Freehold Township in New Jersey Discusses Regulating Portable Storage Containers

Posted on Aug 21 2013 - 9:02pm by Tony Gonzalez

Everyone has heard the saying “One man’s treasure is another man’s trash.” This saying makes a point that what is valuable to one person might not be valuable to the next. This principle can be applied to many other situations. One of those situations concerns portable storage units.
One person may rent a portable unit and keep it on his property for a long time – and it doesn’t bother him. But then, his neighbor might have a different perspective and might view the portable unit as an eye sore. And sometimes, cities have to step in to resolve the differences of opinions.
Freehold Township in New Jersey recently discussed the use of outdoor storage units at their last meeting. The committee members feel that a zoning ordinance is needed to limit the amount of time that a unit may remain on someone’s property and the placement of the unit on the property. They are researching what ordinances other towns have enacted.
Nearby Marlboro Township have an ordinance that permits one portable unit to be stored for up to 60 days for a $25 fee.  Other nearby towns charge a $25 fee for people to have a portable unit on their property and a $200 deposit.
Wausau, Wisconsin, passed a regulation that their city residents have to buy a $39 permit if they plan on having a container on their property for more than 10 business days. They also have stipulated that the containers cannot be longer than 25 feet and no wider or taller than 10 feet. Residents can only have 2 containers on their property and must be more than 5 feet away from the property line. Some cities stipulate that the containers cannot be placed in driveways or on pavement.
In Fairfax, Virginia, city residents can have a portable unit on their property for 30 consecutive days. In Herndon, Virginia, residents have to remove their portable unit within 16 days of placement on the property.
These ordinances impact owners and managers of the portable storage units. They need to know the regulations for the specific city where their facility is located. They need to make sure that their customers understand the regulations so that the customers can follow the rules and regulations.

Portable storage customers need to know what city fees and permits they need to pay. Property owners and the business owners need to know where the units can be placed on the property so they can comply with the city’s regulations.
Sources Used:
“Portable storage unit draw look from officials.” Greater Media Newspapers; 21 August 2013.
“Regulations limit number, size, location of storage units.” WSAU News; 14 April 2010.
“Draft ordinances address use of storage containers in Springfield.”; 27 April 2010.