If you are placing a skip on the highway, you must hire one from a skip company. The skip company must apply for a licence.

The skip company is required to meet the terms and conditions set down in the licence. It's your responsibility to check they have the licence and that it doesn't run out before the building work is finished.

A licence is valid for 14 days.


  • a new licence costs £72.50
  • a licence renewal costs £36.20 for 50% of the original licence period
  • the contractor will be charged £72.50 if the equipment is not removed before the licence expires

Apply for a skip licence

You must apply at least 2 weeks before the skip is required on site.

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