Skip permits are required to allow the council’s waste and recycling companies to collect and transport waste from your home.
The council will not issue a permit for skips that are greater than 3 metres in length or 1 metre in height. The council will not issue a permit for skips if it is not practical to place them on the customer’s property, such as on the footpath, footway or verge.
The council will not issue a permit for skips if they do not meet environmental regulations, such as those used for hazardous materials. The council does not approve of people dumping their rubbish into an unregistered skip and then removing it before the permitted period has expired and this is against the law.
Is private property exempt from needing a skip permit?
Skip hire companies need to know how long you want the skip for. If you are hiring a skip for something like a house renovation, you will need to hire it for the duration of the time it will take.
Many people think that private land such as a driveway is exempt from any restrictions or permitting requirements. A lot of people don’t know that if they place a skip on private land without a permit, they can be fined up to £5,000 and prosecuted.
Skip rental can be a great option for removing your rubbish quickly and cheaply. But there are some things to keep in mind before you hire one.
One of the first things to think about is how long you need the skip. This will depend on what type of rubbish you’re disposing of, but also your needs. If you need to dispose of furniture or rubble then it may be better to rent the skip on an ongoing basis rather than by the day or week, as these items may take longer than 3 days (or 7 days if it’s on private land).
If you’re only disposing of light waste such as garden waste, then hiring a skip for 3-7 days will usually suffice.
Check with your local council
It is important to check for information for the local council. Skip hire companies might not know the current guidelines for your area.
There are different rules for different councils so it is important to always check with the council’s website or phone line. Some councils will allow you to keep a skip on your property for 10-14 days before enforcement teams will come and collect it, others only allow you if the skip has not caused any damage and still, others do not allow skips at all!
Check your local area at https://www.gov.uk/apply-skip-permit
Why do you need a permit on a public highway?
In England and Wales, you need a permit from the highway authority to use a skip on a public highway. The permit can be obtained from the district council, but it must also be displayed on the side of the skip.
In England and Wales, you need to apply for a permit from your district council to place an obstruction on an open carriageway of any public highway. The application must specify what type of obstruction is proposed (eg tyre recycling) and how long it will remain in position.
A maximum period of one month is generally allowed for most types of obstruction, but this can vary depending on local circumstances. The application should state when the proposed obstruction is required and how frequently it will be needed afterwards.
How long do skip permits last?
A skip permit is valid for a specific number of days. This period depends on the size of the skip and the specific requirements set out by your local council.
The time period for which a permit is valid depends on the size and type of skip and where you live in the country. In general, most urban councils will ask for a skip permit to be valid for seven days, although some will allow up to 14-days if there is no risk of fly-tipping.