Portable Toilets Rental Cost

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Purchase vs. rental
Types
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to rent portable toilets?

Portable toilets, also known as “porta potties”, are most often found at construction sites, industrial sites, outdoor events, and other outdoor locations. Homeowners sometimes install portable toilets on their property when they’re in the midst of a home renovation.

Portable toilets come with toilet paper, as well as sanitation fluid. The sanitation fluid is put in the hollow basin under the seat, where waste is disposed. Porta potties don’t use plumbing - instead, the waste basins are emptied and cleaned for re-use.

Several factors influence the total cost of portable toilets: toilet type, number needed, duration needed, and maintenance service. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the cost of a 1-month rental of a portable toilet for a construction site.

The type and number of portable toilets you choose is highly dependent on what you’re using it for, how many people are expected to need the use of toilet facilities, and the duration.

For outdoor events like concerts or fairs, the general rule is that the longer an event lasts and the larger the crowd, the more toilets you will need. The table below shows the typical number of toilets needed based on the crowd size of an 8-hour event.

Number of peopleNumber of toilets needed
50 or less2
5008
100012


This guide focuses on portable toilets for construction sites or home improvement projects. Standard portable toilets are usually used for this. The American National Standards Institute gives a figure of 1 portable toilet per every 10 workers, assuming 8-hour workdays.

Purchase vs. rental

Portable toilets can be purchased or rented. Rental is the most common choice, since most people only have a temporary need for portable toilets. The average price for a standard portable toilet is:

  • $125-$175 per day or per weekend
  • $100-$500 per month

The pricing works this way because the highest cost for the provider is transportation and setup. The longer you keep the portable toilet, the more cost-effective it is for the company. This enables them to charge you less for longer durations.

Types

TypeDescriptionCost
StandardMost common: private, stand-alone structures with a toilet. Similar in function to old-fashioned outhouses.$80-$100 per day or per weekend
DeluxeUsually include sinks, paper towels, soap, and sometimes flushing.$180 per day or per weekend
High-riseStanding stalls with urinals.$180 per day or per weekend

Labor

The labor cost of setup, maintenance, and pickup will usually be included in your rental price. Maintenance is usually offered weekly. If you want more frequent maintenance, expect to pay $45 per each additional service visit per week.


Enhancement and improvement costs

Add-ons

Extras like sinks, paper towels, and flushing functions are usually included in upgraded toilet types. Portable sinks cost $100 for up to 1 month, sanitizer dispensers cost $20 for up to 1 month.

Restroom trailer

These are full-sized trailers housing multiple bathroom stalls (ranging from 2-20). They are commonly used on movie/TV sets. They require an electricity connection to run the water pump 1, lighting, and A/C. A 2-stall trailer usually costs $300 per day or per weekend, $800 per month.

Wheel-chair accessible toilets

These are made larger and more spacious to accommodate wheelchairs. They typically cost $225-$295 per day or per weekend.

Additional considerations and costs

Placement

Portable toilets must be placed on a level surface. Placement on uneven surfaces can cause the waste basin to fill unevenly. The toilets can be placed anywhere that a service vacuum truck can come within 40’ of.

Regulations and permits

Construction sites may be required by law to provide a number of portable toilets proportional to the size of the work crew. The American National Standards Institute gives a figure of 1 portable toilet for every 10 workers.

Climate fees may apply if you are renting November through March. These fees are $40 per month on average.

Permit fees depend on your city, county, and state. Prices range from $25-$150.

Maintenance

Cleaning is usually done via service vacuum trucks, which must be able to reach at least 40’ of the toilet’s location. The cost of maintenance is usually included in the rental price. Maintenance is most often offered weekly. If you want more frequent maintenance, expect to pay $45 per each additional service visit per week.

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Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Anacortes, WA
-33%
Anaheim, CA
+21%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Bristol, CT
+23%
Brookline, MA
+51%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, SC
-47%
Chula Vista, CA
+8%
Clearlake, CA
-34%
Cupertino, CA
+33%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Dodge City, KS
-21%
Everett, MA
+36%
Herndon, VA
+16%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Homestead, FL
-2%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jamaica, NY
+35%
Lancaster, TX
-6%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Lumberton, NC
-38%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Milton, MA
+43%
Mobile, AL
-8%
Modesto, CA
-12%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Norfolk, VA
-6%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Post Falls, ID
-25%
Rialto, CA
-1%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
San Benito, TX
-46%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
Seattle, WA
+9%
Torrance, CA
+12%
Trenton, NJ
+28%
Washington, DC
+23%
Waynesboro, PA
-15%

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