Skip permits

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

Applying for a skip or building materials on the highway permit 


Eligibility criteria

Please be aware Skip Companies need to have:

  • waste carriers licence
  • public liability insurance

Regulations for a skip permit

Permission may be given subject to the following:

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

Licence period

Licences are valid for one skip only for a period of up to 14 days and the fee is not refundable if the application has been processed.

A new application must be made for each additional 14 day period. It is essential to apply for the new application before the expiry of the previous one.

Application evaluation process

Applications must be received at least two working days prior to the licence start date.

Permission is granted with the issuing of a permit which will be returned to you by post, email or can be obtained by telephone, the permit number will be required by the skip company.

Suspension of parking bays

If the skip is to be placed in a resident/metered or pay and display parking bay arrangements must be made to suspend the bay once the skip permit has been issued.

Contact Parking Services by writing to:

PO Box 376
Telephone 020 3045 3000

Charges are £30 per day or £80 per week (seven days) payable upon application payable to Parking Services. You will require the permit number.

Skips on the footway or verge

A deposit is required in advance if a skip is to be placed on the footway, vehicle crossover or grass verge.

Requests for refunds must be made by the applicant and the site will be inspected to ensure no damage has occurred.

Application fee

Skip and building licence fee per application is £55.00

Guarding of skips on the highway


Guarding of skips on the highway - specification and design
  1. the width of each half of the marking shall not be less than 140 millimetres nor more than 280 millimetres
  2. the length of each half of the marking shall be not less than 350 millimetres nor more than 700 millimetres
  3. the angle of each stripe shall be not less than 40 degrees to the vertical nor more than 50 degrees to the vertical
  4. each half of the marking shall have a minimum area of 980 square centimetres
  5. the breadth of each stripe shall be not less than 133 millimetres nor more than 147 millimetres

Arrangements of cones and lamps

Arrangement of cones and lamps (above view)
Arrangement of cones and lamps (side view)