Before placing skips on the highway, the owner or supplier must first be granted a skip operator's licence under the Highways Act (it is not the responsibility of the builder or householder to obtain this licence). See regulations relating to skip licences for more information.
When your company has registered as a skip operator, you will then receive a skip permit application form with terms and conditions.
How to apply
You must apply at least five working days before your start date.
You can apply online using Business Link:
If permission has been granted, the conditions attached to the licence must be carefully read and kept to. It is the owner or supplier's responsibility to ensure that the skip does not cause obstruction to other road users, and that it complies with government regulations.
You can fax or email a completed application form to our Licensing and Streetworks Administration Team.
There is a £150 fine plus £50 per hour enforcement rate for a retrospective licence if your skip is found on the public highway without the licence having been applied for.
- £65 for a new skip permit – valid for one calendar month
- £65 to extend a skip permit - valid for one calendar month
- £70 for a late renewal (five working days’ notice not given) - in addition to the application fee.
Payment can be made electronically by any debit or credit card issued by a bank in the EEA.
You can expect your licence to be processed within five working days.
Does tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.
Who to contact
Licences will be issued by our Licensing and Streetworks Administration Team, and any questions regarding procedures or licences should be directed to them.
For operational advice (such as siting or feasibility), please contact the Highway Enquiries Team.
Complaints about a person or trader licensed by us
In the first instance contact our Licensing and Streetworks Administration Team and then contact the trader, preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of posting/delivery). If that fails and you are located in the UK, contact Consumer Direct for advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.