Plan to open a restaurant? An apartment building? A store? Do you want to start building new construction? These are just a few examples of the types of businesses that will need dumpsters on site. And if you need a dumpster for your business, you will also need a dumpster license.
If you plan to use a dumpster of any size for refuse or recycled materials, you will need to first get the approval of your local agency and a dumpster permit. Before you install the dumpster, speak to your business license board, as they will need to approve the location and size to ensure it does not affect pedestrian or street traffic. If, for example, your dumpster will sit partially on a sidewalk, your city will not approve it, and you will need to come up with an alternate plan. This agency can inform you of everything you need to know in regards to building business licenses, permits & tax regulations.
Other Factors to Consider
In addition to having your location approved and your dumpster license in hand, you as a proud new dumpster owner will also be responsible for adhering to your city’s regulations regarding:
- frequency of removing the trash
- proper identification
- regular cleaning
- keeping area around dumpster litter-free
- having dumpster out of sight or out of way
- prevention of rodents from inhabiting the dumpster
Know that if you violate any of your city’s regulations around dumpster care, a complaint from a neighbor or customer could result in a warning or fine, so it’s best to adhere to the rules.
And if your city does not provide pickup for dumpsters, it is your responsibility to hire a third party to conduct regular pickups per your city’s rules.
Your dumpster permit will need to be renewed annually, and you will have to pay a fee each year for this building license. Failure to do so by the deadline issued by your state licensing bureau could result in a fine.
If you plan to temporarily have a dumpster on a construction site, you may not be required to have a dumpster license. Check with your building permit agency to see if there is a temporary permit you need, or whether there is a period of time you can have a dumpster on site without a dumpster license.
Having a trash can on site, or even several, typically does not require a dumpster license, but you should still follow the rules on emptying and cleaning them, out of respect for other businesses or homeowners around you.