You should apply for a skip permit (skip licence) if you want to put a skip on a public road.
You need a licence for:
- hippobags and other skip bags
You don't need a skip licence if you're putting the skip entirely on private land.
You can't put a skip on the pavement.
You will need to find a skip hire company that has public liability insurance. We don't recommend individual businesses, but you can find a listing of local skip hire companies at Yell.com: skip hire.
You may need to put safety lights and markings on or around the skip. This could include:
- reflective markings
- traffic cones
- night-time safety lamps
- the name and telephone number of the skip hire company
If you don't put up the required safety lights and markings, you could be fined up to £1,000.
Permission may be subject to additional conditions such as:
- siting of the skip
- skip dimensions
- care and disposal of skip contents
- skip removal
There's a fee of £35 for each whole or part period of 7 days – that is, for each whole or part week.
For example, 30 days is equal to 4 weeks and 2 days, which is rounded up to 5 weeks, so the fee to place a skip on the highway for 30 days would be 5x £35 = £175.
You should take care to calculate the correct fee for the full period applicable.
Your skip company must apply for a licence on your behalf. You must not apply as a private individual. Applications must be made online via the GOV.UK website:
If you wish to keep the skip for longer than period stated on the original application, your skip company must apply to extend the permit on your behalf. There's a fee to pay for the extension period, which is calculated the same way as the application fee.
Contact our Highways team if you need further advice.
: 01375 366 100