Skip licence

Apply for a licence to place skips on the highway.

1 Overview

Before placing skips (or hippo bags) on a highway or private street, it is the skip operator's responsibility to obtain a skip licence at least 5 working days in advance. This does not apply to a private road (usually gated) where the public have no right of access.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances only one skip will be allowed at any one time. The licence is generally valid between 1 and 14 days.

Under no circumstances will WSCC allow skips to be placed on the footway or grass verges.

2 Apply for licence

When you book a skip through a local provider (we cannot recommend providers) they will apply for a licence by returning the following application form. They will also provide a copy of their public liability insurance to the value of £10 million.

Skip licence application (Word, 177KB)

Both documents need to be emailed to the address below.

3 What next?

If approved, a licence will be issued to the skip company.

4 Pay the fee

The skip company will be emailed an invoice which they pay online.

The cost of the licence is:

  • 1-14 day period: £63.00
  • Each 14-day extension: £63.00

Note: This is the cost of the licence only.

If a skip goes beyond its end date, then a fine of £92.00 will be charged, this includes the extension fee and a fine.

If a skip is found on a highway illegally, a £103 charge will be incurred for the first 14 days, then the normal extension charge applies.

Last updated:
1 April 2021
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