If you’re planning to host an event and know you will need to provide restroom facilities, you may be wondering about the details and requirements to do so. Keep reading to learn what they are.
Many localities require you to apply for a special events permit when planning a gathering that will involve more than a few people. This generally applies to festivals, neighborhood block parties and others where street closures may take place. It may also apply if you plan to use a public space (i.e. a park or recreational space) for a private purpose, such as a wedding. The special events permit allows you access to the area you are looking to have your party, and requires, among other things, a plan for meeting the special needs of your guests and attendees. A permit is not required for portable toilets, however, it is highly recommended to have a sanitation plan in place and to know how many toilets will be rented before applying for any type of special events permit.
The City of Pittsburgh requires in its regulations for special events that a Proposed Site Plan be provided. This would include the location of structures, electrical, sanitation, and plumbing. It would also include the location by street of any assembly areas for the event. These requirements are best met by carefully considering the layout of your site and where best to provide portable toilets that are accessible to your guests, attendees or participants. Map out the location of the porta potties and be sure to take into consideration any need for wheelchair accessible units placed in the appropriate location.
When you’re creating your sanitation plan, there are certain questions you should be prepared to answer. This includes knowing how many people will be attending the event and how long you plan on holding the event. And now, of course, your sanitation plan must include increased safety measures for keeping facilities clean and sanitized for the health of your guests in the midst of COVID-19. Be sure to factor in extra hand sanitizer and ensuring that the porta potty will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.
Knowing who and what to expect will help you pinpoint the number of portable toilet rentals you will need to keep your guests comfortable and satisfied. Although restrictions on events are in place and there will inevitably be less people in attendance, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should cut down on the amount of planned porta potties. Having more will allow for social distancing and increased sanitation. Additionally, when planning for guests you need to determine if anyone attending has special needs, and if alcohol will be consumed at the event. A quick rule of thumb to follow is that drinking alcohol will increase portable restroom usage by 20 to 30 percent.
As for meeting any special needs of your guests, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that appropriate accommodations be made for those who are disabled. In addition to the number of standard toilet rentals you make available, you need to add a corresponding number of wheelchair accessible portable sanitation units. These ADA compliant toilet rentals are an excellent option due to their spacious interior and added features that make using the restroom easier for any guest.
To reiterate, the short answer is “no,” you do not need to obtain a permit when renting a portable toilet for special events. Before you rent, make sure your sanitation plan is complete and that you are up-to-date on your city and state’s COVID-19 restrictions, which can change on a daily basis. Plan ahead and keep the safety of your guests top of mind. If you’re feeling concerned or understandably cautious, our team of experts would be happy to talk you through our sanitation capabilities and recommendations. Reach out to us here.