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Portable Storage Container Permits and Requirements in Arlington County, Washington DC, Fairfax County and more...

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

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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

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Fairfax County (Virginia) Temporary Portable Storage Container Permits and Requirements

Fairfax County defines a mobile self storage unit as a "Temporary Portable Storage Container" and Permit is NOT required, however there are many limitations regarding to classification and use of the storage unit.

  • Temporary Portable Storage Container is NOT a dumpster, cargo/shipping container, roll off container or the trailer portion of the tractor-trailer. Temporary Portable Storage Container is a purpose-built, fully enclosed, box-like container and is use to be load and unload from a transport vehicle. Georgetown Moving Portable Container complies with this requirement.
  • Container may NOT be placed on a street, sidewalk or trail, any location that would interfere with vehicular or pedestrian circulation or cause reduced visibility at street intersections, any required open space or landscaped area.
Please find more information on the Frequently Asked Code Enforcement Questions List available here. Fairfax County also have published brochure related to Temporary Portable Storage Containers for Residentially Developed Properties that is available here

Zoning Administration Division phone number: (703) 324-1314


Montgomery County (Maryland) Portable Storage Container Permits and Requirements

Montgomery County defines mobile storage container as a "Portable Storage Container". Permit is required for temporary placement of PODS within the right-of-way or on a County road. Permit is NOT required if placement does not need a Right-of-Way placement for example: owner's private property, outside of the limits of the public right of way like driveway, lawn, yard, etc. Requirements are very similar to the permitting required for the placement of construction dumpsters on roadways.

General information regarding Portable Storage Containers in the County Right-of-Way and on County Roads is available here. Additional information can be found on Montgomery County 311 Informational page available here and Department of Permiting Services detailed info available here.

Department of Permitting Services phone number: (240) 777-6262


Prince George County (Maryland) Portable Storage Container Permits and Requirements

Prince George County defines mobile storage container as a "Portable Storage Container". Permit is required when using the public right-of-way for any reason of the city. To get more details please contact individual City or Town for permit

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