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Licence for skips
Skip licences are usually obtained by the company supplying the
skip, so customers do not need to contact us directly. The licence
ensures that skips are placed on the public highway safely and
We do not recommend companies, so if you wish to hire a skip try
a business directory such as Yell.com or
skipandbin.com. Skip company
charges may vary.
If you are a customer of a skip hire operator and have a
complaint, first contact the operator preferably in writing,
with proof of your complaint. If that does not work and if you are
located in the UK, CAB
Adviceguide can give you advice. From outside the UK, contact the
UK European Consumer Centre.
Report a problem with a skip that has not been emptied and could
pose a danger
If you operate a skip hire business or own skips you need a skip
operator licence. You'll need your Public Liability Insurance and
Waste Carriers Licence. Apply to be a skip
We normally requires 3 days' notice to issue a licence.
Licences are normally granted unless the road is narrow, has double
yellow lines or the inspectors know of any reason why a skip should
not be placed there.
The licence is initially granted for 28 days, then you can
apply for it to be renewed.
Permission may be given subject to conditions, which may relate
to the following: siting the skip, skip dimensions, making the skip
visible to traffic, care and disposal of skip contents, lighting
and guarding of the skips, skip removal. The operator will need to
carry adequate public liability insurance in the sum of £5m and be
a registered waste carrier.
Permission will probably not be given for a very large container
(12ft) or 2 skips because they would take up too much room, which
in turn takes parking away from residents.
To place a skip in a high street, you would need to discuss this
with one of the council's inspectors. Skips in high streets have to
be removed each night unless they are lockable and raised on blocks
to prevent pavement damage. In Chatham High Street, skips must be
delivered before 10am and collected after 5pm, as traffic is
prohibited during this time.
The legislation covering skips is in the Highways Act
Will tacit consent apply?
- Placing a skip: Yes. This means that you will be able to act as
though your application is granted if you have not heard from the
council by the end of the five-day target completion period.
- Skip operator: No. It is in the public interest that the
council must process your application before it can be granted. If
you have not heard about your application within a reasonable
period, contact us.