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Published on February 10th, 2015 | by Balanced Family

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Florida City Creates New Laws for Mobile Storage Containers

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Over the course of their lives, almost everyone will likely need some extra storage space, whether they’re in the process of moving or simply have accumulated a significant number of possessions. For this reason, many people end up looking for affordable portable storage units. Unfortunately, price isn’t always the only thing that must be considered: some communities have passed legislation that regulates the use of these mobile storage trailers.

Such is the case in Palmetto, FL, where lawmakers recently passed a new bill after more than a year of promising residents they would not be adversely affected. City commissioners had debated the definition and size of mobile storage containers for months in an effort to beautify the area. According to the council, homeowners and businesses had previously abused the term “portable”, renting large trailers and leaving them outdoors for months on end.

The process of legislating mobile storage solutions took some time because lawmakers did not want to accidentally include backyard sheds, dog houses or playhouses in their definition. These buildings often already require a permit, so the commissioners decided to veto an original definition, which referred to mobile containers as “shed-like” structures. Under the new law, all storage units with a permit are not subject to the ordinance.

Currently, all mobile containers are defined as structures that are a minimum of 7 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 5 feet tall. Anything smaller is not considered a mobile storage container, giving many Palmetto residents a certain degree of flexibility when it comes to choosing affordable portable storage units. Anything larger than 24 feet long, 10 feet wide and 10 feet high, however, is not allowed. Moreover, all mobile storage containers must be set back at least 5 feet from property lines and cannot remain on the property for more than 60 consecutive days twice a year. They are also not allowed to obstruct drainage systems, building access, or block roadway visibility.

The new law covers both residential and commercial areas, but active construction sites are exempt. If you’re in the process of looking for affordable portable storage units, the Palmetto law is a helpful reminder: check your local ordinances before placing one of these containers on your property.


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