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.

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.

Apply for a skip licence

You can apply for a skip licence if you are a contractor. You must apply at least 2 weeks before you need the skip on site.


It costs £84 for a new licence which is valid for 28 days.

It costs £42 to renew an existing licence which is valid for 14 days.

If you do not remove the skip before the licence expires, we will charge you £84.

Terms and conditions

The skip company must agree to our terms and conditions when they apply for a licence.