You found a reliable dumpster rental company near you and rented an appropriate size container for your newest home improvement job when – BAM – a code enforcement officer comes along and you now owe your village hundreds of dollars in fines. What just happened?
You May Need A Permit
Some villages or townships may have permit requirements for that dumpster you are about to use. Many people who are remodeling assume that if they acquire a general permit for work, such as roof installations or drywall, it also covers a dumpster. This isn’t the case.
It doesn’t matter if you are a homeowner or a contractor, you will still need a permit for that bin. The only difference between the two is that a contractor must produce more paperwork proving insurance and worker’s comp.
If you place your dumpster on a street, alley or public sidewalk you will definitely need a permit from the Public Works office but be sure to check with your town’s code enforcement office. You may need a permit for just having one in your driveway.
Where Do I Get A Dumpster Permit?
Check with your local village or township via their website, calling or stopping in. They can give you next steps such as getting the appropriate permit through the Public Works department or right there with the Code Enforcement office. If it’s a Public Works permit, usually you can fill out some simple forms right on their website.
What Happens If I Don’t Have A Permit?
If Code Enforcement comes by and you can’t produce a permit, you can face tickets, fines or even have your dumpster impounded. In some cases, if you don’t pay the fine, you may be looking at jail time. Code Enforcement may show up if they drive by and see work being done or a neighbor may be concerned about noise or rubbish and call them out to investigate.
Don’t Forget Your Budget!
An important thing to keep in mind when planning your project is to account for the permit fee. Be sure to check right away with your village or township because it can be a minimal fee or cost several hundreds of dollars. You don’t want the permit fee to put you over budget for your entire project. By including it as a line item in your project overview you can avoid a scramble to find room in the budget or come up with extra money last minute.
No matter what your project is, be sure to check with your local village or township to make sure you are compliant with their requirements. If you are still unsure with the topic of dumpster permits, your local same day dumpster rental company should have a working knowledge of the areas they serve and be able to give you more guidance.
Now that you have your permit, you are ready to book your dumpster today!