THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS SUPPLIED TO ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO PLACE A DUMPSTER OR SIMILAR ITEM ON A TEMPORARY BASIS ON A PUBLIC STREET OR ALLEY IN MECHANICSBURG:

  • Any person intending to place a dumpster, POD or similar device on any public street or alley within the Borough for any amount of time is required to apply for and obtain a permit.
  • A completed application returned to the Mechanicsburg Police Department AND a Permit must be issued before a Dumpster or similar may be placed on a public street or alley.
  • In addition, the application shall be accompanied by a certificate of insurance, in a form approved by the Borough Manager, issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in Pennsylvania for certifying that said company has issued or have written a Comprehensive Liability insurance policy   maintained by the applicant in the amount of at least $100,0000 for property damage and personal injury, combined single limit, arising out of or in connection with the placement or utilization of a dumpster or street storage on any street, with the Borough being named as an additional insured on said policy for such purpose; which shall not be cancelled except on fifteen (15) days’ advance written notice to the Borough.  The applicant further agrees to fully indemnify and hold harmless the Borough of Mechanicsburg and assumes all liability for damages or injury occurring to any person or property through or in consequence of any act or omission of anyone associated with the placement of the dumpster or similar on the roadway.
  • The Dumpster or similar may not:
    • Block any portion of a public sidewalk or walkway
    • Extend into the travel lane of traffic
    • Be placed within twenty (20) feet of a crosswalk, intersection or traffic control device
    • Interfere with reasonable sight distances or adversely impact traffic or pedestrian safety
  • No Dumpster or similar may be placed on a public street or alley without a Permit.
  • When a Permit is required, the Dumpster or similar subject to the Permit is required to be illuminated with a warning light, light reflector or a reflectorized material on the front and rear surfaces in such a manner to indicate the height and width of it, and shall be visible for a distance of not less than three hundred (300′) feet between the hours of sunset and sunrise.
    • The following companies rent illuminated barricades

    • You may supply the illuminated barricades or reflectorized materials or obtain them from any source you wish as long as these items meet the requirements of the Ordinance. The companies above are only provided as a reference for your convenience.
  • Hazardous Materials or Garbage are not permitted to be placed in a Dumpster or similar for which a permit is required.
  • Dumpsters or similar must be covered with a tarp or similar weather resistant cover when not in use to prevent scattering and vermin invasion.
  • Dumpsters or similar must have adequate restraints to prevent inadvertent movement.
  • The fee for the Permit is $50.00, payable with the Application and is non-refundable.
  • Once an application is received, the Police Department shall conduct an assessment of the application. In the interest of traffic and pedestrian safety, the Police Department may approve, approve with modifications or deny the application.

A Permit is valid for a maximum of four (4) weeks from the date of issuance.  Upon request, a Permit may be extended for an additional two (2) weeks.

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