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How to Get a Permit for Your Dumpster Bin Rental

How to Get a Permit for Your Dumpster Bin Rental

Posted by on March 25, 2020
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If you are interested in procuring a dumpster bin rental in Toronto, then you will likely have at least a few questions about the whole process. For instance, if you are thinking of moving, then you may require a rental bin to help remove clutter from your home before you move. In some cases, you may be worried about whether or not you need a permit to use a rental bin on your property.

In reality, whether or not you require a permit may depend on where you plan on erecting the dumpster that you wish to rent. Your current location may also have an impact on whether you need a permit.

In this article, we will discuss whether or not you need a permit to rent a dumpster, and the necessary steps to take to be issued a dumpster rental permit in the city.

Do I even need one?

In some cases, you may not require a permit to rent a bin, so whether or not you need one will depend on several different factors. For instance, you will not need a permit if you wish to place the bin in your yard or on your driveway.

On the other hand, if you plan on erecting your rental bin on the sidewalk, on the street, or even near a public alley, then a permit will be required. In most cases, you will need to contact the Public Works Department in Toronto in order to apply for a trash bin rental permit.

How can I obtain one?

As mentioned, you may be able to set up your rental bin in your yard or on your driveway without the need for a permit. Depending on your project and the unique properties or dimensions of your home and its surroundings, you may need to erect the bin on a public street or sidewalk.

If the aforementioned applies to you, then you will likely require a permit for minor improvements in construction, street use, road occupancy, or public works to use your bin without any legal issues.

We should also note that the permit needed will vary from city to city, but the result will remain constant. That is, you will be allowed to legally place your rental bin in a public space once you have received your permit in the mail.

As for the process involved in obtaining a bin rental permit, it is actually not very difficult. First, you will need to peruse the Public Works Department website of your city in order to fill out the application form.

The form will require that you provide certain personal details, such as your full address and full legal name, as well as details on the task that you will be taking on.

The website should inform you as to whether or not you can legally keep a trash bin on your property for any given period. It may also require that you upload a photo or schematic that illustrates where you will place the junk removal receptacle.

How long will it take to arrive?

Arrival time for your permit can vary depending on where you currently reside. Even the permit’s cost will vary by quite a bit, depending on where you live. Hence, we would recommend that you plan and apply without delay.

To illustrate, if you currently live in Pennsylvania, then you would be charged $25 per week to rent a bin for residential purposes. In some cases, your application may be accepted over the counter, which will greatly expedite the process.

However, residents of Hamilton, Ontario, would need to pay $50 to secure a permit. They would have to wait at least 5 days for their road occupancy permit application to be approved, so the application process and administrative costs do vary from city to city.

Certain emergencies may invalidate your permit until the emergency is resolved. Your city may also cancel your permit during certain times of the year, such as during snow removal season or sporting events, festivals, or protests.

Hence, you may need to prepare for natural disasters, such as a fire, earthquake, flooding, or a snowstorm, as well as street cleanings or parades that may render your permit void for some time.

Parking restrictions are yet another possible issue that you should prepare for well ahead of time. Your dumpster should never be erected near a fire hydrant, and the exact distance will differ based on where you live, so do not hesitate to ask the city if you have any questions or doubts.

What would happen if I decided not to get one?

If you want to place your rental bin on public property, then you will be legally mandated to obtain a permit to do so. If you decide to use your bin on public property without a permit, and you are caught, then you will be subject to fines and possible legal action by the city.

Your dumpster may also be impounded. This will lead to subsequent problems, such as having to reimburse your rental company for its lost bin, which may cost you thousands of dollars.

Some people who have been fined for illegally parking a rental bin, have been incarcerated due to failure to pay off fines. It is in your best interest to get a permit from the city as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more about dumpster bin rentals in Toronto and the permit acquisition process, then please visit Red Bins at our website or call us at 416-733-2467.

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