Everything you need to know about skip hire permits

skip hire permits

By this point, you’ve probably decided that skip hire in Bolton is the next best move to help you get rid of your unwanted materials.

You know the benefits, which size you’ll need and probably have a good idea of where you’ll leave it, but there’s one last thing. 

Skip hire permits.

If it’s your first time hiring a skip, you likely haven’t thought about them, and you might not even know what they are – let alone why they’re so important.

Here’s everything you need to know. 

What are skip hire permits, and why are they so important?

Before you place a skip on any public road or pavement (aka, public highways) you’ll need to obtain a skip hire permit from your local council.

These permits exist to control how many skips are on the roads at once because they take up space, which, in turn, has a massive impact on traffic flow, parking and pedestrian safety.

If you’re planning on keeping your skip on private property, like in your garden or driveway, there’s no need for you to obtain a permit. 

However, if you’re found without a permit when you need one, you could face hefty fines and have your container removed.

Will I need a skip hire permit?

Once you have a good idea of where you want to leave your skip, you should ask yourself if a permit is necessary.

As previously stated, you won’t need a permit to leave your container in your garden or your driveway.

Not everyone has the luxury of large yards or driveways, though, and you might have no other choice but to leave your skip on the road or pavement outside your property.

As you don’t own this land, you need to ensure that the people who do, i.e., your local council, will allow you to leave your container there.

After all, it could interfere with road users and pedestrians and potentially become a safety concern. 

How do I get one?

Getting a permit is much easier than you might think.

You can apply for a skip hire permit through your local council’s website, but any good skip hire company should be able to arrange it on your behalf.

How much do permits cost, and how long do they last?

Typically, skip hire permits last for up to two weeks, depending on the council. 

Most councils also allow this initial period to be extended for an additional fee, so if you think you’ll need more time, be sure to contact them well in advance. If you keep a skip longer than the timeframe allowed by your permit, you will face a fine.

The cost of skip licences also varies, depending on whereabouts in the UK you’re based. 

In Bolton, you can expect to pay roughly £15 for 7 days, or up to £45 for 28 days.

If the permit is organised by your skip hire company, they may charge a small admin fee and add the cost to your overall skip hire charges.

Ready to hire a skip?

Now that you know everything about skip hire permits, what are you waiting for? 

Get in touch with a skip hire company you know you can trust, like Bolton Skip Hire, to make a start of getting rid of your rubbish. 

Still not sure if skip hire is right for you, or have further questions about skip hire permits in Bolton?

Contact the team today!

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