Street Use Permits
A street use permit is a form of obstruction permit required for placing dumpsters and storage containers in the street or public right-of-way.
Who is eligible to obtain a Street Use Permit?
Residents may not obtain a street use permit. Only Minneapolis licensed Solid Waste Haulers, Wrecking Contractors or Storage Container companies may obtain Street Use Permits.
If you are a Solid Waste Hauling or Wrecking Contractor wishing to be licensed in the City of Minneapolis you should contact the Licenses & Consumer Services Division at 311 or (612) 673-3000 for application forms.
How do I find a licensed contractor for Street Use Permits?
Homeowners or building contractors wishing to place a dumpster or storage container on the street in the City of Minneapolis should contact a solid waste hauler or storage container company from the approved list.
How do I apply for a Street Use Permit?
Licensed solid waste haulers, wrecking or storage container companies are eligible to pull street use permits online. Or they can apply by fax, mail, or walk-in to the Development Review Customer Service Center. Properties on streets that include Public Works parking restrictions require Public Works approval before permit issuance. This approval may take 1-2 business days. Residents may not obtain a street use permit.
What are the requirements for a dumpster or storage container on the street?
- Permits for 1 - 2 residential units are issued in 30 day increments only and may be renewed up to a total of 120 days.
- A street use permit for a dumpster or storage unit is valid for 30, 60 or a maximum of 90 days.
- The company name and phone number must be on the container.
- Container must have proper reflective materials attached.
- Street use permits are not valid during street cleaning or snow emergencies.
- All parking restrictions must be observed.
- Container must be placed 30 feet from corner if address is a corner lot.
- Container must be placed within 12 inches of the curb.
- Container must be placed in front of or adjacent to the property where the permit is issued.
- Container must be covered during non-work hours.
- See Minneapolis City Ordinance 430.30 for all permit requirements.
When is permit not required for a dumpster or storage unit?
- No permit is required to place a dumpster or storage unit in the driveway only of a residential property.
When is a Lane Obstruction Permit Needed?
A lane obstruction permit is required under the following circumstances:
- When you restrict access to the right-of-way (street or sidewalk) by placing equipment in the right-of-way.
- Temporary posting of "no parking" signs.
- Temporary hooding of parking meters.
All applicants are required to access the Minneapolis Lane Use website in order to obtain an obstruction permit.
Last updated Dec 5, 2019