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Application to put a skip on a public road / highway


You must have a permit before you place a skip on a public road or highway. A fee is payable for this.

Skip permit fees

Each permit costs £26.50 for up to 14 days placement, and £19.50 per week thereafter.

If you do not get your permit agreed before the skip is in place, it will cost £112.00.

Do you make regular permit applications?

If you're a skip hire company or other organisation or individual who regularly places skips on roads, you can apply for a  Icon for pdf Skip account application (PDF, 26.8kb)

As an account holder, you don't have to pay up front (we will invoice you) and you won't have to produce your public liability insurance documents every time you apply.

Apply for or extend a skip permit

Please make sure you have read, and agree to, our skip permit terms and conditions and you are aware of your legal obligations before you apply.

Processing your application

We must receive your skip permit application at least three working days before the skip is needed. This is our target period to process a correctly completed form.

Permit approvals

Once we have approved your application you will be sent your skip permit.

Implied granting of licence (tacit consent)

If you have not heard from us after three working days, you have the right to act as though your application has been granted.

Permit refusals

As the highway authority, we may refuse your application or suggest an alternative location if the planned one is unacceptable. Please contact us to discuss an application refusal, or issues resulting from it.

Placing a skip on a public road or highway - the law

  • You must have an appropriate level of public liability insurance, currently £5 million.
  • Your skip must not represent a danger to people using the highway, cause unnecessary obstruction to the free flow of traffic (vehicle and pedestrian), or conflict with other works or events. 
  • Skip permits are issued subject to an assessment of the planned position, skip dimensions, visibility to traffic, care and disposal of skip contents, lighting, security and the skip's removal.

Find more information about the placement and control of skips in section 139 and section 140 of The Highways Act 1980 (Chapter 66). 

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