If you’re thinking of hiring a skip for your home or business, you need to plan a few days in advance in case you need to obtain a skip permit (sometimes called a skip licence).

To help you decide whether you need a permit and how to overcome any problems or issues, we’ve put together this simple guide.

Do I Need a Skip Permit?

If your skip is going to be placed on private land, such as a driveway, garden or yard, then you do not need a permit.

However if you need to put the skip on the road outside your property or a grass verge, you will need to obtain a permit from your local council.

This is because local councils need to minimise any hazards, obstructions and danger to pedestrians, drivers and residents, and ensure public safety on highways.

If you don’t obtain a licence before placing a skip in a public place, you are committing an offence under the Highways Act 1980 and are likely to be fined.

How Do I Obtain a Permit?

First, you need to check your local council’s skip hire regulations. A few councils, mainly those in London and Scotland, require you to apply for a permit directly, but most of the time your skip hire company will be able to arrange this for you.

Most councils have an online facility for obtaining a skip permit, where you can either fill in a form online, or download and print an application. If your registered skip hire company is going to be arranging this for you, please note they will require your full address and the start date for the skip hire when they apply.

The permit can take up to 7 working days to arrange, depending on the local council, and there will be an additional cost involved which the skip company will confirm to you. The cost varies depending on the local council, and permits generally expire after a week, so a reapplication will be required if you need the skip for longer.

Is There Anything Else I Need to Know?

Each local council will have a set of guidelines that must be adhered to if your skip is located on a public road overnight.

This could include the provision of:

  • reflective markings
  • traffic cones
  • night-time safety lights
  • the name and address of the skip hire company.

ProSkips will arrange all of these items for you.

What Can I Do if the Council Doesn’t Grant a Permit?

pro skipsThere are circumstances where a council may decline a permit. If your permit is declined, ProSkips can still help you out. We are able to bring a skip to your property at a pre-arranged time, load it quickly and efficiently, and remove your waste, without the hassle of obtaining a permit and worrying about night-time safety precautions.

If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines concerning whether you need a skip permit, how to obtain your permit, and the regulations for your local council, please ask us and we will be able to advise you further.

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