What requires a permit?
You will need a permit for:
Most councils let the skip hire company apply for the permit but a few councils require the person who is hiring the skip to get the permit. Your council will be able to give you more information on the permit and how to obtain one.
Skip permits are generally valid from one day to four weeks, but they can be renewed. The permit must be issued before the skip is placed on the public highway.
If you do not have a permit in place, the skip can be removed and impounded (and this can be done without warning sometimes), which may cause delays to the work.
You should check with your council where you can place the skip because it can vary from council to council. If your skip is placed entirely on private land you probably wont need a skip permit.
Follow the link below to find out more about skip licences or permits fromyour local council.
Approved waste carriers
You will also be responsible for making sure that your wasteis disposed of by an approved waste carrier.
So you need to make sure that the skip hire company has a valid waste carriers licence and that the company is an approved waste carrier.All companies that transport and dispose of waste are required to have a waste carriers licence by law.
Search for an approved waste carrier
You can search for an approved waste carrier on the Environment Agency website.
Placing the skip and making sure your skip is safe
It is important to place skips on the road rather than the pavement, unless your permit allows the skip to be placed on the pavement. Dont place skips on the highway in places where they might become a nuisance or a danger to road users.
Safety measures to follow are:
Consider hiring an enclosed skip. Enclosed skips are lockable to prevent unauthorised access. They are also the safest type of skip as they stop contents from falling out or overhanging, and stop dust from flying up when items are put into the skip.
Make sure you have any necessary planning permission and that youre following building regulations for your project. For more information visit the planning permission and building regulations section.