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Apply for a skip permit

If you want to place a skip on a road or a street the company that supplies it should apply for a skip permit on your behalf. Skips on your own private land do not require a permit.

Apply for a skip permit

This service is for:

The hire company providing your skip will apply to us for a permit if the skip is to be placed on the road rather than private land (such as a driveway).


Applications for permits are only accepted from the skip company – they are not accepted from members of the public.

The Skip Specifications [PDF] document provides information on:

  • maximum skip size
  • how skips should be lit at night
  • how skips should be positioned on the road.

You will need:

  • contact details for your company (name, email address, telephone number)
  • the type and size of skip
  • the location (including house name/number and area).

First time application - standard conditions

If this is your first application, as well as completing the form you will need to return a signed and dated copy of our standard conditions [PDF].

These set out the requirements and legal obligations that you will have to fulfil in order to place a skip on the road.

The conditions need to be returned to your area or agent office, along with any other documentation such as insurance certificates.

Once a signed copy of this has been received it is kept on file. You will not need to submit this document again for future applications. However, when the standard conditions are amended, a new copy must be signed, dated and returned to your area or agent office.

What you are going to do:

You will complete the form, giving us the details of the skip and its location. You will also confirm your agreement of the standard conditions.

Once you have submitted the form, the area highway office will will check that the proposed location for the skip is acceptable.

The skip permit will then be sent to you by once it has been approved. This may include additional conditions if required.

You must keep a copy of this permit.


We charge skip companies £31 for consideration of an application to place a skip on the road. This is a non-returnable charge per application made.

A further charge of £7 is made if an invoice is requested, to cover our administration costs.

Skip permits are granted for two weeks initially and can be extended for a further two weeks free of charge. However, after this time a new permit will be required.

If a skip is placed on the road without a valid permit we charge an inspection fee of £72 in addition to the £31 permit application fee - a total of £103.

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