Are you doing some building work? Do you need to get rid of some
of your household waste? Below are some frequently asked questions
I need a skip to take away my rubbish; can I put it out on
Skips are only allowed on the public highway if it is licenced
by the local authority. It is illegal to place a skip on the
highway without permission from your local authority.
Do I need a licence if the skip is going onto the grass
Yes, the grassed verges are classified as public highway and on
all public highway areas you will need a license.
Do I need a licence if the skip is going onto my
I am the homeowner/ builder. How do I get the
When you contact the skip company, they will inform the
Council and request a licence for the skip to be placed on the
public highway. You do not need to do anything other than to
arrange for the skip to be delivered.
I am the skip company. How do I
You will need to contact the Council, give your business details
and show proof that you have Public Liability insurance of £10
million. We will also need a copy of your Waste Disposal Agreement
which you will be able to obtain from the Environment
Agency, (see related link on the right of the page).
If you have already done this you need to apply for a licence by
requesting an application form by calling 01992 785564.
Fill out the details and return it to us.
What happens next?
Once we have received the application, an inspector will visit
the site and decide if the skip can be placed in the location
indicated on the application form. The inspector will consider a
number of points including:
- traffic volumes and speed of traffic on the street
- visibility - does the skip cause a danger by reducing
- available width of the highway
- disruption to other road users - the site may affect pedestrian
crossings, cycle lanes or bus lanes
- access to premises
- the effect it will have on parking restrictions, for example
yellow lines and parking meters
- planned or existing road works
- other local and specific issues, for example shopping
- the condition of the road/path/verge before the skip is
delivered so that if the skip causes any subsequent damage charges
for re-instatement can be made
Should the inspector consider the location of
the skip is not appropriate he will speak to you to find ways to
assist you. You may be able to have it on your own land or someone
else’s land, if they give you permission. Please remember that if
the inspector refuses your application having considered the points
above, you are not allowed to place the skip on the
Public Highway without permission. If you do, you may be fined.
Once my skip is in place what else do I have to
If your skip is staying overnight, you must
ensure the skip company has supplied lights for the skip. Part of
the conditions of the licence is to ensure your skip is lit at
night to guard against accidents.
You are not allowed to have
any other building materials such as bricks or sand next to the
skip. These materials must be delivered and placed on your private
land. If the inspector sees this happening you will be asked to
remove the materials.
You must not overfill the skip; as soon as the
skip is full it must be removed within two days and a fresh
skip put in place. Skips with waste overspilling can cause
problems for passing motorists and may cause an accident. You may
also be liable for prosecution if your waste is not contained
Ensure your skip is not filled with waste
which your skip company cannot take away, such as asbestos. If you
have special waste like this, please telephone our Helpline on
01992 785577 for further information about how to remove
If you have any other questions please visit
one of the Council's one stop shops, contact the Council’s Helpline
on 01992 785577 or e-mail us, firstname.lastname@example.org.