Street Occupancy Permit for Storing Items

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Overview of Permit

A street occupancy permit is required if you want to store the following on a street:

  • a dumpster
  • storage POD
  • trailer
  • pile of building materials
  • demolition debris

This permit is required whenever any of the above items or similar items are stored overnight in the City public right-of-way. The City public right-of-way includes the street and the grass parkway area between the street curb and the public sidewalk. The permit must be obtained before the item being stored is placed.

See a Sample Permit

Download a street occupancy permit (for storing items in the right of way). We prefer to have a conversation about your project prior to accepting an application. There are a number of details about street occupancy permits that we like to confirm with you first.

Length of Time for Permit

The permit is valid for a maximum of seven continuous days.

We approve this type of permit for short duration projects, such as a re-roofing job, demolition of a garage or shed. We would not approve this permit for long duration projects such as major remodeling or reconstruction.

Cost

The permit cost is $75.00. We do not have online payment available at this time. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the City is accepting payment for an approved application only via U.S. mail or to the Secure Payment Depository drop-off box at City Hall. Please include “Attention: Engineering Services” on envelopes which are submitted via mail or to the Secure Payment Depository drop-off box.  Make checks payable to “City of Wauwatosa” and clearly identify the purpose for the payment on the check (e.g., “Street Occupancy Permit Application”).

Contact Us

For more information about the Street Occupancy Permit please contact the Engineering Services Department staff at (414) 479-8927.

 

FAQs

  • Are there any seasonal restrictions to storing an item on the street?
  • Does the City provide flashing barricades?
  • Does the City require flashing barricades for storing items on the street?
  • Are there other conditions or requirements which I must follow that are associated with using the street occupancy permit?
  • Do I need a permit to store a dumpster, storage POD, trailer or a pile of building materials or demolition debris on the street?
  • Do I need a street occupancy permit to store a “Bagster - dumpster in a bag” on the grass terrace between the curb and sidewalk?
  • Can I extend the street occupancy permit beyond the seven day limit or renew the permit?
  • How long can I store an item in the public right-of-way with the permit?
  • Do I need a street occupancy permit to store a dumpster, storage POD, trailer or a pile of building materials or demolition debris on my private property?
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