Skip permit

Any skip on the highway needs a permit. Only skip suppliers can apply for permits. You don’t need a permit to put a skip on private land.

Each permit lasts for 4 weeks. You will need to apply for a new licence if you want to keep the skip on the highway for longer than 4 weeks.


Skip operators can apply for a skip permit at GOV.UK.  You can apply for more than one skip at the same time. You must have public liability insurance of at least £5 million. 

For waste carrier and disposal licences, skip operators should contact the Environment Agency.

When to apply

You must apply for the licence at least 48 hours before you plan to put the skip on the road.

Documents we need from you when you apply

You do not need to send any other documents when you apply. We may ask to see a copy of your insurance certificate as evidence of your public liability insurance.

After you apply

If your plans are acceptable we’ll give you a licence. We might ask you to meet specific conditions relating to the site and size of the skip, visibility to traffic, protecting the environment, removing the skip, and disposing of the contents.

Skip permit fees and charges

There is a standard fee of £75 per skip. If we refuse you a licence, we’ll refund half the fee (£38). You will need to pay online when you apply.

If you put a skip on the highway without a licence, there’s a charge of £300 plus the application fee. This covers our inspection costs. Where we have to remove the skip, we will also charge you the full removal costs. 

To make sure there is no risk to the public or the environment and that you minimise inconvenience, the skip must:

  • be positioned with the longer sides parallel to the edge of the carriageway and as near to the edge of the carriageway as possible
  • be marked with your name, address and phone number
  • be in good condition and without any holes
  • be painted yellow on both ends 
  • be fitted at each end with vertical red and yellow fluorescent reflective markings to meet the Builders' Skip Regulations 1984
  • have at least 3 hazard warning cones placed around it
  • be lit during the hours of darkness with a lamp on each corner
  • not be in a position that could put people at risk
  • not obstruct the road or footpath 
  • not block any drains
  • not contain any flammable, toxic or dangerous material or any material that could rot or otherwise become a nuisance.

We may add extra safety and guarding conditions for locations where the risk is higher, for example at sites outside schools and in town centres.

You must also leave the highway clean and tidy when you take the skip away. 

Contact us

Report a problem online

If you consider a highways issue to be dangerous, or an emergency, please call us on:

0300 123 5020
(8:30am – 5:00pm)

0300 123 5025
(after 5pm and before 8:30am, including weekends)

Highways
Floor 6
Delamere House

Delamere Street Crewe
Cheshire
CW1 2LL

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