Most municipalities do not require a permit, but you'll need to check with your town or city about their particular regulations.
Additionally, dumpsters can become very heavy once full and may cause damage to your driveway, pavement or lawn. Ultimately, you are responsible for any damage the dumpster causes to your property, not the dumpster service. In order to prevent damage, place a large piece of plywood under the wheels of the dumpster to help distribute the weight.
You'll also need to take note of the items you place into the dumpster. You cannot dispose of any hazardous waste, chemical products, pesticides or radioactive material. Any flammable materials are also prohibited, such as aerosol cans, propane tanks or motor oil. Check with your service for more specifics about what you can and cannot place into the dumpster.
With most rental services, you pay for the delivery of the container, the weight of the trash and the haul. The cost varies depending on location, length of rental and size of the container rented. Local costs, such as landfill costs and dumping taxes by the municipality, also affect the price.