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How to apply for a Site Cleanliness license

How to apply for a Site Cleanliness license

Business and residential properties must apply for and secure a license for dumpsters and trash storage. You have two options to apply:

Step

Before you get started

The Site Cleanliness Ordinance regulates the overflow of all dumpsters, wind-blown litter, and rodent activity that occurs as a result of poor trash practices. The ordinance applies to:

  • every bulk refuse container (dumpster) or grease trap, whether commercial or residential (not limited to food and beverage establishments)
  • all automotive establishments, and
  • all bulk refuse container storage lots.

The fee for a Site Cleanliness License is $50. We take a check or money order made payable to the City of Boston.

Step

Get your info together

Your application for the license needs to include:

  • a completed Site Cleanliness Application and your payment
  • a site plan indicating the location of the dumpster and how close it is to neighboring properties or public ways
  • the location of any required fencing or screening
  • a maintenance plan and schedule
  • a solid waste proposal plan that includes a copy of the solid waste disposal contract
  • a rodent or pest control contract, and
  • a license from Public Works only if the dumpster is on a public way. Learn how to get a street occupancy permit.
Step

Mail your application to us

Inspectional Services
1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Step

Before you get started

The Site Cleanliness Ordinance regulates the overflow of all dumpsters, wind-blown litter, and rodent activity that occurs as a result of poor trash practices. The ordinance applies to:

  • every bulk refuse container (dumpster) or grease trap, whether commercial or residential (not limited to food and beverage establishments)
  • all automotive establishments, and
  • all bulk refuse container storage lots.

The fee for a Site Cleanliness License is $50. We take a check or money order made payable to the City of Boston.

Step

Get your info together

Your application for the license needs to include:

  • a completed Site Cleanliness Application and your payment
  • a site plan indicating the location of the dumpster and how close it is to neighboring properties or public ways
  • the location of any required fencing or screening
  • a maintenance plan and schedule
  • a solid waste proposal plan that includes a copy of the solid waste disposal contract
  • a rodent or pest control contract, and
  • a license from Public Works only if the dumpster is on a public way. Learn how to get a street occupancy permit.
Step

Give us your application

Inspectional Services
1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Need to Know:
Violations

If you operate or maintain a bulk refuse container without a license, or fail to operate or maintain a licensed dumpster or site based on the terms of your license, it's a violation of the Site Cleanliness Ordinance.

Penalty

Penalties for violating the Site Cleanliness Ordinance may result in fines of up to $1000 per day. We may also close your business for repeated violations.

We only issue fines after the third notice of a violation. We use the first two notices to educate people on proper compliance.

Contact:
Inspectional Services
617-635-5300
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States