We get a lot of questions about skip permits from our customers, so we thought we’d write a basic guide for you if you are looking to hire a skip in Edinburgh, detailing when you will need a permit and how to go about obtaining one.
What are Skip Permits?
Also known as skip licences or highway permits, you may need to obtain a permit to keep a skip in certain areas, whether it is for personal or business purposes.
Do I Need a Skip Permit?
If the skip is being kept on your own personal land, such as your driveway or garden, you won’t need a permit. However, if the skip is to be kept on public land, such as the pavement or road, you will need one. Without a permit, your local council may remove the skip and charge you a hefty fine of up to £1,000.
How Much Does a Skip Permit Cost?
A skip licence, or highway licence, will differ in cost depending on the local council’s policies. But on average, they cost £30 a week. Most are charged per week, for either one, two or four weeks, and renewed at additional cost.
How do I Get a Skip Permit?
A licence must be applied for at your local district council. Many councils allow the skip hire company to obtain the permit for the customer and here at Edinburgh Skip Hire we are able to apply for you, dealing with the paperwork and details and adding the fee on to your costs at the end. A permit can take a few days to be processed and some councils do not allow skip hire intervention, so it is always best to allow plenty of time and check the details before the skips arrival.
It is important to note that permits are not automatically approved. The council will take the skip’s size, contents and location into account, as well as the amount of time it will be in place for. There are also regulations that must be met regarding the skip itself, such as its visibility with safety lights and reflective markings.
If you are looking to hire a skip, or want advice on waste disposal and recycling, please contact us today and we can discuss your requirements.