To put a builder's skip on a public road, you need a permit from the council.

Who can apply

Only a skip owner or supplier (builders, householders, etc.) can register to be able to put a skip on roads. Normally if you hire a skip from a company, they will already have a licence.

Fees and charges

The cost of a skip permit is £25.

Apply for a permit

If you're a skip owner or supplier contact us to apply for a permit by emailing

After we receive your application

There may be conditions attached to the permit regarding:

  • siting the skip
  • skip dimensions
  • making skips visible to traffic
  • care and disposal of skip contents
  • lighting and guarding of skips
  • skip removal

We will process your application as soon as possible, if you have not heard from us within 28 days of submitting your application you can assume that it has been granted.


Licence, delivery or placement

If you have a complaint about your licence, delivery or placement of the skip, please contact us first by emailing with the details of your licence and proof of delivery.

Delivery not resolved

If your skip has not been delivered and your complaint has not been resolved you can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service, or the UK European Consumer Centre if they’re outside the UK.

Anyone can object to an application for the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence. You need to do this in writing and tell us the reasons why you object. This must be done within 28 days of the date of the application.

Please email