Porta Potty Rental

Porta Potty Rental Costs

Last Updated on December 27, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

When hosting any form of function where a lot of people will be in attendance, it is crucial to ensure that there will be enough bathroom facilities for everyone to use. In most cases, this will involve the use of porta potties and other forms of portable bathrooms. These days, there are a few different factors that need to be considered with regard to porta potty rental cost, all of which will be discussed below.

Amount and Type of Potties Needed

Among the most important factors to consider when it comes to calculating the porta potty rental cost for an event are the amount and type of units that will be needed. A good rule of thumb is to have one porta potty unit for every 10 to 15 people who will be in attendance at the event. The type of event being planned will normally also play a big role in determining the type of potty units that should be hired. For example, those needed for a sporting event or funfair can normally be the basic models, while those being hired for weddings and other corporate functions can be more of an upmarket nature in most instances, but this depends on what the bride and groom want or can afford.

Comparing the Difference

In most cases, the difference between the porta potty rental cost of the basic models will be a fair bit cheaper than those that are more upscale on the inside. Basic models will normally not be the flushing type, or they will have a foot-operated flush mechanism and there will be no extras like washbasins, soap dispensers, or interior lighting. In some cases, lockable doors may even be considered as optional extras! However, the more upmarket or fancy porta potty systems will have proper toilet seats, toilet paper, and paper towel dispensers, soap dispensers, inside lighting, and full flush mechanisms. In some cases, these setups may even be kitted out as full restrooms on the inside.

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Porta Potty?

Porta Potty CostDepending on the type of porta potty units needed the average porta potty rental cost will start from as low as $75 a day per unit. However, if the more upscale units are going to be needed, the cost can go to as much as $5,000 per day for some of the more luxurious porta potty or temporary restroom setups. All things considered though, the $5,000 per day rate will include a granite countertop, a full vanity and mirror setup, proper flushing toilets, linen hand towels, luxury toilet paper, hand soap, and full-sized washbasins. In most cases though, people attending most forms of outdoor events will be more than happy to use the basic porta potty models – as long as they are clean.

Always Sign a Contract

When looking for information regarding porta potty rental cost, it is essential to ensure that a contract is signed, as this will ensure that the correct amount of units are delivered to the even premises in good time. It will also ensure that provision is made for the collection and cleaning of the units – especially in cases like building sites, where long term rentals may be required. Provision should also be made in the contract for setting up the units and stating who will be responsible for covering the costs of any damages or theft of the units that may occur (believe it or not, porta potty units do sometimes get stolen)! Everything needs to be clarified before signing any rental contract.

Also read about the cost of a: Walk-in Bathtub, Bath fitter, and Roto-Rooter services.

Shop Around for the Best Possible Prices

These days, there are a lot of companies who rent out these units, so it is quite possible to get a low porta potty rental cost in most cases. However, in cases where the rental cost from 1 company is substantially lower than that of other companies, it may be because they charge extra for items like collection, delivery, and even toilet paper. Before agreeing to hire these units from any company, it is essential to clarify exactly what will be included in the rental cost for each unit. Some companies may have a somewhat higher porta potty rental cost, but their overall cost may end up including everything from delivery to set up to additional paper towels and hand soap for event guests to use.

The average porta potty rental cost need not be high though. In fact, by shopping around and comparing quotes, it is quite possible to get great units at prices that are highly affordable. One of the best ways to find a reliable porta potty rental company is to search online for customer service reviews and complaints. Companies who only have poor reviews or even no reviews at all should be avoided, while those with excellent reviews will usually provide the best products and services at the best possible prices.

Alec Pow
3 replies
  1. Victoria Addington
    Victoria Addington says:

    Thanks for providing the estimated costs of portable toilet rentals. My husband and I are planning to throw a backyard party for my seven-year-old daughter’s birthday. It’s good to know that one porta potty unit is enough for every 10 to 15 people who will be in attending the event. Since you noted that it’s $75 a day per unit, I guess I shall then rent at least two.

  2. Alice Carroll
    Alice Carroll says:

    You made a good point that having a contract to sign is an important part of renting portable toilets. I plan to teach my kids how to camp someday but I’d like to start with a meadow that’s relatively near our home so that we don’t have to stray much. Having portable toilets for that will help keep things quite clean.

  3. kingsserv
    kingsserv says:

    One important aspect of portable toilet maintenance relates to preparing the tank for future use. Refilling the tank with an additive that breaks down and disinfects waste is the usual procedure.


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