Skip hire companies are responsible for obtaining a 'skip permit' or 'skip licence', they must complete skip licence application form to get permission to put a skip on the road or grass verge.

Permits are needed for:

  • skips
  • 'hippobags' and other skip bags

You don't need a skip licence to put a skip on private land.

We require 3 working days notice to process skip permit applications; 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 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)

Costs of skip permits

The skip company will be charged:

  • £55 for 1 to 14 days
  • £55 for an additional 1 to 14 days
  • an additional £37 if 3 days' notice is not given (£92 in total)

If we find a skip on the road or grass verge without a permit, we'll contact the skip company. They'll be required to apply for a permit or remove the skip immediately. We invoice a penalty charge of £99 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 £26.

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

Tacit consent

Tacit consent does not apply to applications for skip permits; it's in the public interest for us to process your application, before it can be granted.

This means

  • you cannot assume permission will be given
  • we'll contact you within 3 working days to acknowledge receipt of your application
  • if you haven't heard from us within 3 working days, contact us to check the status of your application

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