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Containers in the Right-of-Way (CROW)
Garbage, recycling and food waste containers are not allowed to be stored on public sidewalks or streets. In 2008 the City Council adopted changes to City Code explicitly banning the storage of these containers in the public right of way and assigning enforcement responsibility to BPS. Administrative Rules specify the requirements and enforcement of these restrictions:
Business Compliance or Public Complaints
Businesses with containers in the right-of-way should contact their waste hauling company or BPS to review service options.
Minimum Storage Space Requirements
During the application for a permit allowing construction or major alteration of a commercial or mixed-use building, on-site storage space for garbage, recycling and food waste containers must be identified. Administrative Rules specify the minimum amount of square footage that must be designated for container storage, based on occupant load and building usage.
Other authorities may have additional requirements concerning container storage areas, e.g. Bureau of Environmental Services, Fire Marshal, etc.
For other assistance and information, or to register a complaint about a container in the right-of-way, contact BPS: