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5 Things You Need to Know About Skip Licence Permits

A lot of people get confused when it comes to the topic of skip licences, what are they and whether you need one. Here are 5 commonly asked questions about skip licences.

What are skip licences, and do you need one?

Whatever the exact purpose for which you may request the use of a skip from a skip hire company like our own here at Able Skip Hire, you will need to consider whether a skip licence – also known as a skip permit or highway permit – will be required. This will depend on your property as well as where you intend to keep the skip.

In what circumstances do I need a skip licence?

You will definitely need a skip licence if the skip is to be kept on a public highway, such as a road or pavement. If your skip is left in such a location and you do not have the required hire permit, your skip may be removed without notice and a fine imposed. However, a permit is not required if you place the skip entirely on your own private property, such as a driveway or yard.

How can I obtain a skip hire permit?

A skip licence can be obtained from your local district council. If you do require a permit, here at Able Skips, we will apply for it on your behalf and add the council fee to the cost of the skip. In most cases, councils are happy for skip hire companies to apply for the permit on the skip user’s behalf, although a few councils expect the skip hirer to request the licence directly.

You should therefore always clarify what the skip permit process is at your own council, allowing for the at least four days from application that it often takes to secure a licence.

What is the cost of a highway permit?

Skip licences are priced differently in different areas of the country, as well as in accordance with the period of time for which the hirer intends to keep the skip on a public highway. Skip licences usually last for one, two or four weeks and are renewable for an additional fee.

You should expect to pay about £30 for a skip licence, while also factoring in the small markup that your chosen skip hire company is likely to add to cover their administration costs.

Should else should I be aware of when ordering a skip licence?

The granting of a skip licence is not automatic on application, and the council will expect such factors as the skip’s dimensions, how the contents will be cared for and disposed of, the siting of the skip and its removal at the end of the hire period to be considered.

Visibility is another key factor – safety lights and markings may need to be used on or around the skip, including the likes of reflective markings, night-time safety lights and traffic cones. Nor should skips on highways ever contain explosives or flammable materials.

With a fine of up to £1,000 able to be imposed if you fail to implement the required safety measures, it really is crucial to ensure that you are well-prepared when you next look to hire a skip. Talk to Able Skip Hire today about your full range of skip hire requirements.

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