Hiring a Skip & the Law: What You Need to Know

When carrying out home renovations, many people now choose to hire their own skip to use, instead of making constant trips to the tip.

However, are you aware of the legal restriction in place when hiring a skip? If your skip is on your own driveway or land, then you’re ok.

However as many of us don’t exactly have room on the drive for a skip, they are usually placed on the road or pavement, which requires a skip permit.

Hiring a Skip & the Law

How do I get a permit?

The good news is that the company that you’re hiring the skip from will probably sort out the skip permit for you.

However, there are certain councils that will require you to apply for one yourself. Get in touch with either your skip hire company or your local council to find out what the situation is in your area and how to apply.

You can usually apply for a permit online, at Directgov.

How long does a permit last?

A skip permit will usually be valid for anywhere between one day to four weeks, although they can be renewed if yours isn’t going to last as long as you’d like.

The permit has to be issued before you place the skip.

What if I don’t have a permit?

The skip could well be taken and impounded, and this could be done without any prior warning, which could really set your project back some time.

Approved waste carriers

While it is the responsibility of your skip hire company to safely dispose of your waste once you’re finished, they have to be an ‘approved waste carrier’.

Skip hire companies are required by law to have a waste carriers license, so make sure that you check this before your skip is delivered.

Placing your skip

It’s important that unless your permit says otherwise, you place your skip on the road, and not the placement.

You must also be considerate to drivers and pedestrians and place the skip somewhere where it’s not going to cause an obstruction.

You must also be careful not to cover any manholes or grates that may be on the road/pavement.

Other safety tips:

It can be wise to attach flashing lights or reflective markers on the skip so that they can easily be seen by drivers at night, especially in foggy conditions.

Make sure that you don’t overload your skip or have items hanging out of the side of it as this can be dangerous for pedestrians.

It’s often the case that people get a skip that’s too small, and have no choice but to overfill it, we recommend always going one size bigger than you think you might need, or check out the skip sizing guide from Reds Skip Hire.

One way to avoid this is by hiring an enclosed skip, which is lockable and will not only keep everything contained in the skip but will stop dust flying up when items are put into the skip.

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