No permit needed

  • cars
  • camper vans
  • mobile homes
  • minibuses
  • double/dual cab pick ups
  • people carriers
  • estate cars
  • trailers up to 1.8m x 1.2m (6ft x 4ft) not towed by a van
  • hire vans (excluding van types listed under 'not allowed on site' below) - max 3 day hire

Permit needed

  • vans up to 3.5t (excluding van types listed under 'not allowed on site' below)
  • single cab pick ups
  • car derived vans

 Not allowed on site

  • vans over 3.5t
  • vans towing trailers
  • single cab pick ups towing trailers
  • any trailer over 1.8m x 1.2m (6ft x 4ft)
  • Luton box vans
  • flatbed vans
  • tipper vans
  • tractors
  • horse boxes
  • agricultural vehicles
  • hire vans - over 3 day hire

You can also download a chart that shows the type of vehicles eligible for a free permit.

Apply for, update or cancel a permit

You can use this form to apply for, update or cancel a recycling centre permit.

Hire vans

You must show site staff a hire agreement of a maximum of 3 days to take a hire van to a recycling centre. Hire vans with a hire agreement of more than 3 days will not be allowed to deposit waste on site.

Permits are not required for, or applicable to, hire vans. Please refer to allowed vehicle types above.


Vehicles that don't require a permit can use a trailer, but the maximum trailer size is 1.2 metres wide and 1.8 metres long (approx. 6ft x 4ft).

Vehicles that require a permit and are towing a trailer are not allowed to access our recycling centres.

Charity vans

If you are a charity wishing to obtain access one of household recycling sites, please email our administration team.

Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Somerley Recycling Centres

Please note that you will not be able to bring vans onto the following sites even if you have a permit to use a van at Dorset Council's recycling centres: -

Terms and conditions

  • recycling centre staff will refuse entry to vans without a valid permit or hire agreement
  • vehicles must be registered to the applicant's home address to be eligible for a sole vehicle permit 
  • there is a one-tonne maximum weight limit on waste taken per visit for all vans and load-carrying vehicles
  • we define a 'van' as a vehicle with a rear load-carrying capacity instead of seats and panels to the rear instead of windows
  • tipper vans, flatbed vehicles, box/luton vans, horseboxes and agricultural vehicles cannot be used on our sites
  • the largest vehicle accepted is a Ford Transit-type van and no vehicle more than 3.5 tonnes gross weight will be allowed onto any site
  • large trailers more than 1.2 metres wide and 1.8 metres long cannot be used to take waste to our recycling centre
  • vans towing trailers cannot be used on our sites
  • permits are issued per household and not on an individual basis
  • permits are not transferable
  • Limited Entry Permits cannot be used on bank holidays or weekends and they do not exclude you from the separate restrictions and charges
  • Limited Entry Permits are automatically renewed annually unless they haven’t been used in the previous 12 month period, after which the holder will need to reapply
  • Sole Vehicle Permits are renewed automatically every two years, unless holder cancels or amends permit
  • checks will be carried out by Dorset Council for all applications received


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