Skip Hire Information for Members of the Public |
Skips should normally be placed within the property being served and not on the highway. In this situation, no licence is required and you may approach any skip company of your choice.
If the skip needs to be placed on any part of the highway (which includes carriageway and footway), you will need to use a skip company currently registered with the location to which you may be based, who will obtain the licence from us.
To place skips on the road you will need to have a valid skip licence first. It is an offence to place anything on the highway without the permission of the local Highway Authority (Highways Act 1980, section 169) apart from Red Routes; which are the responsibility of Transport for London, and a few privately managed roads. Before you consider hiring a skip please be advised of the following: The skip must be licensed by us before it is placed on the highway We only issue skip licences to private skip hire companies - not to residents or builders/contractors The skip must be clearly marked with the skip company name and telephone number The skip must be lit overnight (to the standard the council requires) The skip must be in a safe and suitable condition, fit for use on the public highway The skip hire company must be a licensed waste carrier, registered with the Environment Agency Other licence conditions must also be met (variable upon each situation and established after site inspection) If a skip is on the road without a licence, the skip hire company is liable to be prosecuted. If you encourage a skip hire company to deliver a skip before the licence is approved you may also be committing an offence.
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