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Shipping Containers
updated: Jun 30, 2014, 10:30 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Looking for advice on renting shipping containers: I am in between jobs and would like to temporarily store my supplies in a shipping container on my property, which is more than an acre in size and zoned A-1 in the City of SB. What container companies do you recommend? do I need a permit from the City, etc. etc. ?

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 ANIMALLISTNER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-30 12:46 PM

Call the POD company in Goleta located on Hollister ave.


 COMMENT 531771P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-30 02:08 PM

Marborg rents containers. Check their prices for various sizes before going with the generic national "POD" people.


 COMMENT 531799 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-30 03:22 PM

Buy one used. You never know how long you will need it. You can sell it for close to what you buy it for. It beats $80-$100 per month. You can always rent it for storage as well, or rent half of it. You can get 10, 15, or 20 foot long by 8 ft wide. Get a cheap old beat up steel roll off container. Hopefully $800-$1000


 COMMENT 531818 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-30 04:35 PM

I asked a supplier of drop boxes: "What regulations apply to putting these in a side yard?"

And their reply; "There is no permit required when putting these boxes on your own property. You need to make sure there is enough clearance for the driver to deliver."


 COMMENT 531828 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-30 05:02 PM

I think, per county code, you can store one of these behind a solid fence, out of sight from the street. You cannot store one in your driveway or in a side yard open to the street. PODS are supposed to be filled and then taken to their storage lot unless you have enough land to store it per code, which means out of the public view.


 COMMENT 531916 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 06:57 AM

I guess this code is not enforced. One has been sitting in the front yard of El Camino de la luz for years.


 COMMENT 531929 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 07:58 AM

Code enforcement is complaint driven. If you don't call the Code Enforcement desk, nothing will happen. In the County, you can go to the website and fill out a code enforcement request. It is supposed to remain anonymous but you do have to give your name and address when filling out the form.


 COMMENT 531958 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 08:47 AM

Complaint driven enforcement is a sure way for your neighbor to retaliate. Been there. done that, won't do it again.


 COMMENT 532124 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 03:33 PM

I will echo @799. We needed one to store stuff when we took down a stable and built a barn in its place. It took longer than we thought and by buying one and then selling it later, we saved a lot of money. IIRC we had it for about 14 months and sold it for about $500 less than we paid for it. Much cheaper than renting.


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