7th Jul, 2017
Depending on your situation, when hiring a skip it’s possible that you’ll need a skip hire permit from your local council. Now, sometimes there’s a bit of confusion surrounding this topic – not helped by the fact that various councils have different ways of doing things when it comes to dispensing them. Don’t worry though – at Skip Hire Network, we’ve put together a quick FAQ to explain skip permits as fully as we can.
The most frequently asked questions regarding skip permits include:
If you’re wondering the answers to any of these, then read on!
Essentially, if you don’t have available private land on which to put your skip – for example a front garden or a driveway – obviously the only alternative is to use public land. The polite (and legally required) action in that case is to let the council know. A skip permit is basically proof that you’ve cleared everything with the relevant authorities, giving you free reign to leave your skip there for as long as the permit allows.
By the strictest definition, you’ll need a skip hire permit from your local council if you intend to put your skip on a public highway – that is, a public road.
Short answer: nope. It has to be either private land or a public road. We’ve got more information further below on the regulations governing how you can actually position your skip.
Good news on that score – we’ll usually be able to sort that bit out for you. Most local councils will only deal with skip hire companies when it comes to applying for permits, so let us know if you’ve not sufficient space in your driveway and we’ll leap into action getting a permit sorted.
Some local councils will require you to apply directly for a permit, but these are few and far between nowadays. There’s no standardised system, but in most cases it’s just a question of filling out a form on their website.
Often it takes at least three or four days for you to receive your skip permit, so remember to account for this. Like many things to do with permits, the exact timeframe varies depending on your specific local council, so it’s best to double-check during the application process.
Costs vary depending on your local council. The average cost is between £20 and £30 (though the skip hire company you’ve chosen to deliver the skip might mark that up a bit).
Most council skip permits are valid from anywhere between one week to a full month. You can renew them if you need a bit longer, but be aware that you’ll be subject to additional fees, which could potentially end up making things expensive. If possible, it’s always best to stick to the originally agreed period as best you can.
We’ll provide your skip for two weeks, and can deliver it quite promptly after the booking has been made. Therefore it’s best to have the permit sorted well in advance, just so that you’re not scrambling around at the last moment. Remember to make sure that the space for your skip is actually clear for when the lorry gets there!
There are indeed! Although you probably guessed that. We’ll sum them up:
Once again, at Skip Hire Network we’ll take care of this stuff for you, but if you’re dealing with a different skip hire company, here’s what you should look out for.
When it comes right down to it, it’s all quite simple stuff really – especially as we do most of the heavy lifting for you here at Skip Hire Network. You can find out more here about how our process works – or, if you’re all set to go, you can get straight to hiring a skip immediately by entering your postcode and phone number on our homepage.
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