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What are portable storage units?
Portable storage units are a convenience item for transfer and storage of belongings. The small boxcar type units are delivered to a specified location for loading and then transported to another location for unloading or indefinite storage. For many with busy schedules, portable storage units are a winner. Instead of racing the clock on a daily truck rental, portable storage units can be loaded as time permits.
The problem however is where to put portable storage units during use. Because of smaller driveways, steep slopes or the convenience of using driveways for vehicle storage, some people may decide to put portable storage units on the street. However, the street is not a proper or legal place for storage of any kind, including unused or inoperable vehicles, RVs, boats, trailers and portable storage units.
Why not put them in the public right-of-way?
Portable storage units are larger than most vehicles, and take up more room in the street. They are also taller than most vehicles, and combined with a lack of windows cannot be seen through or around. Portable storage units do not have the standard vehicle or RV safety equipment such as emergency flashers, lights and reflectors. And without wheels and a hitch, portable storage units cannot be moved until the issuing company arrives with the equipment to relocate them.
Where can you put portable storage units?
Anywhere on private property is a suitable temporary location unless it encroaches into the public right-of-way. The public right-of-way includes the street, sidewalk and all area between the sidewalk and street.
There are two things to consider about illegal portable storage unit placement:
- Portable storage units create visual barriers. Portable storage units may block emergency vehicle access in an emergency situation. Portable storage units may not be visible to drivers at night and create a traffic hazard. Pedestrians near portable storage units may not see or be seen by motorists.
- Placement of a portable storage unit within public right-of-way may result in a $250 citation.