Porta Potty Rental Guide

Everything You Need to Know About Renting a Porta Potty

You’ve probably used a porta potty or two in your lifetime. A porta potty is a modern-day outhouse, also called a Port-a-John, Port-a-Jane, or Porta Loo (in the U.K.). A porta potty may be as basic as the contained outdoor stall you find at a concert or as lavish as a luxury portable restroom trailer rented for a movie set.

Porta potties have soared in popularity since they were first introduced in the 1960s.

A porta potty restroom will make or break the success of an event–but it’s not a convenience most of us give a second thought to. When planning an outdoor event or setting up a construction site, you’ll quickly realize that the right porta potty selection for your occasion means everything.

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There are countless circumstances where you may find yourself needing to rent a Port-a-John. Porta Potties are most popularly rented for:
Outdoor Weddings
County Fairs
Rest Areas
Disaster Relief

This list is only the tip of the iceberg. Porta potties can be
rented and set up for large crowds, wherever there is a need.

The humble porta potty has a long list of crowd-pleasing benefits:
Crowd Control
Waste Sanitation
Access to Handwashing Station
Minimal disruption/breaks (on construction site or movie set)
Zero Risk of Clogging or Plumbing Issues
Easy Transport

The porta potty most of us are familiar with is the small portable restroom stall constructed of lightweight plastic. These porta potties used at outdoor events and on construction sites serve as a temporary toilet and can be moved from location to location.

Porta potty rentals will usually come with toilet paper and antibacterial hand sanitizer dispensers. Porta potties can also be rented with a separate internal handwashing station, where soap and paper towels are included. Because a porta potty does not use traditional plumbing, it contains powerful deodorizing chemicals to disinfect and manage waste. These chemicals are the blue liquid found at the bottom of a porta toilet.

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It’s safe to rescue any object you may accidentally drop into a porta potty, at your own discretion. Since the blue disinfectant contains large amounts of waste, wash your hands well after any search-and-rescue mission.

Porta potty rental is a simple solution for waste disposal at a large event or on a site without restroom facilities. Before you sign on the dotted line, here are a few things to remember about porta potty rental:
Some sanitation services provide same-day portable toilet rental; most require at least a 24-hour notice.
Porta potties should come stocked with tank chemicals and toilet paper when you rent them.
Long-term porta potty contracts may come with weekly service to recharge blue sanitizer, clean interior, pump waste tank, and restock supplies.
Minimal disruption/breaks (on construction site or movie set)
Construction jobsites may require portable toilets to support a number of workers by law
Portable toilet rentals are available for almost any amount of time–one day, one week, one month, or long-term.
Portable toilets can be placed in a backyard, as long as a service vacuum truck can access the toilet within 40 feet.
Porta potty odor is controlled with sanitizing and deodorizing detergent water, i.e. the blue water in the toilet reservoir.
Standard porta potties do not need any special hookups; upgraded restroom trailers will require electricity to run air-conditioning, heating, lighting, and water pressure pumps.

On jobsites, the American National Standards Institute advises one portable toilet per 10 workers in a 40-hour workweek.


Event Type

The most important decision to make before renting is to determine how many portable toilets you will need for your crowd.

Most rental companies provide a basic chart for large crowd use; as mentioned above, construction site use dictates roughly one porta potty per 10 workers per workweek.

The number of porta potties needed for an event is based on attendees and event duration:

Event duration (in hours)

This chart assumes a maximum acceptance waiting line of 10 people. Many events prefer shorter lines. Increase unit quantities appropriately.

Here’s a more detailed look at how many porta potties per person and how many per person for a construction site.

Specific recommendations may vary by supplier, but according to this chart, two porta potties are enough for an eight-hour event with less than 50 people. A 10-hour event catering to more than 10,000 people could require the support of up to 72 portable toilets.

Knowing the details of your event is key before booking a rental. The type and size of event will determine how many porta potties you need to rent, where they are placed, and what type of portable toilets you choose, which we will cover in the next section.

Gathering the following information will improve the accuracy of your porta potty rental quote:

  • Company Name
  • Billing & Shipping Addresses
  • Telephone Contact Number
  • Site Telephone Contact Number
  • Desired Portable Toilet Type
  • Desired Portable Toilet Quantity
  • Desired Portable Toilet Accessories
  • Delivery & Pick Up Date
  • Event Duration in Hours
  • Event Crowd Size

A seasoned rental company may ask more specific questions to determine portable toilet use and get you a more accurate number of porta potties for your specific needs. One factor that is often not taken into consideration is the fact that if alcohol will be served at the event, that will greatly impact restroom frequency

For example, beer-drinking concertgoers will use porta potties much more often than the average construction worker. Rental providers may also ask about male to female crowd ratio to cut down on notoriously long women’s restroom lines.

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Porta Potty?


The cost of a porta potty rental ranges from $175 to $275 per day for a standard unit, $225 to $295 for a handicap-accessible unit, and $395 to $795 for a deluxe unit. But it all depends on your location and how long you want it. The cost of porta potty rental is an essential factor to consider when planning your event or project.

Most porta potty rental companies will gather the information above before providing an accurate price quote. Price will vary greatly depending on event type, region, crowd size, porta potty type, length of use, and accessories. Prices for porta john rentals can climb if your event is subject to local regulations, including the use of ADA restrooms for guests with disabilities and OSHA compliant restrooms to meet construction site standards. There also may be discounts that can help you get a cheap price. 

