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An annual Donation Bin Use Permit is required to place a donation bin at an approved location. Use Permits expire on December 31 of each year. Applications must be submitted by September 30 for the following year. The “bin operator” is the person or entity that maintains primary responsibility of the donation bin, while the “property owner” is the person or entity having legal title to the property where the bin is located. View the dashboard for a list of all collections bin locations.


The applicant's donation bin, bin location and donation items must meet the following guidelines in order to be eligible to apply.

GuidelinesAcceptable Unacceptable
  • Made of a durable, waterproof material
  • Have a tamper-resistant lock
  • Have one opening for accepting donations
  • Electronically-powered
  • Over 9 feet in height
  • Have a footprint that exceeds 8 by 10 feet

Ground should be level, paved or durable, preferably near a light source.

In all zones:

  • Fire stations
  • Schools
  • Churches

In commercial-industrial zones:

  • Shopping centers
  • Industrial parks
  • Fuel service stations—Only those in commercial/industrial zones
Vacant lots or lots with vacant buildings


  • Textiles (Cloth, fabric, fiber, goods, materials, clothes, etc.)
  • Shoes
  • Books
  • Solid waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Perishable items
  • Dumped materials

The above guidelines are for the purpose of permitting donation bins in certain areas and with certain restrictions; requiring a permit for such use; establishing a process for obtaining a permit; defining terms relating to donation bins; providing for certain requirements of donation bins and donation bin operators; and generally relating to donation bins. 

Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for a Donation Bin Use Permit.

Once you have completed the above steps you may apply for your Donation Bin Use Permit.

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Review and Approval

Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed within 48 hours. If accepted, you will receive an email notification and with the permit attached.

More Information

For questions, contact the Zoning Review office at 410-887-3391

For more information regarding the Donation Bin Use Permit, refer to Section 415.B of the County Zoning Regulations and Article 21, Title 23 of the County Code.

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Room 124
Towson, Maryland 21204


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