Pittsburgh Permit Information

Getting a dumpster rental permit in Pittsburgh is easy if you plan ahead. The city requires you to first obtain a permit before renting the dumpster. These metal containers make any remodeling or construction job easier though and well worth it!

When do you need a dumpster rental permit in Pittsburgh?
Whether you require a dumpster permit depends on where you plan to place the dumpster. In Pittsburgh, a permit is necessary if the dumpster will be on:

  • The sidewalk
  • The street
  • Other city-owned property

If your neighborhood is governed by Homeowners Association rules, you might want to get permission before placing a dumpster on the street.

Obtaining the roll-off dumpster permit
You can apply for your permit in Pittsburgh at the Department of Public Works. After filling out the application and paying the associated fee at the permit counter, approval will be granted. These fees are for the permits and are not connected to the rental costs of the dumpster.

Here are examples of the typical fees charged for obtaining a roll-off dumpster permit:

  • Residential: $25.00 per week
  • Commercial: $100.00 per month
  • Commercial¬®$375.00 per year

Commercial jobs are usually more time consuming than residential work, but if you have plans for long-term residential work or short-term commercial work, the permit office may be able to work with you. Also, the city has expanded the number of payment options available for those seeking a roll-off dumpster permit so that applying for one in person will be more convenient.

Once you sign a contract with a dumpster rental agency, the unit will be delivered and placed by the rental company, then picked up at the time and date on your rental agreement. Make sure to you check out which items and materials are not allowed inside a dumpster.


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