Skip Permit Guide
Skip permits are required by law if you hire a skip on a public road.
- When do you need a skip permit?
- Who issues skip permits?
- How much do skip permits cost?
- What about parking suspension fees for skips?
If you place a skip on any public highway / road (including a pavement) you will need a skip permit from the local council. Failure to do so is unlawful. Your skip could be removed before you have filled it and you are liable to a fine. There is no requirement for a permit if you put a skip on private land, such as your driveway, field or private road.
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 paying for the skip to order it direct. Check with your local council beforehand to see what their process is or ask your skip provider, as they will know. It can take as much as 4 days to arrange a permit (although outside of London, the speed of processing permits tends to be a lot faster), so if you are hiring an on-road skip, 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 rubbish clearance service as this can usually be undertaken within 24 hours of booking.
The cost of a skip permit depends where you are in the UK and the length of time you put the skip on the road. The standard permit duration is for one or two weeks and then this can be extended for an additional charge. The average cost of a skip license is around £30. When we arrange a permit on your behalf, we add this to your overall hire charge.
Guide price table of a skip permits/licenses across the UK
|Birmingham skip permit||£13|
|Bristol skip permit||£13|
|Edinburgh skip permit||£25|
|Essex skip permit||£20|
|Exeter skip permit||£45|
|Leeds skip permit||£20|
|Liverpool skip permit||£10|
|London skip permit (average)||£50|
|Luton skip permit||£55|
|Manchester skip permit||£20|
|Newcastle skip permit||£20|
|Nottingham skip permit||£15|
|Southampton skip permit||£15|
source: Anyjunk 2019
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 pay & display metered parking, then, unfortunately, you will also need to pay parking bay suspension fees. These vary dramatically by council. In some parts of London for example, they can be as much as £80 per day, but others can be completely free. They can be charged daily or weekly. To learn more, read our London skip permit & parking suspension guide.