A guide to skip hire rules and regulations

15th June 2021

A white skip filled with red bricks and rubble in a residential area

Skip hire is an effective way to deal with waste, whether you’re a domestic customer planning some DIY, moving offices, or planning a large construction project. Skip hire is easy and convenient but there are some rules and regulations that you need to be aware of.

Failure to follow these rules can result in additional charges or fines, so it’s important to know about these regulations before hiring your skip. If you’re hiring a skip for the first time or you’re planning a project that’s larger than usual, see below for a brief guide to skip hire rules and regulations.

Where can I place my skip?

If you’re a domestic customer, you may be able to place your skip on your driveway or a private path, if it’s small enough. You cannot place a skip on a public pavement but you can place larger skips on a public road (you’ll need a licence, more on this later).

If the skip is placed in a public area, you’ll need to make sure it isn’t causing an obstruction or blocking access. You’ll also need to make sure that there’s enough room for the skip to be dropped off and collected.

Do I need a skip hire permit?

If you’re placing a skip on a public road, you’ll need to obtain a skip hire permit (also called a licence) first. You can apply for a skip hire permit via your local council but many skip hire companies can do this on your behalf. You can be fined up to £1000 for placing a skip on the road without a permit, so make sure you obtain one in advance!

What type of waste can I put in my skip?

Skips are suitable for a wide variety of types of waste, including construction waste, metal, glass, furniture, garden waste and plastic. However, there are certain items and types of waste which cannot be placed in a skip.

You can be fined for placing restricted items in your skip or the company may charge an additional fee to dispose of the waste properly. Common restricted items include asbestos, fridges, tyres, oils, medical waste, paint and pesticides.

If you’re looking for reliable skip hire in Oxford or Reading, get in touch with the team at Hazell & Jefferies Ltd. We offer skip hire for both domestic and commercial customers and our skips are available in a variety of sizes. Whether you need a small four yard skip for your next DIY project, or a large roll-on roll-off skip for construction or building work, we can help. For more information or to arrange your skip hire, give us a call today or contact us online.

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