Do I need a skip permit and how to get one?

Whether you’re preparing for that big Christmas clear-out, or looking to gut the spare room ready for relatives arriving, if you’re considering hiring a skip then there are a few things you need to be aware of before getting started.

What is a skip permit?

Even the smallest sized skips take up space, so if you require a hired skip that will be placed off your premises (i.e. in front of your home on a public pathway or the road) a skip permit will be required. Skip permits are necessary to control the number of skips on the roads at any one time, to ensure roads do not become blocked.

Who needs a skip permit?

If you have a driveway or other private land, then you won’t require a permit to hire a skip. Skip permits are solely for those who have to keep their hired skip on public premises, whether that be pavement or road.




How do you get a skip permit?

So, you need a skip permit, what now? In most instances, the skip company you’re looking to hire from will organise a skip permit for you, which they will obtain from your local council. However, if you do need to sort your own, you can find out all you need to know from your local council.

How long does a skip permit last?

If you’re looking for your standard run of the mill skip permit, then you’re likely looking at anywhere between one and two weeks before it is expected to run out. However, if you’re anticipating a big job that may require longer with your skip, you can usually request an extension from your local council, although this will likely incur additional charges.

How much does a skip permit cost?

Skip permit prices can start as low as £10, however the price may differ depending on whereabouts in the UK you live. Liverpool skip hire for example typically charges £10 for a permit, whereas Bristol skip permits come in at a much heftier £64.

GSH are a Liverpool skip hire company who specialise in a range of skip sizes, ideal for almost every job. So, if you’re based in Liverpool and are looking for an affordable skip and permit hire, it is worth checking out GSH’s website.

How long does it take to get a skip permit?

If you know you require a skip permit, it’s important to request this in advance of when you require your skip as it can take a few days, or up to one week to arrive. It is worth noting however, that different councils will have different waiting times on skip permits, so it’s a good idea to contact your local council first to avoid disappointment.