What Do I Need when Renting a Porta Potty?

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When you need toilets for an outdoor event, what do you need to know ahead of time? Today we’re answering one of your most common questions: “What do I need when renting a porta potty?” Find out what you’ll need to consider in the way of permits, space requirements, and access needs.

Do I Need a Permit?

Not typically. Many places do not require a permit or a license to place a portable toilet there. However, this is not the case everywhere and in every instance. Some local areas or homeowner’s associations will have their own rules and bylaws regulating whether you can have a portable toilet on the premises, where it can be placed, and how long it can remain there. One such example would be in Ohio where an ordinance was enacted to prevent homeowners from having a portable toilet permanently stationed in their yard. Other times, you may be able to do whatever you’d like on your own property if the unit is placed a certain distance from easements.

Always check your local zoning ordinances and regulations to be sure! In places where you do need a permit, it’s typically inexpensive and just requires some planning to get it beforehand.

How Much Space Do I Need?

Often when people are asking about space requirements it is because they plan on renting many portable toilets. A single porta potty unit itself doesn’t take up much space aside from leaving clearance for the door to open. But for the unit to be delivered on a truck, it will need more space than its physical footprint anyways. So, this is not typically an issue.

When people start to get concerned about space it’s because they are trying to plan an event layout that can properly accommodate a long line of 10, 20, or even 50 porta potties. To gauge how much space you’ll need and what the best configuration is for their placement, talk to your portable toilet supplier. They can make recommendations based on your specific event to ensure you make the best use of your space.  

What Kind of Access is Required?

People sometimes ask, “What kind of access should there be for delivery/servicing/pick up?” This is usually a question related to roads, trees, and other immovable items. Those items can hamper how trucks can get in and access certain areas of the property. However, it can also refer to other portables like stages or rides or even the crowd itself.

At the very least, a truck will need to get to where each porta potty is going to be. For longer events, pumping trucks will need access. They will service the units, removing waste and restocking toilet paper and hand sanitizer. If access must be provided while the event is occurring, a plan will need to be put in place. This will ensure that people and animals are kept safe with trucks coming and going regularly. Again, talk to your portable restroom service provider to make a customized plan for your needs.  

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

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