If you want to put a skip, skip bag or hippobag on a public road, you will need a licence.

You don’t need a skip licence if you’re putting the skip entirely on private land. Normally you can not put a skip on the pavement or a grass verge - if permission is granted for this then a deposit will be payable to cover any damage that may be caused.

It is the skip owner, not the householder or the contractor, who is responsible for obtaining the licence.

To place a skip on the public highway without first applying for and being granted a licence is an offence under The Highways Act and may result in prosecution.

The skip owner (supplier) has the responsibility to ensure that skips are positioned on the highway in such a way that they do not cause an obstruction to other road users.
Skips MUST have:

  • reflective markings
  • traffic cones
  • night-time safety lamps
  • the name and telephone number of the skip hire company

Skips placed on the highway shall not contain any flammable, explosive or dangerous material. Contents of the skip shall be kept damped-down or covered to prevent dust or spillage. The skip must not be overloaded and must be removed when full.

If you don’t follow the appropriate regulations and put up the required safety lights and markings, you could be fined up to £1,000.

How much will it cost?

Skip Licence Fees (registered users)

Licence Period Initial Licence Fee Licence Renewal Fee
BAND A
Non-traffic
sensitive
roads
0-7 days £9.50 £9.50 / week
(1 week max)
up to 14 days £16.10
up to 28 days £32.30
BAND B
Traffic sensitive
roads
0-7 days £12.50 £12.50 / week
(1 week max)
up to 14 days £21.30
up to 28 days £42.60
BAND C
Town centres
0-7 days £28.30 £28.30 / week
(1 week max)
(not permitted over 28 days)
up to 14 days £48.10
up to 28 days £96.20

Skip Licence Fees (unregistered users)

Licence Period Initial Licence Fee Licence Renewal Fee
BAND A
Non-traffic
sensitive
roads
0-7 days £13.70 £13.70 / week
(1 week max)
up to 14 days £23.40
up to 28 days £46.70
BAND B
Traffic sensitive
roads
0-7 days £16.80 £16.80 / week
(1 week max)
up to 14 days £28.50
up to 28 days £57.00
BAND C
Town centres
0-7 days £32.50 £32.50 / week
(1 week max)
(not permitted over 28 days)
up to 14 days £55.30
up to 28 days £111.00

How do I apply?

Apply to be placed on the skip company register

Companies on the register should then complete this form to apply for skip licences.

Unregistered skip owners (for one-off skip sitings) should use this form to apply for a licence.

You can also download a copy of our guidelines for siting and securing a skip.

A licence can be valid for any period between 1 and 28 days. For longer periods additional applications should be made. Only one skip will be allowed on site at any one time except in exceptional circumstances.
 

Site cabins on the highway

The procedure for site cabins is similar to that of applying for the placement of skips except that site cabins, once approved, can remain in place for a longer duration than 28 days. 
If you wish to place a site cabin on the public highway a licence is required. The application form must be completed and approved before the placement of a cabin.

How much will it cost?

Site Cabin or Storage Container Licence Fees

   Licence Period  Initial Licence Fee  Licence Renewal Fee
BAND A
Non-traffic
sensitive
roads
 0-28 days  £22.00  £16.50 / week
 (1 week max)
 up to 3 months  £66.00
 up to 6 months  £132.00
 up to 9 months  £198.00
 up to 12 months  £264.00
BAND B
Traffic sensitive
roads
 0-28 days  £45.30  £16.50 / week
 (1 week max)
 up to 3 months  £136.00
 up to 6 months  £271.00
 up to 9 months  £407.00
 up to 12 months  £543.00
BAND C
Town centres
 0-28 days  £113.00  £16.50 / week
 (1 week max)
 up to 3 months  £339.00
 up to 6 months  £679.00
 up to 9 months  £1018.00
 up to 12 months  £1357.00

How do I apply?

Download an application form
 

Building materials stored on the highway

If you wish to store building materials on the public highway a licence is required. The application form must be completed and approved before the placement of any materials.

How much will it cost?

 

Building Material Licence Fees

   Licence Period  Initial Licence Fee  Licence Renewal Fee
BAND A
Non-traffic
sensitive roads
 0-7 days  £22.10  £22.10 / week
 (1 week max)
 0-14 days  £39.80
 0-28 days  £79.60
BAND B
Traffic sensitive
roads
 0-7 days  £35.10  £35.10 / week
 (1 week max)
 0-14 days  £55.50
 0-28 days  £126.20
BAND C
Town centres
 0-7 days  £57.70  £57.70 / week
 (1 week max)
 0-14 days  £103.80
 0-28 days  £207.60

How do I apply?

Download an application form

If you need any more information or advice about highway licences, or help in completing your application please contact us.

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