Richmond VA > Public Works > Pods

Last Updated: 2017-02-28

Should a POD be placed within the city right-of-way for less than five (5) days, no permit is required. Should a POD have to stay longer than five days, then the attached “Application to Work-in-Streets-and-Alleys” (WISP) must be filled out and submitted (see forms below). The application includes the following:

  1. Property address.
  2. Brief description of work
    (“Barricade curb lane/parking lane/shoulder of ______ Street to place a POD for …”)
  3. Property owner’s contact information.
  4. Contractor’s contact information with state license number, class, and classification.
    (No contractor information is required if the permit is obtained by the property owner.)

Along with the application, a copy of a sketch or plan clearly showing the proposed location for the POD, labeling the street, sidewalk, and any other existing features near the location, must be provided. A distance to the nearest intersection or other fixed object (tree, power pole, hydrant, etc…) must be shown. Please be mindful of the restricted area for dumpsters and PODS

In addition, a copy of the property owner, contractor, or storage company certificate of insurance (COI) must be included. (Note: Currently a copy of the COI for several storage companies are on-file with Public Works.)

The fees for a permit are: $40 for a permit for 60 days or less and; $80 for a permit longer than 60 days. A credit card payment form (faxed to 804-646-1569 or emailed) has been provided. It takes approximately ten (10) working days between submittal of the application and issuance of the permit.

For more information, please contact Andre Williams or call (804) 646-5171.

Note: The application, sketch, insurance and payment form can be emailed to , where it will be processed, reviewed, and then emailed back to you upon approval.

Note: If you will be using a portable storage company that is not associated with any of those below, please provide as much contact information for the company that will be necessary to obtain the proper certificate of insurance.


1. WISP Application
    Credit Card Payment Form

2. Certificate of Liability Insurance

Contact Information:

Dept of Public Works
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 704
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Hours: Monday -Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Customer Care Center: 3-1-1
or (804)646-7000


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If you have any questions, please call the City’s Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 or (804) 646-7000

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