If you are hiring a skip for the first time, you may be feeling at a little bit of a loss regarding what you can and cannot do. Can you put your skip on the road or pavement? Do you need to get any sort of special permission for this to be the case?

Can you put a skip on the pavement?

You will need to contact your local council to get a skip licence should you want to place your skip on a public road. If you are going to be putting the skip on private land entirely, then you won’t need to get a licence. However, you cannot put a skip on the pavement without getting permission first. 

You may find that you need to put safety markings or lights around or on the skip. This can include the name and telephone of the skip hire business, night-time safety lamps, traffic cones, or reflective markings. 

How long can a skip be on the road?

A skip permit will typically last between one week and two weeks. However, it does depend on the council.

If you need the initial period of time to be extended, the majority of councils will permit this, but do expect to pay an added fee for the benefit. If you need more time, contact your local council in advance.

Should you keep your skip for longer than the time period that has been permitted and you do not get an extension, you may face a fine, so it is important to get in touch with the council in your area as soon as possible. 

How do I get permission for a skip?

In order to get the permission you require for a skip, you will need to get in touch with your local council. You can use the Gov.UK website to apply for your skip permit. You will simply need to enter your postcode and you will be pointed in the direction of your local council and the application process. 

In most areas, though, your skip hire company is going to do this for you, so make sure you enquire about this when you organise the delivery of your skip. In some locations, you will need to do it yourself; it really does depend on where in the UK you are based.

Contact Surrey Recycling Services today for skip hire!

If you would like to hire a skip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Surrey Recycling Services today for more information. We have a number of different skips available, so you will have no trouble finding the right one for your needs. Plus, we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding correct skip use.