Based on the guidelines above, you will need at least one functioning portable toilet to accommodate up to 50 people in an event that lasts several hours:

A straightforward portable toilet rental could cost from $175 to $225 per day for short-term use.
The cost for a single standard portable toilet may be estimated at $175 to $275 for a weekend.
A standard handicap-accessible portable toilet could cost $225 to $295 per weekend.
A deluxe portable toilet rental may cost $395-$795 per weekend.

The good news is that porta potty rental prices can drop significantly when contracted for long-term use. Some providers estimate an average price of $175 to $500 per month for one construction porta potty rental, with fluctuations based on delivery, location, features, and service charges.

The biggest factor in determining price is the cost of transport and service. Portable toilet companies spend the most on unit maintenance, cleaning, and site delivery. A supplier saves money by contracting multiple portable toilets to the same site for weeks or months at a time. Expect to pay hundreds of dollars less per unit when signing a long-term contract with standard cleaning service.

Here some more information about how much it costs to rent a porta potty for a weekend. You can find out how much it costs to rent a porta potty for a day but expect to pay more of a premium price.


Porta potty placement is another critical factor that could affect the success of your event or slow down jobsite performance. The most ideal placement for a porta potty restroom is a location that’s dry, level, and is centrally located for all event attendees or construction site workers to access.

For larger events or jobsites, portable toilets must be scattered strategically throughout the grounds.

The purpose of this intermittent porta potty placement is to ensure that individuals will not have to travel a long distance to find a portable restroom. For most events, it makes the most sense to place portable toilets near high-traffic areas, such as food and beverage stands and crowd seating. Once convenient placement has been narrowed down, porta potty units must still stand within 25 to 40 feet of access for a service pump truck.

If handicap-access porta potties are required at a large event, units must be easily reached by those with physical limitations, including wheelchairs. Keep in mind that handicap-access portable toilets may also be used by families with small children. The ADA requires a minimum of 5% and no less than one handicap-access unit in each porta potty location to accommodate attendees with disabilities.

Sanitation service

After planning for event type, budget, and placement, you probably still have one burning question on your mind: What about upkeep and sanitation? Before signing a contract for a portable toilet rental, it’s helpful to know what sanitation service your supplier will provide.

Here’s what you can expect the average porta potty supplier to offer in their contract:

Setup and Delivery

Portable toilets, supplies, and accessories will be delivered ready to use.

Cleaning and Service

Cleaning and pumping schedules may be determined by individual suppliers; you may also order extra cleaning or emergency site visits, as needed.

Pickup and Removal

Porta potty suppliers will come to pick up portable toilets and accessories at a predetermined date; suppliers are responsible for total site cleanup.

For long-term rentals of weeks or months, most portable toilet suppliers offer weekly service.

This weekly service may include rechargeable sanitizing liquid; interior wall and urinal sanitation; toilet paper, water, soap, and paper towel restock; and most importantly, pumping of the waste tank. Once-a-week service is considered the industry norm. The fee for weekly service and maintenance will be included in the portable toilet rental quote, unless stated otherwise. Many of these companies also do septic tank pumping and cleaning for an additional cost.

How to choose the right type of
Porta Potty to rent for your event

Portable toilets are likely to be separated into two categories:

Portable Restrooms

Standard portable restrooms can be found at most high-volume events, like concerts and festivals.

Restroom Trailers (otherwise known as executive portable toilets)

Executive porta potties with luxury accessories, including hot and cold running water and flushing toilets, may be found at weddings, on movie sets, or on long-term construction sites.

For a full list of the kinds of porta potties on the market today, visit our Types of Porta Potties page.


These Porta Potty upgrades will put the finishing touch on your special event:

Choosing the right portable toilet accessories is the final step in successful event planning.

Portable Handwashing Station

Standard portable toilets without sinks will need accompanying handwashing stations.

Handwashing stations come with a fresh water source, paper towels, and soap dispenser. One two-sink unit can provide up to 600 washes.

Portable Hot Water Sink

Sanitary sinks are different from standard handwashing stations since they can be used for both handwashing and portable drinking water; ideal for use on relief and construction sites and for military purposes.

Hand Sanitizer Station

A basic four-unit hand sanitizer station can be used in lieu of a handwashing station at a large event; recommended for concerts, festivals, fairs, and construction sites.

Portable Mist Fan

Outdoor electric fan can be set up near portable restrooms to dispense freshwater as a light mist to cool guests waiting in line for the restroom; individual mist fans may provide up to 10 hours of use.

Portable Electric Heater

Portable electric heaters can be set up in porta potties for comfortable use during the winter; recommended to meet some state requirements on construction sites.

Porta Potty Elevator Unit

PORTA POTTY ELEVATOR UNIT Designed specifically for high-rise construction; portable toilet can be lifted by crane or elevator and provides up to a 38-gallon tank.

Shower Trailer

Convenient portable trailer with toilet, sink, and two shower stalls; used for VIP events, disaster relief, construction, and home renovation.

Female-Friendly Porta Potty

Women’s only portable toilets may be available from some suppliers; features include pink decor, clean and spacious design, seat pads, solar power, and odor-free sanitation.

Eco-Friendly Porta Potty

“Green” porta potties are growing in popularity for green weddings and LEED construction sites; features include biodegradable and non-toxic disinfectant liquid, chlorine-free paper products made from recycled materials, and recycled gray water collected from sinks.


Porta Potty Valet

“Green” porta potties are growing in popularity for green weddings and LEED construction sites; features include biodegradable and non-toxic disinfectant liquid, chlorine-free paper products made from recycled materials, and recycled gray water collected from sinks.

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