Laws vary concerning where you can or cannot place a dumpster. Also, there are safety concerns and other considerations. Before ordering a rental from a dumpster service, you need to know where you will place the dumpster, and whether you're allowed to place it there. Here are a few things to take into account.
Will You Need a Permit?
If the dumpster will sit on the street, sidewalk, or other public property, there's a good chance you will need town permission in the form of a permit. This can apply if even a small part of the dumpster will touch public property.
Some municipalities don't require a permit, but they may have rules concerning how long the dumpster can sit in a location or how you should position it. Placing the dumpster in an area with a lot of foot or road traffic will almost always require a permit of some sort.
You can figure out if you need a permit or not by checking with your local public works department. You can also ask the dumpster service about permits as well. Some services pull permits on your behalf while others may require you to figure it out on your own.
What About Private Property?
The local laws won't typically matter if you're fully placing the dumpster rental onto private property. Nevertheless, if you're not the property owner, you should seek permission from the owner. If you're bringing the dumpster into a residential area with an HOA, check the bylaws to make sure you're not violating any of them.
Will You Have the Proper Space?
A dumpster rental needs to go into a suitable location. Whether you're renting for commercial property or residential, there are a lot of things you will have to take note of.
For example, you probably don't want a heavy dumpster sitting on your nice lawn and sinking into the ground. Equally, you wouldn't want the dumpster sitting on an incline or anywhere that can turn the dumpster placement into a potential hazard.
In some cases, you may have to sit the dumpster partially on an adjacent property. Make sure you speak with and gain permission from the other property before you do this. Get that permission in writing as well.
Beyond all these considerations, there are also the logistics. You don't want the dumpster out of the way because that will make using it tedious and possibly untenable.
This can all sound like a lot, but it's just practicing due diligence. You don't want fines or liability just because you're trying to throw away some debris. Dumpster professionals like Tri-State Disposal understand all these potential issues, so speaking with a representative in advance of when you need your dumpster rental can go a long way.