When renting porta potties for your event, it’s important to know not just how many you’ll need, but also where you’ll place them. You may assume that you can simply put them all next to each other on the side of your event space. However, it’s common for people to make mistakes with porta potty placement.
To avoid lines blocking traffic flow, discontented guests, and potential trouble with the law, knowing proper porta potty placement is a must. Here are some of our top tips to help you determine how to place your porta potties around your event.
#1. Ensure They Are On Level, Stable Ground
The last thing that you want is for there to be a risk of the porta potties tipping over. They must always be placed on dry, level ground – that will stay level. Ideally, they would be placed on a paved surface. However, if this is not possible, you want to place them somewhere that won’t become unstable with mud or junk or what have you.
Depending on where your event is located, there may be the possibility of placing them on sidewalks. To do this, you will need to get a permit, as sidewalks are usually public property. You don’t want to get into trouble for placing a porta potty somewhere you needed a permit for.
#2. They Must Be Easily Accessible
You may be tempted to put your porta potties somewhere out of the way, in order to avoid people having to see them. However, when considering porta potty placement, you must ensure that they are somewhere people can easily access.
This is why the temptation to place all the porta potties in the same spot isn’t the greatest. It is better to spread your porta potties out throughout the event so that there is always one close by when people need to see to their needs. No one wants to have to trek all the way across the event space when nature calls.
#3. Maintenance And Delivery Trucks Must Be Able To Access Them
Part 2 of accessibility includes the trucks that deliver, clean, and remove the porta potties. They must be able to easily access where you want to place your porta potties. If you want your porta potties placed somewhere the truck can’t access, you’ll be forced to pick somewhere they can.
Something that can make determining porta potty placement easier is finding somewhere within 25 feet of where the delivery and maintenance trucks can park.
#4. People Must Be Able To See Them
No one wants to be in a pickle and have no idea where the nearest restroom or portable toilet is. It’s understandable to not want your porta potties front and center, but people still need to be able to spot them when they need them.
On this note, it’s generally best to for porta potty placement to be around food and beverage and seating areas. However, you don’t want them to be too obvious, as this can ruin people’s appetites. Have them near people, but not in the middle of the area. Being able to see a porta potty off to the side shouldn’t ruin the experience and is easy to see.
#5. Don’t Forget About The Weather
You may have an eye on the weather for what it means for your event, but have you thought about what it means for porta potty placement too?
This ties into the first point about dry, level ground. If you place porta potties on grass or dirt, these areas can become unstable in the rain. Mud also makes it more challenging for guests to get to the porta potties. Plus, rain can come through the vents, making the inside of the porta potty slippery and wet and altogether not a good experience.
Wind is another crucial elemental factor to keep in mind. Strong winds could tip porta potties over. As such, you want to ensure that the porta potties are secured, either to the ground or against a wall or something similar.
If there is rain or snow in the forecast, consider whether or not the event space has overhead coverage. This isn’t always possible, but if it is, this would be a good spot for porta potty placement.
#6. They Shouldn’t Block Emergency Equipment
Never place porta potties in the way of fire hydrants or other emergency equipment. You never want porta potties blocking traffic in general, but you want to be especially sure that they wouldn’t prevent emergency vehicles from having enough space to enter and navigate the location. This is usually something that the law requires.
Do You Have Further Questions About Porta Potty Placement?
These are but 6 tips for how to place porta potties around your event. If you have any questions about porta potty placement or you would like to rent portable toilets for your event, Canyon View Dumpsters & Toilets is here to help! Contact us today to learn more about our porta potty and dumpster rentals.