Do I Need a Permit for a Skip?

Have you ever wondered if you need a skip permit? Please read our blog to find out all you need to know about skip permit rules and regulations for skip hire.


Skip Permit Rules and Regulations

If you want to hire a skip and know the skip size, you now need to choose the skip location, which is usually a driveway to a property, business site or a public highway. The location of the skip will determine if a skip permit is required or not.

You don’t need a skip permit, also known as a skip licence, if you’re putting the skip entirely on private land (driveway or yard). We would advise you to inform your neighbours or landlord of any skip hire and to be courteous to them. Check that your skip can be delivered to your chosen space safely without disturbing property or walls.

However, if you are looking to locate a skip on any public highway (which includes roads and pavements), you will need to have a skip hire permit. Safety lights and markings may also be required to go on or around the skip to improve visibility for motorists and walkers.



Public Highway Skip Permit 

Before placing a skip onto any public highway (including roads and pavements), you will need to have a skip hire permit.

It is illegal for a skip to be on a public highway without a permit. If you do not have a skip permit, your skip can be removed without notice and you may also be liable for a fine of up to £1000.

Depending on your area and local council rules there may be some restrictions on the skip size that can be placed on a public highway.

Usually, the largest skip size that can go on a public highway is an 8 Yard Skip, also known as a builders’ skip. An 8-yd skip that holds 60-80 bin bags is a popular choice of skip for building projects and is also ideally suited for larger domestic projects and property clearances.

Under the Highways Act 1980, Section 139 states that a builders’ skip shall not be deposited on a highway without the permission of the highway authority for the highway.


Why do I need a Skip Permit?

A skip permit ensures that the skip is placed safely onsite and does not endanger any road users, block property access, or reduce highway width or visibility for example at a junction.

When you are granted a skip permit, it is essentially an agreement that you will follow all of the rules and regulations put in place by the local authorities to keep you and the public safe, and cause minimal disruption.

Skip permits are also used to control how many skips are on roads at any one time. Too many skips can impact parking and traffic flow through the local area.


Skip Permit Application

When you hire a skip from Speedy, it is the hirer's responsibility to make sure the correct skip permit is obtained. If ordering online, you can click the ‘Add Permit’ option to confirm the addition of the skip permit when you place your skip hire order.

If you do not agree to the addition of the skip permit if the desired location is a public highway, we are unable to deliver your skip and place it on a public highway, pavement, or pathway. 

Cancellation charges may apply if skip delivery is attempted to a location where a skip permit is required but not in place.

If you are unsure if a skip permit is required, please give us a call on 0345 600 3546 we will be happy to help you with your skip hire enquiry.



How much does a skip permit cost?

The cost of a skip permit varies according to where you are in the UK and depends on how long you want to put the skip on the road.


How long do skip licences last?

A skip permit typically lasts between one or two weeks. This may also depend on your local county council rules, but most councils will allow you to extend this initial period if required. However, most jobs can be done within this time frame if you're organised. There will be an additional fee to extend if granted.

Most skip companies will also hire out for initial periods of one or two weeks; you should try and match up these time frames to save money and ensure you don't get into any issues.


Is there skip hire near me?

Thank you for reading our skip permit blog, we hope you have found it useful.

Please contact Speedy Skip Hire today on 0345 600 3546 to enquire about hiring a skip.

At Speedy Skip Hire we have got a great range of skips available, we will be happy to recommend the best skips for your needs.

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