A Skip Permit

What Is A Skip Permit And Do I Need One?

If you’ve decided to arrange skip hire Basildon, you may already have a good idea of where you want to place the skip. The choice is usually between a driveway or garden and a public road. Where the skip will go will determine whether or not you need a permit. 

A skip permit can be obtained from your local council and gives you permission to place the skip on a road for a certain period of time – usually one or two weeks. A skip permit ensures that there aren’t too many skips in one place at a time and helps to prevent issues with access, parking and traffic flow.

Do I Need A Permit For A Skip?

If you’re placing a skip on private land such as your driveway or in your garden, you won’t need a permit. However, if you want to put it on the roadside, you’ll need to obtain a skip from the council. There are exceptions to this, for example, you won’t need a permit for a skip placed on a road if that road is unadopted. Unadopted roads are those that don’t need to be adequately maintained by the highway authority.

Keep in mind that if you do require a permit, you may also need to place safety lights and markings either around or on the skip itself. This could include traffic cones, reflective markings and night-time safety lamps.

How Do I Get A Skip Permit?

Obtaining a skip permit is a relatively straightforward process since most councils will now allow the skip hire company to apply for it on your behalf. The firm will then usually include the cost of the skip licence in the price. This means that normally, you won’t need to do anything at all. If you do apply for a skip permit yourself, make sure you do this as soon as possible. This is because it can sometimes take several days to receive it, which can delay the start of your project. 

What Happens If I Put A Skip On A Public Road Without A Permit?

Don’t risk putting a skip on a public road without a permit. This is illegal and could therefore land you a hefty fine of up £1000. An unlicensed skip can also be removed without notice. When ordering a skip from Reds, we can help you find out if you need a permit and liaise with your local council to obtain one as quickly as possible. 

To arrange skip hire in Basildon, get in touch with our team today. Phone us on 01268 649053, email us at book@redsskiphire.com or message us via our website.

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