Portable Storage Container (POD)

Portable Storage Container

Any box-like container which is transported by truck or trailer to a desired location for drop off and which is otherwise stored at an off-site location.  A common term for portable storage container is PODS, an acronym for portable on-demand storage.

Maximum Size and Location

The maximum allowable area of a portable storage container located within a residential zoning district shall be one hundred sixty (160) square feet with no dimension exceeding twenty (20) feet.

Not more than one (1) portable storage container shall be placed on any lot in a residential zoning district located within the City at one time.

A portable storage container shall only be placed on a hard-paved surface and no closer than ten (10) feet to the front property line of the lot upon which it is located. A portable storage container shall comply with the side and rear lot setback requirements for structures in the zoning district within which it is located.

Portable storage containers shall not, under any circumstances, be placed or unloaded on any street within the City.

Permit Required

Prior to any portable storage container being placed on a lot within a residential zoning district, a valid permit from the City's Department of Community Development shall have been obtained. No lot within a residential zoning district shall have located upon it any portable storage container for more than fifteen (15) days within any three hundred sixty-five (365) day period, except when there is a change of ownership or occupancy, and then a new permit period shall begin.

A permit or an extension of a permit for the placement of a portable storage container on a given lot in a residential zoning district for more than fifteen (15) days within a three hundred sixty-five (365) day period may be granted by the Chief Building Official or his/her designee, provided the permit applicant has demonstrated to the Chief Building Official's satisfaction that extenuating circumstances exist which justify the extension.

Any permit issued under the provisions of this Section shall be valid from the date of issuance for the period enumerated, only to the name and location specified on the permit, and is in no way transferable.  

There is no fee for this permit.

Chapter 530 - Regulation of Portable Storage Containers

Applying for a POD Permit

Please use the Citizenserve Online Portal to submit your POD permit application. Further information can be obtained by contacting the office at 636-625-7941.



  1. Kim Callis

    Code Enforcement