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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Austin Code may revoke a license if a licensee does not comply with the law, pay required fees or file required reports.

The following list of licensed private haulers is provided as a resource. The City of Austin does not endorse any particular company. 

An applicant must provide the following to receive a license:

  • A completed City of Austin Application for Licensing and Exemption.
  • A list of vehicles and containers
  • Proof of insurance — a certificate of general and commercial auto liability insurance
  • The annual State of Texas vehicle inspection certification for each licensed vehicle
  • The semi-annual tonnage report
  • Required vehicle and container licensing fees

Recycling vehicles and containers are exempt from fees as long as they are used exclusively to collect recyclables and have blue recycling licenses. The license decals must be permanently affixed to the exterior vehicle doors or the service side of the container.

The licensing fee for solid waste vehicles is $300 per vehicle / per year.  The fee is due on or before the last business day in January of each year.  The fee for solid waste containers is $3 per container / per month.  The container fee is paid quarterly (every three months). 

Per Ordinance No. 20120628-012, you do not need a license. The licensing requirement is for businesses, which collect landfill trash and/or recyclables in Austin.

Yes, the City of Austin spends $250,000 per year cleaning property where furniture, tires and junk have been illegally dumped.

  • To educate the community about the ordinance
  • To support prevention of illegal dumping by encouraging citizens to call 3-1-1 or 9-1-1
  • To provide resources to clean illegal dumpsites
  • To support the Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO).  Learn more.

Offenses are punishable by a fine up to $2,000 and, upon a first conviction, not less than $100.  The minimum fine shall be doubled for the second conviction of the same offense within any 24-month period and tripled for the third and subsequent convictions of the same offense within any 24-month period.

Recycling is a process by which materials are collected, sorted, processed or prepared into marketable commodities for manufacturing into new products.

Solid waste is rubbish, refuse and other discarded materials, such as tires and construction scraps (e.g. landfill trash or debris).

Submit application by mail: City of Austin Code Department, Attn: Finance-Private Hauler, PO Box 1088, Austin, TX 78767, in person: 1520 Rutherford Lane, Building One, or online to

The Private Hauler Program is located at: 1520 Rutherford Lane, Building One, Austin, Texas 78754.  This is not a mailing address. Applications mailed to this address will be returned. Submit application by mail to: City of Austin Code Department, Attn: Finance-Private Hauler, PO Box 1088, Austin, TX 78767. Or in person: 1520 Rutherford Lane, Building One

Austin Code and law enforcement will ensure private haulers operating in the city comply with this ordinance and other applicable laws.

Please contact our Licensing Program Specialist at 512-974-9035 for information regarding licensing and reporting requirements.

All private haulers that collect, remove, or transport waste, recycling, and/or organic/compost within the City of Austin must obtain a Private Hauler License (Ordinance No.20120628-012City of Austin Code 15-6, Article 3).  The license must be renewed annually, and is not transferable.