When you plan to use PODS-like Self Storage Unit, Mobile Container, Portable Storage Device or Moving Storage Unit and the Container will be placed on the public street or private property, many Counties and Cities may require to obtain a permit for a legal placement and use of such device on private or public right of way space.
This basic guide will introduce you with terminology and permits requirements for Washington DC Metro Area Counties and Cities. Please note that information listed directly on City or County web page may be up to date.
Washington DC Moving Storage Container (pod) Permits and Requirements
Washington DC defines a mobile self storage unit as "Moving Storage Container (pod)". Permit is required but not limited if parked in the parking lane of the street in front of your residence or front yard or side yards between the buildings, driveways.
More details regarding placing container in public space it can be found in the PDF document issued by District Department of Transportation (link available here). To receive the permit and "No Parking" signs if needed, please contact District of Columbia Transportation Online Permitting System (link available here)
Public Space Permit Office phone number: (202) 442-4670
Arlington County (Virginia) Portable Storage Device Permits and Requirements
Arlington County defines a mobile self storage unit as "Portable Storage Device". Permit is required practically for any type of parking, including public roads, driveways or private property to prevent long-term storage of personal items in the public right of way. For public parking the Transportation Right-Of-Way Permit is required, but in case of private property, container parking permit has to be issued by Zoning Division.
To apply for Transportation Right-Of-Way (TROW) Permit please use application available here. To find more details about TROW please see the permit guide located here. For private property please visit Zoning Division (link available here).
General information regarding Portable Storage Device is available here
Development Services Permitting and Inspections phone number: (703) 228-3629
Alexandria City (Virginia) Packing Crates / Pods / Trailers for Moving Permits and Requirements
Alexandria City defines a mobile self storage container in many ways as "Packing Crate" or "Pods" or "Trailers for Moving". Permit is required as well as "Reserved Parking" Permit may be needed. There are two interesting factors related to the containers; device is permitted in similar manner as a Dumpster in Public Right-Of-Way and moving company is required to have on file general liability insurance. Transportation and Environmental Services Division Permit Guidelines can be find here.
Application for Right-Of-Way Permit is available here. Application can be submitted online. Web Application Submission details are available here
Transportation and Environmental Services phone number: (703) 519-3356