Skip Permits

This section will explain how Skip Permits work and what information you need to know.

How do Skip Permits work?

If you plan on having a Skip kept on a public highway or verges. You will by law require a permit from your local council.

Most councils let the Skip hire company apply for the permit but a few councils require the person who is hiring the Skip to get the permit. Your council will be able to give you more information on the permit and how to obtain one.

Skip permits are generally valid from one day to four weeks, but they can be renewed. The permit must be issued before the skip is placed on the public highway.

If you do not have a permit in place, the Skip can be removed and impounded (and this can be done without warning sometimes), which may cause delays to the work.

You should check with your council where you can place the Skip because it can vary from council to council. If your Skip is placed entirely on private land you probably wont need a skip permit.

Skip permits can take between three and five days to obtain if the skip is to be left on the road or embankment/verge at the side of the road.

Skip Safety

Safety is our concern when placing your Skip. We avoid pavements and prefer to place on Driveways or paths. If this is not possible, then the road is the next option. As you know from above, if the Skip is to be placed on the road, you will need a permit. We will apply for the permit on your behalf.

Our goal is to cause the least inconvenience as possible to fellow neighbours, businesses and the safety of the public

Safety measures

Our standard safety measures are:

  • Use Visibility tools such as cones or lighting where traffic flow is high or visibility due to weather is low
  • fix reflective markers on both ends of the skip
  • avoid placing the Skip on the pavement, manhole covers, drains, grates or other utility access points

You need to ensure:

  • Waste does not protrude from the sides of the Skip as this can be dangerous for vehicles and pedestrians
  • The Skip is not overfilled and covered if required to prevent spillage during transfer
  • Avoid hazardous materials which may cause fire or toxic risks

Enclosed Skips

Where possible we recommend Enclosed Skips which are lockable to prevent unauthorised access. Enclosed Skips are also better due to the safety of waste falling out and they also help keep dust in.