“The real deal with how long you can keep a POD storage container on the street?”

by Prince Of Petworth December 22, 2015 at 2:10 pm 7 Comments

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The real deal with how long you can keep a POD storage container on the street?

“The DC TOPS website states:

The maximum time allowed for a moving container to remain in public space is 5 days…

But I’m sure I’ve seen PODS on the street in Petworth for much longer. There are a couple on 9th & Gallatin NW that have been there for over a week, for instance.

Just wondering if anyone has any first-hand knowledge/experience to pass along on this?

We’re renovating and moving a ton of stuff into a POD. I don’t want to keep the POD out there for months, but more than 5 days (10-14?) would certainly be helpful, and so I’m just gauging my risk / options here.

Minor personal detail: Our POD will actually be off the street, behind our house, but this is still considered public land by DC. I’m hoping this might also give us a few more days of wiggle room, but again, anyone that has personal experience to share, please chime in!”

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  • DCrat

    When we had a dumpster in front of our house for a couple of months, our contractor was able to get a public space permit. I forget how much it cost.

    • The OP Anon

      Yes, this. Get a public space permit. Google it.
      You can keep the POD on the street for a long time – even during street sweeping season – so long as you have the necessary public space permit posted. You pay by the linear foot x length of time on the street.

  • Timebomb

    I know the lines between public/private space are squishy, but is there really a limitation on how long you can have a pod off the street? I would think it’s no different than a vehicle, which you could keep parked indefinitely.

  • Anonomnom

    So, we have been through this twice in the past year to to condo woes. Each time we had a pod out on the street for weeks (I believe 3 weeks in one instance, 5 in another). You can get a permit for the pods, but they only last 5 days. At that point, you have to pay another 50, get another 5 day permit and put up your sign. Rinse and repeat.
    That said, we did let it lapse a couple times due to poor planning on our part, and nothing happened. I am not completely sure they would have done anything if we stopped renewing the pass…

  • originalginger

    Had a great experience with Zippy Shell in the past for a POD moving company

  • I. Rex

    No hyperbole. My across the alley neighbor has had a pod on his backyard parking pad for 3 years. It just misses touching the alley. I assumed since it was on his property, it was legal. I dont much care but i’ve always wondered why he’d left it there this long.

    • anon

      For an outdoor storage shed, of course.


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