Skip permits

You need permission to put a skip on the road or grass verge. The skip company is responsible for obtaining the skip permit, sometimes called a 'skip licence'. You do not need a skip licence to put a skip on private land.

How to apply for a skip permit

Download and complete a skip permit application form.

You need a permit for:

  • skips
  • hippobags and other skip bags

We require three working days notice to process your application. If a skip is required urgently, we can arrange immediate permission for an extra charge.


  • we will not give permission to put a skip on the pavement or footway unless there are exceptional circumstances
  • we will not give permission to put a skip on double yellow lines
  • the skip should not cause obstruction to other highway users
  • the skip should be lit at night
  • the skip company should place cones around the skip

Tacit consent

We may be unable to give permission, so this process does not fall under 'tacit consent' parameters:

  • you cannot assume permission will be given
  • we will contact you within 3 days.

If you have not heard from us within 3 working days please contact Network Management.

Costs for skips

The skip company will be charged:

  • £37 for 1 to 14 days
  • £37 for an additional 1 to 14 days
  • an additional £19 if a skip is required urgently (£56 in total)

If we find a skip on the road or grass verge without a permit we will contact the skip company. They will be required to apply for a permit or remove the skip immediately. We invoice a penalty charge of £58 to the skip company for every skip found without a permit. The penalty charge is in addition to the cost of a permit.

Any skip found on the road or grass verge without lights or cones will result in an extra charge to the skip company of £19.

We invoice the skip company at the end of each month for any costs incurred.

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