Do I Need a Permit to Rent a Dumpster?
Posted on November 26th, 2013 by Residential Waste Systems
Most people who look into dumpster rental don’t realize that they may need a permit. While you won’t need a permit from the dumpster company in order to rent it, you may need a permit to have it on your property. Read on to learn the situations in which you may need a permit before having your dumpster delivered, and discover the easiest ways to find out.
Most Homeowners Don’t Need a Permit
If you won the property on which you want to place a dumpster, then it’s likely you don’t need a permit. However, this isn’t always the case. Some towns, homeowner’s associations, and condo boards have their own rules. Don’t assume that just because you’ve seen a neighbor renting a dumpster that means you’re allowed to as well. For one, you don’t know if they even looked into the rules around dumpster rental, and for another they may very well have obtained the permit they needed.
You May Already Have a Permit That Covers Dumpster Rental
If you need a dumpster because you’re adding an edition to your home, or are otherwise making major changes to your home, then you have likely already secured the necessary permits for the improvements you’re making. You may be surprised to discover that those permits also cover dumpster rental. Take a close look to see if you’re already covered.
Contact the Appropriate Boards or City Officials
If you’re not sure if you need a permit, then simply contact the officials in your area. Start with city wide or municipal offices. Simply ask them if a permit is needed for dumpster rental. If that’s a go, then look into any rules that affect your specific home, such as condo boards, or homeowner’s associations. Remember that just because the city allows it doesn’t mean that there aren’t other bodies that forbid it.
Carefully Consider the Information You Gather
Don’t simply glance at the ordinances in your area and assume they apply to you. For example, you may need a permit to install a permanent dumpster, but if you’re simply renting it for a few days then you may not need it. The Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions listed on your Homeowner’s Association or Condo Association may say it’s not allowed, but there may be a rule that you can override the denial with permission of a certain number of committee members. If they’ve been wanting you to cut down that old tree in your yard for years, then they may be happy to approve a weekend dumpster rental permit.