Commercial Refuse Container Permits

A commercial refuse container is a container placed on the public roadways temporarily, the use of which is not related or connected to any use or activity for which a Department of Buildings (DOB) and/or construction activity permit from the Department of Transportation (DOT) is required.

For approved applications, registered permittees should be able to obtain a commercial refuse container permit the same business day or by the next business day.

The online application for commercial refuse container permits is available 24 hours a day, 7 days week, except during periods of maintenance. In addition to the online application, registered permittees can apply for and obtain commercial refuse container permits in-person at one of DOT’s permit offices. The permit offices accept applications Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 11:30am, and there is one office in each borough. Find the location of the permit office in your borough. Apply for a Commercial Refuse Container Permit Translations of NYC DOT Licenses, Permit Applications & Registrations


No, the commercial refuse container permit does not carry parking privileges, and does allow the owner of the container to reserve a parking space in which to place the container.

Special Events

Applicants will be notified at application submission if the requested location and/or dates are in conflict with a special event. In addition, advisories and construction embargoes are listed on DOT's traffic alerts page and at borough permit office locations.

Multiple Containers

A permit allows placement of a commercial refuse container at a specific location for up to five days. If a container is filled and needs to be exchanged for another container within the permit’s five-day timeframe, the carting company would not need to secure another permit. A second container added to the original location would require a separate permit.