Placement of a Skip on the Public Highway Permit

Licence summary

To place an item (including skips) on the highway without receiving prior approval is an offence under the Highways Act 1980 and may result in prosecution. Applications must be made within the necessary timescales and are chargeable.

Wherever possible, a skip or item must be placed on private property but it is accepted that at times this is not possible. However, where applications are received without a just cause to place the item on the highway and it is clear that sufficient room is available on private land, the application will be refused but is still chargeable. Sufficient room on private land is determined by the Highway Authority and is not negotiable.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications must be made by the owner of the item and not the customer requesting the item. If approved, the item owner carries all of the responsibilities in adhering with regulations, standard conditions and any special conditions that may be applied to the permission.

Types of items that may be approved:

  • Skips used for the collection of non-hazardous waste

  • 'Hippo' bags or other bags used for the collection of non-hazardous waste

  • Builders materials where appropriately secured in bags or wrapped materials on pallets

  • Unfixed temporary items specifically agreed by the Highway Authority

Application Process

All types of items are applied for using the standard form but the item description must be detailed. Where approved, the permit holder in every case agrees to comply with the following standard conditions (and then any further specific conditions relating to the item). Full terms and conditions are in the Skips and Items Application conditions policy document below.

Pdf.  Skips and Items Application Conditions (84 KB)

word doc  Application to Place an Item on the Highway (1.17 MB)

Pdf.  Schedule of Network Management Charges 2017/18 (53 KB)

Further Information

If you require further information please contact us on: 0300 111 8000

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