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Domestic Skip Hire 101: Your Brief Guide to Skip Permits

Whether you’re renovating your home, landscaping your garden or arranging a house clearout, it’s fair to say that you would benefit from skip hire to hold any waste that you’ll inevitably produce. This cost-effective, convenient and efficient solution is easily accessible and saves you from making multiple trips to your local waste centre, but will you need a permit for it?

We’ll be looking at just that in this brief guide, discussing when a permit is necessary, the limitations it emposes and how to go about obtaining one.

When is a Skip Permit Necessary?

Whether or not you require a permit for your skip is dependent on where the skip will be placed. If the skip is placed on your private property, including on your driveway, then a permit is not necessary. However, if it will be placed on the road or public land outside of your home, then a permit is required.

If you place a skip in a public area without a permit, then it may be removed with no notice and you could find yourself facing a fine of up to £1,000. As such, it’s important to determine the size of skip that you require prior to hire, then determine whether or not this will fit on your private property or if you will need to keep it on public land. This will allow you to obtain a permit with plenty of notice.

Rules of a Skip Permit

If you do require a skip permit, then there are certain requirements that you must meet throughout the duration you’re hiring the skip for.

The first is placement limitations. When placed on public land, your skip cannot be positioned in a way that may pose a hazard to pedestrians or obstruct the flow of traffic. For example, you cannot place a skip on the pavement, as this would require pedestrians to walk on the road to get past - putting them in danger. Similarly, you may not block access to another property, or position a skip in a way that reduces visibility at a junction.

Next is duration. Typically, a skip permit is granted for 28 days, however most councils are willing to extend a permit for longer if required (for an additional fee). If you do suspect that you’ll need to extend your permit, it’s best to do this in advance, as you may otherwise face a fine if keeping your skip longer than originally agreed.

There are also rules on safety, with skips that have been placed on the road needing to be clearly marked with reflective strips, lights or cones.

How to Obtain a Permit for Your Skip

If you do require a skip to be placed on a public road, then you will need to obtain one through your local council. However, the skip hire company will usually apply for this on your behalf, unless otherwise required by your council. The cost of the permit will then be included in your hire price.

Get in Touch

Now that you know how to determine whether or not you’ll require a skip permit, you can go ahead and arrange your skip hire. If you require skip hire in Stoke-on-Trent, then look no further than us here at Cherry Hill Waste.

Not only do we offer a range of skip sizes, but we can help arrange your permit. Get in touch with us today.

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