Hiring a skip? Here’s everything you need to know about hire permits.
By this point, you’ve probably already decided that you want to hire a skip to help you get rid of your unwanted household waste.
You’ll have a good idea of what size skip you need and how long you need it for, but now comes the time to decide where your container will go.
Usually, there’s really only two options – on your driveway or the road outside your property, and where you choose to put it will determine whether or not you need a skip hire permit.
Here, Grundy’s Skip Hire explore everything you need to know about skip hire permits this spring.
When will I need a skip hire permit?
If you’re putting your skip on private land (i.e., your driveway or garden), a skip hire permit from your local council won’t be necessary.
However, if you don’t have the room to leave your skip in either of these places, your only other option would be to leave it on the public pavement or road – meaning you’ll need to obtain a permit from your local council.
Why do I need a permit to leave my skip on a public road?
All licences are granted by local authorities, the point of them being to ensure that containers are placed safely and that they won’t cause disruption.
A permit application will be rejected if it doesn’t meet specific criteria – for instance, they can’t go where it would endanger road users, block access to other properties or reduce visibility at pedestrian crossings or junctions.
Permits are also used to control the number of skips on public roads at a time – too many at the same time are certain to cause issues.
How do I apply for a skip hire permit?
Skip hire permits are available from your local council, and lots of authorities allow skip hire companies like us to arrange the permits themselves.
All you have to do is let us know where you want to leave you container, this way we’ll know whether or not we need to arrange a permit ahead of your booking.
Arranging a permit will come at an extra cost, though, and prices vary from council to council.
A full list of permit prices can be found here.
How long will my skip hire permit last?
Typically, skip hire permits last for up to 14 days, but this can depend (again) on your local council and their policies.
If your project runs longer than expected, some councils will allow the initial period to be extended, but this will cost you extra – so it’s crucial you plan your schedule well in advance to avoid spending more than you really need on a skip hire permit.
It’s also important to note that if you keep your skip for longer than the agreed permit duration, you may end up facing penalty fines.
Ready to book your skip?
Whether it’s time for your annual spring clear out to prepare your home for summer, or you’re finally getting round to the bathroom or kitchen re-fit you’ve been talking about, why not get in touch with us here at GSH?
We’re one of the most reliable waste disposal companies in the North West and offer competitive prices all year round.