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Waste permit scheme


If you are visiting a Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip) with a van, pickup, minibus or you are towing a trailer you will need a waste permit. You can apply for up to three waste permits at one time.

Complete the waste permit online form before noon on a weekday and your permit/s will be posted to you on same day (second class post). 

You can also:

  • Call us with your details and we'll send the permits to you in the post. 
  • Call us with your details and  then collect your permit/s from your nearest customer access point.
  • Visit your nearest customer access point and have a permit issued while you wait.

Only certain types of vehicles can enter a  Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC). Download Who needs a waste permit (PDF, 67kb) which provides more information on whether your vehicle can enter the site. 

Waste permit rules and conditions of use

Make sure you read through and understand the following:

Before you apply

  • Permits are for household waste only. Any potentially hazardous waste such as chemicals, paint or asbestos require a household hazardous waste permit.
  • Permits are for County Durham residents only.
  • A permit is valid for 28 days from the date specified by the customer.
  • Permits can be used for one visit only.
  • Expired permits can be reissued by calling customer services.
  • If it's waste from home DIY projects you are limited to 12 permits per year.
  • Your application will be delayed if you do not complete it in full.
  • You must give specific details of the waste - 'DIY waste' or 'household waste' is not sufficient description.

Before you set off to the HWRC (tip)

  • A maximum limit of one tonne of waste applies to each permit.
  • The person whose name and address is on the permit must be present at the HWRC, even if someone else is driving. You may be asked for ID such as a driving licence or bank card.
  • There is no pedestrian access to HWRCs.

Why do we operate a permit scheme for household waste?

Our permit scheme was introduced to prevent commercial and trade waste from being illegally taken to our HWRCs.