skip licence permits

When hearing about skip licence permits, a lot of people get confused about what they are and whether they need one. Because of this, we have put together a list of the 5 most important things you should know about skip licence permits when using skip hire in north wales.


  1. What exactly are skip licences?

Skip licence permits give permission for skips to be placed on the public highway. If you are intending to use a skip then you will need to consider where the skip is going to be placed and whether or not you will need to get a skip licence permit.


  1. Do I need to get a skip licence?

If you are keeping the skip on your own private land then you do not need to worry about skip license permits.

If you are intending to keep your skip on private land which is not your own then you will need to make sure you have permission from the relevant person or authority before your skip is delivered there.

However, if you are planning on keeping the skip on a pavement or public highway then it is the law for any skip to have a license to be there.


  1. What is the cost of a highway permit and how long do they last?

The cost of skip licence permits vary from council to council. The cost also depends on the time of year that the hirer intends to keep the skip on the public highway. On average, you can expect to pay around £30 for a skip license. If your skip hire company is applying for you then you may expect to pay slightly more, allowing the company to cover their admin costs.

The licenses generally last one, two or four weeks. It is possible to renew a licence for an additional fee.


  1. What else is there to be aware of when getting skip licence permits?

You should be aware that the granting of skip licence permits for skip hire north wales is not automatic and there will be a time period between applying for and getting the licence so you need to take this into account. The council are also likely to want to know the skips dimensions and how the contents are likely to be disposed.

It is also important to take the visibility of the skip into account once you have it placed on a public highway or pavement and safety lights and markings may need to be used on or around the skip. Failure to implement the required safety measures could see you with a fine of up to £1000.


  1. What happens if I need a permit but don’t get one?

If you decide to put a skip on a public highway or pavement without getting a licence from your local council then you are committing an offence and could be faced with a fine of £200. In more serious cases there is a possibility that you can be taken to court and you may end up with a fine of up to £1000.


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