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If you are planning a home renovation, landscaping or construction project – or even an epic spring cleaning purge – you will need to rent a dumpster or garbage bin to handle all that epic waste. Before you get started, you’ll want to answer a few important questions like: What size bin do I need? How long will I need it? And lastly: Do I need a permit for a dumpster?

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If it’s going on my driveway, do I need a permit to rent a dumpster?

Generally, the location of your dumpster is the factor that determines whether or not you need a permit. If the bin will be placed on your property, such as your driveway or yard, then you do not need to get a permit prior to renting a bin. 

However, if the dumpster will be placed on City property such as a road right of way, alley, or parking lane, then you do need to apply for and receive a dumpster placement permit beforehand.

Are there different permit requirements for homeowners and contractors?

In short, no; both contractors and homeowners are obligated to apply for a dumpster permit if they are placing a bin on City property.

Dumpster permit cost and application process

While permit application processes vary by city, there is typically a simple online permit application available on your municipality’s website. It is important to note that you are not legally entitled to place your bin or dumpster on City property until your permit has been officially approved. So ensure that you apply ahead of time and allow up to two to three weeks for processing before you start your project. 

It might be tempting to risk it, especially if it is just a weekend project. But if a neighbour were to file a complaint, you could face some stiff fines for not having a permit. For peace of mind, it’s best to obtain the appropriate permit and avoid any potential issues. 

To obtain a dumpster permit in Edmonton: Visit and request an On-Street Construction and Maintenance (OSCAM) Permit online. 

Make note of any bin requirements, such as retro-reflective markings or temporary traffic control that complies with current city bylaws. At the time of publishing, Edmonton dumpster permit fees were under review and temporarily on hold.

Apply well in advance of your project start date to ensure adequate permit processing time.  

To obtain a dumpster permit in Regina:  Visit and request a Temporary Street Use Permit online. 

Regina bylaws dictate that bins can only remain on City property for a maximum of 10 days and cannot be placed in a “No Parking” or “No Stopping” area. Regina dumpster permit fees are assessed by Public Works at the time the permit application is approved. 

Apply for a temporary street use permit at least 14 days in advance of your project start date to ensure adequate permit processing time.   

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