Donation Bins

Authority

City Council adopted Ord. No. 2023-22 at the November 7, 2023 meeting. This ordinance pertains to the regulation of donation bins in the City of Azle.

Key Points of the Ordinance

  1. Defines "donation bin" as any box, container, building, trailer, or other receptacle equal to or larger than forty-five (45) cubic feet in volume that is intended for use as a collection point for donated clothing or other household materials.
  2. Limits one donation bin per commercial property and establishes restrictions on size, location, signage, material, and color.
  3. Does not grand-father any donation bin; all existing and new donation bins are required to comply with this regulation.
  4. Establishes new annual permits, fees, and maintenance requirements.
  5. Holds jointly liable both the permit holder and the property owner for the maintenance, upkeep, and servicing of the donation bin, including cleanup and removal of donations left outside the donation bin, within forty-eight (48) hours of notification by the city.
  6. Establishes new procedures and fees for removal and impoundment of donation bins.

Fees

  • Annual permit: $200
  • Impoundment: $200
  • Daily storage of impounded bins: $20 per day
  • No fee is required when the donation bin is located on the same premises of the entity for which it is collecting.

FAQs

To whom does this ordinance apply?

  • Donation bins equal to or larger than forty-five (45) cubic feet in volume must apply for and obtain a permit.
  • Donation bins smaller than forty-five (45) cubic feet in volume do not require a permit.

How do I apply for a permit?

Fill out an application and submit to permits@cityofazle.org. The application includes a form and requires the authorization of the owner of the real property where the donation bin will be placed. If approved, you will be charged $200 for a one-year permit. All permits expire annually on December 31st regardless of the date of issuance; however, the fee for each permit shall be prorated for each month for which the permit is issued. 

How will Code Enforcement know if a donation bin has a permit or not?

Permit holders will receive a decal that must be clearly displayed on the FRONT of the bin. 

What are the design standards for a donation bin?

  • Donation bins must have a base of not more than twenty-five (25) square feet.  
  • Donation bins must be constructed of sturdy, weather-resistant material and be of one solid color (no fluorescent colors).  
  • The permit decal must be clearly displayed on the FRONT of the donation bin.
  • Each donation bin must clearly indicate in writing on the SIDE that all donations must fit INTO AND BE PLACED INSIDE the donation bin. 
  • Each donation bin must clearly display current contact information for the permit holder or person maintaining the donation bin, including street address and phone number on the FRONT of the donation bin.  

Can I have more than one donation bin?

  • No more than one donation bin may be placed on a single lot. In the case of a shopping center or other contiguous development with multiple platted lots, the area will be treated as one single lot.
  • There is no restriction as to the number of permits an individual may obtain. Each donation bin requires a separate permit, regardless of ownership.

Can I place a donation bin anywhere within a single lot?  

  • Donation bins will only be permitted on property that has a parking lot maintained by a business that is in operation.  
  • Only one donation bin is allowed on a shared parking lot.  
  • Donation bins cannot be placed in a required building setback, buffer yard, access easement, drainage easement, floodplain, driveway, utility easement, or fire lane.  
  • Donation bins cannot be placed in a manner that would impede traffic nor visually impair drivers in the parking lot.  
  • At least one parking space must be allotted for people accessing the donation bin.
  • Donation bins cannot occupy any parking spaces that are required for the primary use of the business.  
  • Donation bins cannot be placed within 200 linear feet of a residence or residential zoning district.  

If I allow a donation bin to be placed at my business, am I responsible for it?

Real property owner authorization is required for a permit. The permit holder and the property owner are held jointly liable and responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and servicing of the donation bin, as well as CLEANUP AND REMOVAL of any donations left on the property OUTSIDE of the donation bin, within forty-eight (48) hours of notification by the city.

What about Blessing Boxes? 

Blessing Boxes and neighborhood library boxes are types of donation bins; however, if they are LESS THAN forty-five (45) cubic feet in volume, they DO NOT need a permit.

Fees

View the complete Fee Schedule. All permit fees vary according to type.