Using a skip is essential for removing unwanted materials from a property. Whether you are renovating or building a new property, skips of various sizes let you shift construction materials and debris with ease. They are also great for taking away clutter and general waste. Before placing a skip on a public road or pavement, you will need a skip hire permit.
When a skip is needed
A skip permit or license is not needed when you put your skip on private property. This includes using your skip on your yard or driveway. A permit from your local council is required whenever placing a skip on a public highway, which includes roads and pavements. Without a permit, your skip might be removed by local authorities and you might also face a fine. Getting a permit will protect you from potentially costly fines and other enforcement action, so it is always a good idea to factor in the cost and timing of obtaining one as part of your project.
How to get a skip permit
Skip permits are available from your local authority, such as a city or county council. Most councils let skip hire companies apply for permits on behalf of their clients. Others require the person hiring the skip to apply for the permit. It generally takes less than a week to obtain a skip permit. Once a permit is secured, your skip company will drop off the skip at an approved location.
The cost of a permit varies depending on where you live and the amount of time you are using the skip. Generally, the average price is around £30. Permits are typically valid for a specific period, which can range from one day to several weeks. A skip permit can usually be renewed for an additional charge. Hiring a skip for several months will often require multiple permit applications. There may also be additional fees and service charges, such as fees for using the skip on a parking bay or space.
Getting more information
Rules and procedures for securing a skip permit vary from council to council. Each local authority might also have conditions of use that may regulate where and how the skip is used, including whether skips can be placed on red routes and yellow lines. If you need to hire a skip, contact your local authority first and visit their website for details about applying for a permit. A local skip hire company can also be a useful source of information.
February 15, 2017