If you are fairly new to renting dumpsters, you will need to find out if you need a permit for it. There are several things that can make a permit necessary and you must comply so you don’t get hefty fines to pay.
It may take a bit of phone calling on your part to ensure that you are compliant with a dumpster permit when you do need one. Take note that not all areas will require it, but the permit fee is much smaller than fines you can be charged for not obtaining one. Fines and fees can add substantial costs to your cleanout or remodel job that you don’t want to pay.
One of the determining factors in dumpster permits is the exact area where you want it placed. If you are a homeowner and it will be delivered on your private property, you can rule out needing a permit. If your dumpster is placed in a public place, such as in the street in front of your house or on the sidewalk in front of your property, you will need to contact your city’s dumpster rental permit requirements.
What is the Process for Dumpster Permits Information?
The places for you to contact for information on a dumpster rental St. Louis are the public works department, the building department, and your neighborhood homeowner association. Before you call around, you will need to determine the location, dates and hours for which you are requesting a dumpster permit.
You should check with all three departments for your city. You can search for their contact information online and explain your exact plans to each entity. If the first person you talk to when calling is not in charge of dumpster rental permits for your exact location, you will need to ask them who is and get in contact with them. When you find which of the three entities is responsible, they can inform you if you need a dumpster permit or not for your roll-off container. You must follow all of the directions you get and make sure you are both approved and issued a permit if it is required of you. In the case that your public works department or building department is in charge of this area in your city, you should still contact your homeowner’s association. Your homeowner’s association may have some additional requirements or they may just need to know where the dumpster will be placed and on what dates it will remain there.
Other Considerations for Dumpster Permits
Some cities, such as St. Louis may use an alternate name of a blocking permit rather than a dumpster permit. This is because if your dumpster is on the sidewalk or street, it may be blocking a lane of traffic or a curb lane. It may also be blocking a parking meter. Blocking permits are usually issued to cover the approximate hours of 9 am and 3 pm or the rush hour.
You may be able to fill out the information you need in an online form, have a permit issued to you and print it out. However, if you will need a permit for more than a day, it may take longer for approval. This is why you should get your permit in hand before having your roll off dumpster rental St. Louis delivered.
What are the Approximate Fees I Should Expect?
For a dumpster permit or dumpster blocking permit, you are charged a flat rate fee per week of approximately $25. You can pay for one week and if need be ask for an extension for an additional week if you need it to complete your project. Commercial street permits are usually a particular price per day and are about $20 per day. In addition, if your dumpster is blocking a parking meter you will pay a one-time registration fee of about $25 plus a fee of about $10 per meter per day excluding Sundays and city holidays.
What Other Types of Permits Might I Need?
If you are doing demolition and rebuilding you will need additional permits. If you are demoing a building and you are the property owner, you can file for a city demolition certification as a demolition contractor.
If you are not the owner of the property you must get a notarized letter from the building owner that it’s okay to do demolition. Your letter from the building owner should include the owner’s contact information, the name of the person or company who is demolishing the structure and the cost of the demolition.
In addition, you will need photos of the structure that is to be demolished. You must have a photo of all four sides of the structure, photos showing the neighboring structures or lots on all sides of the structure and photos of any visible damages to any neighboring structures. The last photo protects you from any potential damage claims. The demolition permit fee is calculated by the size of the building that is being demolished. In general, a typical size garage or shed is approximately $25.00 or so.
If you are replacing the demolished structure, you will need a building permit from your city. It’s an agreement between your city and the applicant with all the building codes that you must abide by and the city will inspect the construction to make sure all codes are met. This is a formal and legal authorization for you to start your construction work.