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What procedures do you have to follow to install a dumpster in a public space?

What procedures do you have to follow to install a dumpster in a public space?

All municipalities have their own procedures and regulations concerning deployment of dumpsters. However, regulations have been harmonized within most of the Greater Montreal region, including the Communauté Urbaine de Montréal and municipalities on the North and South Shores. The same rule therefore applies everywhere: a container installed in a public space requires a public domain occupancy permit. Tri-O-Bac is well aware that no container can be left in a restricted area without obtaining prior permission. Whether on a footpath or a public roadway, any obstruction of the public domain, even temporary, is forbidden. We have gathered a detailed list of direct links to find out about your municipality.

We present these few tips as a means of helping you avoid any nasty surprises, as well as accelerating the permit application process. If the process seems to complicated or troublesome, you may be able to opt for an express pick-up in under two hours, our unique service for mini-dumpster rentals. Tri-O-Bac has considerable expertise when it comes to renting dumpsters in an urban setting or limited space.

Make sure you have the right information when preparing your permit application

  • As a property owner or lessee, you'll need to supply your exact contact details. If you are an entrepreneur, make sure you have your contact details and your building contractor's licence in hand.
  • You will also need to define the location I which you intend to place the dumpster, very precisely. You need to allow for sufficient space so that no entrances to alleyways or parking spaces are blocked, nor are you causing any other obstructions. It's important to make sure the space in which you want the dumpster placed is free and that enough room is available for the truck to manoeuvre. So a careful study of the zone you intend to occupy is a good idea.
  • If there is no choice and you are forced to block an alleyway, some parking meters, a parking lot or a pay station, make sure you describe the situation precisely when applying for your permit.
  • You must supply the exact dates for delivery and pick-up in order to determine the length of the permit.
  • And obviously, you must know the exact dimensions of your Tri-O-Bac dumpster.

Follow these steps to obtain a public domain
occupancy permit

Are you ready to put in your request? Be aware that it generally requires a minimum of two days to get a permit. However, you should be careful because not all municipalities have the resources to be able to respond to your request in time, particularly in the busy season. Minimum processing times may also vary from one municipality to another.

Here are the procedures to follow for arrondissements in the City of Montréal (for adjacent municipalities, refer to this list)

  1. Fill out the form: Application for a permit to temporarily occupy public property*; 
  2. Return the form a minimum of two working days prior to the start of work by fax to 514 868-4688 or in person at the Permits Counter; 
  3. Ask to have the permit sent by fax or get it on site at the Permits Counter of your arrondissement or municipality; 
  4. Don't forget to display your permit clearly on the container. Tri-O-Bac is not responsible for the permit, you are. 
  5. Please note that you must notify about any modification or rental cancellation for the dumpster, by fax at 514 868-4688, at the latest by 9 a.m. on the morning work is to start, so that any adjustment to the cost may be made.

How much does a public domain occupancy
permit cost?

Since permit cost is directly proportional to the number of days of occupancy, it is important to plan the work carefully. Should you need help estimating the length of the rental, Tri-O-Bac can advise you.

Another important issue is the type of street involved. Major roads cost more than secondary routes, and if you are affecting a bus route or a cycle path, you may find the cost exorbitant. That's why it's important to find a strategic location that obstructs the public domain as little as possible. In short, the more you obstruct daily activities with your work, the more you can expect to pay.

The arrondissements or municipalities are generally not prepared to supply cost estimates. You can plan to pay between $75 and $135 per day for the largest dumpsters (20 cu. yds) [OH1] when obstructing the public domain very little (on a secondary route or laneway, for example), and between $400 and $800 for several days.

*It is also possible to obtain this form by fax by calling 514 868-4104 or you can get it from the Permits Counter in person.

To conclude, Tri-O-Bac can assist with this to some extent, but don't forget it is your responsibility, and that the information above is subject to verification and confirmation with the local authorities concerned. We can only encourage you to put in your application as soon as possible, once you have reserved your dumpster or mini-dumpster. Don't forget about our exclusive express pick-up service, which can help you avoid many a problem.

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