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How to Comply with Skip Permit Legislation

Skip permits are distributed and controlled by the Highway Authority in accordance with The Highways Act 1980.

Removing waste can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’re not prepared for the task ahead. One key element of many skip hire processes is ensuring you’re allowed to place the skip where you intend to put it, whilst the waste removal process is underway.

To ensure you don’t end up facing any disruption or a costly fine, you should always check if you require a skip permit.

What are the Rules on Skip Permits?

Public highways across England are maintained by the Highway Authority who work in conjunction with local councils to permit various activities and work on the roads.

As such, when it comes to applying for your skip permit, there are various core conditions the Highway Authority will look out for when considering your application:

  • The width of the road and how safe the placing of the skip on the proposed road would be.
  • Whether the skip will cause significant obstruction on the road, resulting in increased traffic and overall how busy said road is.
  • Ensure that no roadworks scheduled in for road maintenance will be happening during the time the skip will be on the road.
  • Assess if the skip poses any dangers to the wider public.

If your skip permit application is successful, it is possible that this may be on a conditional basis.

Conditions that can be outlined are as follows: 

  • Skip size limit
  • Skip visibility to be implemented (i.e ensure drivers, pedestrians etc. are able to clearly see the skip on the road)
  • Specific time frame in which the skip is permitted to be at this location

Further to this, here are some tips to improve your chances of a successful skip permit application: 

  • Ensure your hired skip won’t be placed on double yellow lines
  • The skip will not block any utility access points
  • Written permission from the property owners who may have their driveway blocked by the skip
  • Outline if the skip will meet legislative requirements to be left unattended over night

What is a Skip Permit?

A skip permit is required in order for any skip of any size to be placed on a public highway if it may cause an obstruction to traffic  or danger to the public. Highway Network Management work in conjunction with councils up and down the country and will permit a skip licence where they see fit.

Why Do I Need a Skip Permit?

If you are hiring a skip and you are unable to place it on private property, resulting in the need for it to be on a public road, you must obtain a skip permit. You can do this by contacting your local council who will determine whether or not this will be permitted.

It’s important to note that whilst unadopted roads aren’t maintained by the Highway Authority, it is still worth while checking with your local council to see if you require a skip permit in this instance.

Lancashire Skip Hire Permits

If you’re hiring a skip in the county of Lancashire, you must get in contact with Lancashire County Council to apply for your skip permit, visit their website for more information on how to do this. When it comes to skip permit costs in the area, you will be charged a fee of £33 for every 28 days.

The knowledgeable and friendly Sheridan Skips team has supported many of our customers with skip permit applications and can assist you with this process if required. To find out more, get in touch with our team online or call our team on <span class=”mediahawkNumber6211 mhMobile”>01282 932471</span>.

How to Comply with Skip Permit Legislation