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Skip Permits

A skip permit is issued by your local council and is usually required for any skip being placed on the public highway.

This means if you cannot place your skip on private land, you will need a skip permit – sometimes referred to as a skip license.

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Skip Permit & Licence Overview

What is a skip permit or skip licence?
A skip permit is issued by your local council and allows a skip to be placed on the public highway, such as the street in front of your home or business. There are usually terms attached to the permit including a start and end date, lighting and signage requirements. In almost all cases a charge is levied. A skip permit and skip license are the same thing.A skip permit and skip licence are the same thing.
Do I need a skip permit?
A skip permit is needed any time a skip is placed on the public highway. This means any land which is not private - so the street in front of your home or business will usually be considered the public highway. This includes roads, pavements and verges. In contrast, a private car park or your driveway would be considered private land and a skip permit would not be required. It is illegal to place a skip on the public highway without a skip permit.
Who issues a skip permit?
A skip permit is issued by your local council. Depending on where you live, it could be the town council or the county council that issues the skip permit.
Do I need to organise the skip permit?
Whilst a skip permit may be issued by the local council, it will usually be the skip company who will liaise with the local council to get the permit issued. Many councils will only deal with skip companies directly. When booking the Clearabee Skip Hire Service, we will normally organise the skip permit for you.
What does a skip permit cost?
A skip permit varies in cost significantly from area to area. The average cost across the country was £45 in 2019, but with costs as high as £165 in some parts of London to as low as £9 in Sheffield.
Are there other costs associated with a skip permit?
Most operators will charge more than the cost of the permit to allow for the administration involved. This includes liaising with the council to get the permit issued (assuming the operator is handling this for you, which is often a requirement) and to allow for the cost of providing lights and cones to ensure the skips are legal when placed on the highway. Because of this costs, can be 20 to 30% on top of the official rate in many cases, and VAT will usually be added.
How long does it take for a skip permit to be issued?
Skip permits are often issued within 1 business day, but some councils can take up to a week or even longer. Because of this, it does take longer to fulfil a skip order which will need a permit and more advanced planning will be required. If you are in a rush, off road skips are often available next day. If you do not have space for an off the road skip, our rubbish clearance service is available on the very same day on most occasions and a skip permit is not required.
How long does a skip permit last?
A skip permit is issued for a fixed period of time. The length of the permit varies by area but the most common permit periods are 7 to 14 days. Most skip companies will hire a skip for at least 14 days, which means if you intend to utilise the full hire period, you may need an extension.
What happens if my permit expires?
If your permit expires it will be illegally situated on the highway. You must request an extension before it expires and allow enough time for the extension to be processed, or you could be liable for a fine. In some cases a skip company will come and collect the skip when the permit is due to expire, but this is not guaranteed and you could be liable for a fine.
Do I need a parking suspension?
Placing a skip on a public highway always requires a permit, but if you live in an area with parking restrictions you will likely need at least a parking restriction too, which will add further to the cost and administration burden. Remember to avoid this, you can consider our clearance service. Parking restrictions include pay and display spaces as well as residential and business parking in controlled or permitted areas. Depending on how many restrictions are in place, there could be a delay in issuing the suspension. For example, if a number of your neighbours are also placing a skip on the road outside their home, the council may choose not to issue another suspension to ensure there is enough parking available.
Does a skip permit cover me for any number of skips?
A skip permit is usually issued for one standard skip. Additional skips will require a special permit or an additional permit and there may be strict rules associated with placement.
Does a skip permit include insurance?
The law requires the skip operator to have a minimum insurance cover of £5m, so you will not need any additional insurance in almost all standard cases, but your local council will provide full terms and conditions.
Does a skip permit allow me to place any skip on the road?
Skips placed on the road must meet specific criteria which usually means the largest skips are not suitable for the road without additional permission. Standard permits require each skip to not exceed 5m in length by 2m in width. Skips placed on the road must comply with the The Builders' Skips (Markings) Regulations 1984 with specific rules on markings, as detailed here.
Other standard terms/ legal requirements for your permit
Lighting and signage Additionally skips must clearly display the skip owner's name and number. Other rules on skips? Skips should never be overloaded but this is even more important when on the road. This is a specific requirement as part of your skip permit. Do not be tempted to build up the sides or overload the skip, as this could make you liable if there are any problems and the skip may not be removed. Fly tipping Skips can be fly tipped and it will be your responsibility to ensure the skip is used in line with the permit. It is recommended that you fill the skip as soon as possible and have it collected quickly, or consider a man and van service when the waste can be cleared in one go.
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