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.
You need a permit for:
- 'hippobags' and other skip bags
We require 3 working days' notice to process your application. If a skip is required urgently, we can arrange immediate permission for an extra charge.
Restrictions for skip permits
- we will not give permission to put a skip on the pavement or footway except for in 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
- the licence should be displayed in a visible area (for example, the ground floor window of an adjacent property)
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 to inform you of our decision
If you have not heard from us within 3 working days, please contact Highway Licensing.
Costs for skips (from April 2017)
The skip company will be charged:
- £47.50 for 1 to 14 days
- £47.50 for an additional 1 to 14 days
- an additional £35 if 3 days' notice is not given (£82.50 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 £95 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, cones or breaching any other licence conditions will result in an extra charge to the skip company of £24.
We invoice the skip company at the end of each month for all costs incurred.