Skip permits

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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 3 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
  • the licence should be displayed in a visible area (for example, the ground floor window of adjacent property)

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 to inform you of our decision

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

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 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.

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