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The Process Of Obtaining A Permit For Skip Hire On Public Property

13 January 2023
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The Process Of Obtaining A Permit For Skip Hire On Public Property

So, you’re looking to hire a skip? You have a good idea of which skip size you need, and now you’re ready to begin the process of hiring one. However, if you’re a business that requires a skip for a major project or to use on public property such as highways, the process is slightly different than if you were to hire a skip to use on private premises.

At DP Skips, we are experts in all things skips. To avoid any confusion, we have put together this helpful article for you all about the process of hiring a skip on public property.

What Is A Skip Permit?

The purpose of a skip permit is to ensure the skip is placed safely on public property. All permit applications will be either approved or rejected by your local county council. Skips can’t be placed just anywhere on the roadside. You may need to put traffic cones, night safety lights, and reflective markings around the skip. A permit application can be rejected if it doesn’t reach the following criteria:

Skips can’t be placed anywhere that could:

  • Endanger motorists, pedestrians, and other road users.
  • Block access to a property.
  • Block approaching traffic by reducing the width of a highway.
  • Reduce visibility of road users such as at a junction, a roundabout or a crossing point.

Skip permits are also used to control how many skips are on the same roads at the same time. Too many skips on the same highway can cause a dangerous environment.

Do I Need One?

According to Staffordshire County Council, if you’re hiring out a skip to use on public property, then yes, you will need to apply for a skip permit. However, if you’re dropping off bricks or other materials and then moving them off the highway onto private property, you will not need a permit.

When your permit is obtained by the local county council, it will allow you to place large or bulky items on a public highway including:

  • Skips, bulk bags, hippo bags or other bags used for non-hazardous waste.
  • Builder materials, if properly secured in bags or wrapped materials on pallets.
  • Unfixed temporary items specifically agreed by the local council.

How To Apply

According to Staffordshire County Council, a skip permit will cost a fee of £38. Permit capped to 7 calendar days maximum on a classified (A, B, C) road and capped to 14 calendar days maximum elsewhere. A renewal or extension of a permit will cost £37. However, the specific criteria of approval and cost can vary, depending on where you want to place the skip.

In most cases, the skip hire company is responsible for applying for the skip permit. That’s why we recommend speaking to us here at DP Skip Hire to discuss your needs in more detail. We are the best value skip company in Stoke-On-Trent. We offer a wide range of skips from builder’s bulk bags and 2 yard mini skips, all the way to 40 yard RORO skips. Please get in touch with us today.

Have you forgotten something? Skip hire is available to book securely on our website or by calling 01782 551222. During the booking process, you can select your date for skip drop off and collection. Thank you for visiting the D P Skip website.