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Can I Put a Skip on the Road?

When hiring a skip you need to consider where the skip will be placed during the period of hire. In many cases the skip will be located on a road or highway. In such cases there are four legal conditions that must be met both for your protection in the event of third party accidents. Ignoring these legal requirements can result in the local council charging a fine or removing the skip.

The four legal conditions that must be met are:


By law a skip placed on a road or highway needs a permit from the local council. The cost of a permit can vary depending on the fees set out by your local council. Able Skips currently charge £31 if a permit is required.


By law any skip located on a road or highway must have lights positioned at each end of the skip to ensure safety at night or in low lighting conditions.


Also a skip located on a road or highway needs at least 2 cones situated on the approach side of the skip.

Skip Requirements

The skip itself needs to meet certain criteria such as being painted yellow on each side, having the skip owners name and telephone number clearly marked on it, having red and yellow fluorescent reflective markings which comply with BS AU152:1970 and must be collected within two working days following being filled. All of our skips comply to these guidelines.

On placing your skip hire order you will need to state where the skip will be located during the hire period. Able Skips can help and advise on any questions you may have and provide all relevant permits.

For more information please contact Able Skips on 08000 377057.

Book Your Skip Hire Online or Call 01772 622342

Delivering Skips throughout Lancashire

We are now able to offer a larger coverage area for Our services as we have established links with partner companies within the County who share Our ethos of Reliable Service, Affordability and a pro-active approach to Recycling. Please visit the Delivery Areas section of the site and use the Map to see if we can service your Location and obtain a quotation.

We deliver to:

Adlington, Blackburn, Chorley, Leyland, South Ribble, Preston, Bolton, Lostock, Wigan, Fylde