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If you place a skip on any public road or pavement you will need a skip permit (or skip licence as it is sometimes called). Failure to do so and your skip can be removed before you have filled it and you are likely to be liable to a fine. There is no requirement for a permit if you put a skip on private land, such as your driveway or field.
Skip permits are issued by councils. The majority of councils allow the skip hire company to apply for a permit on their client’s behalf although a few require the actual person hiring the skip to order it direct. Check with your local council beforehand to see what their process is. On average it takes 3 or 4 days to arrange a permit, so if you are hiring a skip for the road, remember to allow some extra time for this in your planning. If time is of the essence, you may be better off using a man and van clearance service like AnyJunk.
Charges for skip permits vary according to where you are in the UK and the length of time you need to put the skip on the road. Councils normally issue them for one to two weeks and then this can be extended for an additional charge. The average cost of a skip license is around £27. In practise, when a skip company arranges a permit on your behalf they will tend to add a mark-up on the skip permit price to cover their admin costs. Note VAT is not payable on skip permits if you pay the council direct, but will be if recharged through the skip company assuming they are VAT registered.
The price of a skip permit varies across the UK:
Enter your postcode to find out the price of a skip permit where you live.
As well as skip hire permit charges, if a skip needs to be placed in a controlled parking zone (CPZ), in other words in a residents parking bay or metered parking, then unfortunately you will need to pay parking bay suspension fees on top. These vary dramatically by council. In some parts of London for example, they can be as much as £70 per day, but others can be completely free.
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