If you're planning to rent a roll-off dumpster while you do some home renovations, be very careful about where you place the dumpster if it won't fit in your driveway. Not only are there legal implications, but there are flooding implications as well if you live in an area where El Niño is forecast to dump heavy rains. Placing a dumpster in an area outside your driveway will require some constant attention from you.


Most roll-off dumpsters fit in driveways, but if you don't have a driveway or are renting a very large dumpster, you must get permits from your city before placing the dumpster in the street. Each city will have specific requirements for where the dumpster can go and how you have to place it; for example, in Denver, dumpsters can't be within 20 feet of a corner or alley entrance. Denver also requires that dumpsters have reflective tape placed at certain intervals on the corners of the dumpsters or that barricades with flashing lights must be placed next to the dumpster. You may have to get the dumpster placement inspected as well.

Do not place the dumpster in the street first and then assume you'll be able to get a permit. Start the permit process early, and work with both the city and the dumpster rental company to coordinate permitting, placement, inspection, and removal.

Land Drainage

Of course, many places don't require a permit if the dumpster is placed on your property, so why not place the dumpster on the bare lawn area that's going to be redone later or place it in your side yard? In those cases, the dumpster can be too heavy when you fill it up, causing it to create depressions in the soil that allow water to pool if it rains. The pooled water, once it overflows the depressions, can erode the soil and create minor flooding if the drainage in the area is not yet set up. The pooling can also drown plants that are next to the dumpster. Plus, if it rains, that soil is turning to mud. Once the mud dries, it can be very difficult to extract a heavy dumpster.

Street Drainage

Even with a permit, placing a dumpster in the street requires thought. Ensure that the dumpster isn't blocking any storm drain openings, especially if your city is in line to get a lot of rain this winter. Every few days, and every day when it's windy, clean out collected leaves and other debris from under the dumpster. If heavy rains strike your area, built-up leaves under the dumpster can block water flowing to storm drains, causing localized flooding, and the leaves can eventually dislodge and head for the storm drains themselves. A large clump of leaves can clog a drain opening, creating quite a bit of street flooding.

For more information, contact Tajiri Demolition & Disposal LLC or a similar company.