Getting a Permit for Your Dumpster Rental in British Columbia

When it comes to dumpster rentals, it’s a lot easier to place them on your property than it is on public property. Today, most towns and cities require you to file for a permit if you intend to put a dumpster in the street or partially cover the sidewalk.

While it only takes a few minutes to file the paperwork, it can take several days before you get your permit back. Depending on the city, however, you may be able to file online or in person and get instant approval.

Permits for dumpster rentals differ from city to city. The name of the permit and the department to contact also differ. Some cities refer to it as a road occupancy or street use permit. Others like Vancouver refer to it as a temporary special zone permit. While the semantics differ, the result is always the same. With this permit in hand, you can place your rental bin in your chosen space for a specified period.

How to Get a Dumpster Rental Permit in BC

Applying for a permit is easy. To find out which department is in charge of permitting in your area, visit your city website. If they are anything like Vancouver’s website, they will have a section devoted to permits. You can also use the site search.

The website should inform whether you can legally keep a dumpster bin in front of your house. When you visit your city’s Public Works website, you will need to fill out an application form which will require basic information like your name and address.

If you can’t find information about “dumpster permits” on the city website, give them a call. Most cities have an information line to help connect you with the correct department. If you are struggling to find out who you need to contact, give us a call. We are happy to direct you to the department you need to get in touch with to get your dumpster rental permit approved.

Dumpster Rental Permit Cost

The cost of the permit will also vary significantly depending on the city. Vancouver, for example, charges a flat-rate fee of just over $100 for a temporary special zone permit so long as it’s not a metered space. They charge extra fees if it’s a metered space or if you need more than two weeks.

Penalties for Not Getting a Permit

Failure to get a permit can lead to harsh penalties ranging from tickets and fines that exceed $250 to getting the dumpster rental impounded. Because you are responsible for your dumpster rental, those additional fees are then passed to you if it’s impounded.

Anyone can contact the city and report you if they believe that your dumpster has been illegally placed on city property. This includes neighbours, concerned locals, and bylaw enforcers. The risk is just not worth it. You are better offer taking 15 minutes and submitting your application fee to save time, money, and stress.

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