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Skip Permits For Beginners

Local skip hire is a great way to easily dispose of your waste, but you might be put off by the idea of permits. Understandably, you want to avoid as much admin work and red tape as possible, but a skip permit – or skip licence as it’s sometimes known – shouldn’t be a reason to put things off.

To help you understand more about skip permits and how we make them simple, this month at SCS Waste, we’re providing a ‘skip permits for beginners’ guide. 

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What is a skip permit?

Skip permits are essentially permission to place a skip on a public highway or road. It means that your local council – which is in charge of dispensing skip permits – can keep an eye on how many skips are on which roads. This allows them to maintain control over parking availability and the flow of traffic in the area. 

Imagine if everyone on your street had a skip placed outside their home in the road at the same time – there would be chaos! That’s why skip permits were implemented.

Do I need a skip permit?

As mentioned in the previous section, you’ll need a skip permit if you are having your skip placed in the road or on the pavement. 

If you want to avoid the need for a permit, you can have the skip placed on your driveway or garden (seek the permission of your landlord first if you are in rented property). This way you’re not required to have a permit and can simply get on with disposing of your waste. If you don’t have a driveway or garden to place a skip in, you may not have any other option unless you opt for a wait and load skip service.

How much does a skip permit cost?

Skip hire permit prices vary up and down the country, since the rates are often set by each local council. For this reason, the best thing to do is contact your local skip hire company to get the correct price for a skip permit.

If you’re concerned about the price of skip hire because of the permit, fear not, as we produced a guide to skip prices – as well as seven handy tips on how to keep the cost down – in our previous guide covering the topic.

Can SCS Waste help with permits?

Yes! We absolutely can help you. We know that some people won’t know what’s required or whether they need one for their specific circumstances, and that’s why our specialist team is always on hand to take care of the skip permit process. 

Plus, should you need an extension after the initial 14 days of the permit, we can arrange this if given three days’ notice before the end of the original permit.

We’ll ask for permit payments to be paid in advance, and it may take up to five working days for Highways England to approve the application for a permit – so please bear these factors in mind when looking to book a skip to be placed in the road or on the pavement.


Now that you’ve got the basics of skip permits, you can go ahead and book skip hire with confidence. Wherever you are in Arundel, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and the surrounding areas, at SCS Waste we’re here to help.

Call our team today for more assistance with skip hire booking and permits, or book your skip online right now if you know exactly what you need.