit to residents or contractors seeking to rent a roll-off dumpster. The necessity for a permit, as well as the specific type required, depends on the municipality and the location where the dumpster will be placed during the project.

Typical Permit Names

As permitting requirements vary by town, so does the name of the permit.

Some of the most common names you will run across are:

Street closure Permit
Dumpster Permit
Street Use Permit
Right-of-Way Permit


When is a Permit Needed?

If Your Dumpster Will Be Placed on the Street

A permit may be necessary if you intend to keep your roll-off dumpster on the street or sidewalk, especially if it obstructs public right-of-way. This holds even for a modest 10-yard dumpster, which could pose risks to motorists, impede visibility, or disrupt city road operations. Obtaining a dumpster placement permit ensures that city authorities are informed about the temporary on-street placement and holds residents or contractors accountable for adhering to relevant rules or regulations.

Dumpster placed in street

In specific instances, you might not require a permit for placing your dumpster in a public right-of-way. However, it may be necessary to inform the local administration building or police department. Your local government office will guide you on whether a permit is needed and provide information on the appropriate channels for communication.

When placing your order, our knowledgeable team members will assist you in selecting the optimal location for delivering your roll-off dumpster. Suppose your town prohibits street placement or you prefer to avoid the hassle of a dumpster permit application. In that case, we will collaborate with you to identify suitable options for placing the dumpster on private property.


For Driveway Placement

While uncommon, certain cities enforce regulations regarding the placement of dumpsters on private property, such as driveways. In such instances, you might be required to obtain a dumpster permit, even if your bin does not extend into a sidewalk or public street.



If You're Governed by a HOA 

Delivered Dumpster in a Residential Driveway

Your homeowners association, abbreviated as HOA, establishes and enforces regulations and bylaws for residents within a self-governing neighborhood, condominium community, or cooperative. Even if the municipality does not impose specific permits or restrictions regarding roll-off dumpsters, the HOA may have its own set of guidelines. Residents in communities governed by an HOA are obligated to adhere to its terms and comply with any associated fees.

Dumpster Permit Application Process

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Check Your Local Municipalities Website

Explore your local government's website to find information on available permits. Start by checking if there is a "How Do I?" tab at the top of your town's website; it may contain a link to "Apply for permit."

Additionally, some websites organize permits on specific department pages. Visit the pages for departments such as Public Works, Building, Zoning, Planning and Development, or Street. If there is a search bar on the website, consider searching for keywords like "dumpster," "dumpster permit," "right-of-way," or "permits" to locate the relevant information.

Give Bargain Dumpster a Call

To streamline your project, we aim to save you time by identifying the appropriate permit or department for you whenever possible! Simply enter your zip code and review the Frequently Asked Questions for your town to see if we've already provided a link to the necessary dumpster permit in your area.

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Call Your Local Government

If you are unable to locate an online dumpster permit application, your next course of action should be to contact your local government office. The specific department responsible for permits may differ from city to city, but some frequently encountered departments include:

  • Clerk’s Office
  • Public Works Department
  • Building Department
  • Zoning Department
  • Planning and Development Department
  • Street Department
  • Police Department

Reaching out to your local government through a phone call provides you with the chance to inquire and obtain the most comprehensive information. It also allows for discussions with local officials regarding potential options if street placement is not permitted.

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Call Your HOA

Locating the contact information for your HOA can be a challenging task. Unless you already have it readily available, some investigation is required. Search for your community's name or subdivision in your county recorder's office or the state division of corporations. The name should be specified in your property deed or mortgage documents.

Look specifically for your HOA's declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R). These documents typically contain details about the location and contact information of your HOA board, along with any applicable bylaws and restrictions.

If you encounter difficulties in finding the necessary information, consider reaching out to your real estate agent or title company for assistance.

Bargain Dumpster is Here to Help

With significant experience in the communities we operate in, our team may not directly issue the required dumpster placement permit. However, we are committed to informing you about the necessity, type, and process of obtaining the permit. For personalized assistance, please call us at 888.229.9302 to speak with a member of our team.

