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Do I Need a Permit to Rent a Dumpster?

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Any good project begins with a solid strategy, and that includes finding out exactly what types of permits will be required by your local municipality. Planning for the right size dumpster is definitely part of the planning process, but will you need a permit to rent a dumpster and have it placed on or near your project site?

Roll-off containers come in a variety of sizes, some of which might not fit on your property, or city code might not allow them to be on your property. That means they have to be placed on the street or in the alley near your property. Here’s where it gets tricky – every city is going to have their own take on how they issue permits and when they are required. The City of Chicago requires that if the dumpster is on a city street or alley, you must have a permit.

Types of permits

The city of Chicago offers two duration permits, one of which should fit most home improvement project schedules – three days. For longer more extensive projects, you can obtain a 30-day permit. The permits are valid from the first day they’re issued through the third calendar day or the 30th calendar day.


If you’re located in the central business district of Chicago you’ll pay twice the amount for your fees, which would take your 3-day fee of $50 and your monthly fee of $100.

The City of Chicago requires that if the dumpster is on a city street or alley, you must have a permit


Should you need to put your bin in the alley, be warned that it must be 10 feet from the nearest other dumpster, light pole, fence, tree or any other obstruction, including neighboring garages.

Should your dumpster be placed in an area where parking is metered, you’ll incur charges for that as well, generally between $25 and $75 per day, depending on your location.

What about surrounding areas of Chicago?

Let’s take Naperville as a prime example of how outlying areas will differ from Chicago. The city of Naperville does not allow you to put a roll off container in an unimproved yard, publicly owned right of way or sidewalk. Furthermore, Naperville only allows you to have one dumpster at a time on your property.

Unlike the city of Chicago, you can only have a dumpster for 14 days at a time or 28 days throughout the calendar year. However, you can appeal to the Chief Building Official for an extension. If your project is going to last six months and you need access to a dumpster, you’ll need approval from the City Council.

If you have a dumpster associated with an active building permit, you are exempt from the regulations just mentioned, but only if the work is continuous and hasn’t ceased for a 30-day period.

Contact a professional

Don’t rely on guesswork when it comes to your project – call us at A City Suburban Services, Inc. We serve a large geographic area, including the city of Chicago and surrounding cities. We know about all the regulations in these areas. When you rent a dumpster from us, we’ll help you determine the right size and make sure you know all about the permits required in your area, so contact us today and let’s start planning.

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