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Skip Permit: Everything You Need To Know

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Skip Permit: Everything You Need To Know

If you’re thinking of ordering a skip but unsure whether you’ll need a skip permit or not, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of questions you might need answered before placing your skip hire order.

What is a skip permit?

A skip permit gives you the license and permission to place a skip container on a public highway, which includes roads and pavements. When you order a skip you have to consider where you are going to place the container. If you need to place your skip on council property or on a public road, you’ll need to purchase a permit. Otherwise, the skip will be removed immediately without notice and you may face hefty fines.

Do you need one?

Unsure whether you need a permit for where you’re placing the skip? If you’re planning to put the skip on your private driveway, then there is no need to purchase a permit. Be sure to have clear access and keep in mind that the width of a truck lorry is roughly 9ft.

Alternatively, you may be wondering if it is possible to place a skip on your private property, but have concerns about access issues. For example, you may have a front garden with no driveway. As long as the access is clear, in most cases we are able to lift the container over anything under 3ft high, such as a small fence or hedge.

What about commercial projects?

We’ve covered domestic sites, however, here at the Skip Supply Network we also cater for commercial projects. If your skip is going on a commercial site, as long as it is off-road and you have permission from the site owner, you can place the container on commercial and industrial premises – without needing a permit. 

An allocated private car parking space is also considered private property, as long as you have permission from the car park owner. However, if you want your container placed in a controlled parking zone, such as a residents parking bay or pay & display metered parking, you’ll need to get a parking pay suspension. 

If none of these options are viable for you and you need to place your skip on a public road or a council owned pavement, you’ll need to have a permit.

How do you get a skip permit?

Some councils require you to contact them directly in order to purchase a permit. However, this has become extremely rare in recent years. Usually, your skip hire company will arrange this on your behalf. If you’re not sure whether you need to go to your council first, give us a call at the Skip Supply Network. One of our friendly advisors will let you know what you need to do. Be sure to organise your skip in advance as it takes between 3-5 working days to arrange a permit with your local council.

The cost of a permit varies, depending on where you are located in the UK. For example, the cost of a skip permit in London is likely to be higher than a permit in other areas of the country. Skip permits are valid for between one & four weeks. It is best to stick to the originally agreed period if you can. Renewing your skip permit will incur additional costs. That being said, it is always an option to extend the permit period if needs be. Simply contact one of our expert sales advisors to organise extra time. 

How to safely position the skip with a permit

There are a few things to consider when thinking about the safety and regulations of placing a skip container somewhere with a permit.

-You are not allowed to block any pavements, entrances or exits to driveways and properties. Unless, permission has been given by owners. 

-It is essential to not cover utility access points such as manhole covers. Also, you cannot place a skip within 15 metres of a junction.

-Avoid placing the container on yellow lines or in pay and display bays, as you’ll need additional permits for this.

-Be careful to not leave any waste lying on the road as this is extremely hazardous to the public.

-It’s dangerous to place a skip with the nose pointed out into the road – it must be lengthways.

-Be sure the skip company’s name and contact number is displayed on the container. The skip must be surrounded by lights and cones.

-If at any point the skip is deemed unsafe then you may be fined.

Here at the Skip Supply Network, we have trusted and reliable partners that are experienced in the waste management industry. We’ll ensure that your skip is delivered & placed safely by one of our fully trained truck drivers.

What happens if a skip is placed on a road without a permit?

Firstly, our sales advisors and network partners will not allow for a skip to be placed on public property without a permit. This would cause our customers a huge amount of hassle and we pride ourselves on providing reliable, honest and efficient services. 

Enforcement officers check if containers have valid permits, regularly. If you are found with an unlicensed skip you will be given a significant fine to pay. Therefore, the skip will be immediately removed. It is important to make sure your skip is removed at the end of your permits duration. Be aware of how long your permit lasts. 

How can Skip Supply Network help you?

If you are unsure whether you need a permit for your skip, our friendly sales team are always on hand to help advise on your best suited rubbish removal solution. We are a nationwide company which cover the entirety of the UK. Our extensive knowledge allows us to help you make well informed decisions for your project.

Whether you need a permit or not, we can deliver the best suited skip to your site. Each of our specialist skip suppliers are fully trained and insured to successfully deliver the perfect skip to your project. Alternatively, if you decide getting a skip permit is not for you, we provide other services. We offer other waste removal solutions such as grab hire and man and van services.

Give us a call today – our advisors are more than happy to assist you on your waste management journey.