In certain jurisdictions, the responsibility for obtaining the dumpster permit may fall on the dumpster rental service rather than the homeowner. We will clarify whether applying for a permit is your responsibility or ours when you place an order for your roll-off dumpster.

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So When Should I Get My Dumpster Permit?

Once you've reserved your dumpster rental, it's essential to obtain any required permits before the scheduled delivery. Factor in the approval time for permits when planning your cleanup project timeline, as processing times vary among cities. It is advisable to apply for a permit at least one week before the designated delivery date. While most permits are approved within a day, factors such as implementing no-parking zones and arranging street space for your dumpster may take additional time.

In certain cities, we may require a copy of your permit or its number to finalize your order. Our team member will inform you if this is necessary, and it's crucial to promptly provide your permit information to avoid any service delays.

For queries regarding the optimal placement of your dumpster, feel free to contact our team. Our dumpster rental experts are available to guide you through the process and assist in choosing the most suitable location for your roll-off container.

Dumpster Permit FAQ's


  • Is a dumpster permit required?

    Should your city’s municipal code mandate a dumpster placement permit, obtaining one is a prerequisite before we can proceed with your rental delivery. This permit serves two primary purposes: A) Allowing the use of property that isn’t yours, and B) permitting the placement of a dumpster in your driveway, provided specific requirements are met.

    Placing your bin in the street can result in the obstruction of parking spaces and/or necessitate a lane closure, requiring city resources for management. Consequently, some cities stipulate the need for a permit for street placement of dumpsters. This permit essentially establishes an agreement between you and the city, aiming to minimize public inconvenience while working in the right-of-way.

  • How much does a dumpster permit cost?

    While fees for permits vary by location and the type of project.  Generally, they run less than $200.

  • What can happen if I don't get the proper permit?

    Failure to possess the required permit during delivery may lead the driver to opt against dropping off the bin, resulting in a trip fee imposed by Bargain Dumpster. If the bin is delivered without the necessary permit, your city may issue a citation and instruct the removal of the bin. Additionally, if Bargain Dumpster has to relocate your roll-off dumpster due to your fault, a trip fee will be incurred on your part.

  • Can I place my dumpster in the street?

    The permissibility of placing a dumpster on the street depends on your town’s ordinance or your Homeowners Association’s regulations. Budget Dumpster can deliver a bin to the street as long as the customer obtains any required permit in advance. If a dumpster permit for street placement is necessary and not obtained before our arrival, the driver will refrain from delivering the bin, and a fee will be incurred. It’s important to be aware that we are unable to drop off a dumpster on a street with a steep incline.

  • How long can the dumpster stay on the street?

    Every municipality has its regulations. The time constraints on a dumpster permit depend on the location and the nature of the work being undertaken. Generally, time limits can span from a few days to a month. Our customers typically opt for an average rental period of seven to 10 days.

  • What information do I need to provide to get the permit?

    Your government office may request information such as the rental period dates, a traffic control plan (if necessary), and details about the project. Additionally, you might be required to submit a diagram illustrating the planned placement location of the roll-off dumpster.

  • Will I need a permit if placing the dumpster in my driveway?

    Occasionally, certain towns mandate residents to obtain a permit prior to the delivery of a roll-off dumpster to their driveway. In instances where the dumpster is placed in a driveway or on private property, the city or Homeowners Association seeks confirmation that it is a temporary addition to the property. Verification may also be necessary to ascertain the purpose of the dumpster rental, especially if it is associated with other projects requiring building permits.

  • How long can I have the dumpster in my driveway?

    This differs among cities. Even if a permit is unnecessary for keeping a bin in your driveway, your city may have specific dumpster placement regulations, including duration restrictions. Time limits typically range from a few days to a month in most areas, with our standard rental period averaging seven to 10 days.

Do You Have Additional Questions About the Permitting Process?
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