If you plan on hiring a skip for a domestic or commercial project, you may be wondering where you can store it. Unfortunately, you can’t just put a skip anywhere you like. There are rules regarding where you can place a skip on a public road. Read on to find out more.

Can I put a skip on my private land?

You can put a skip on your private land as long as there’s suitable access. This could be your driveway or garden. There should be no risk to public safety since you own the land. If you want to place it on your driveway, make sure it’s situated a safe distance away from the pavement. This will ensure that if anything does fall out of your skip, it’s unlikely to hit anyone who might be passing by. You can put your skip in your garden; however, you’ll need to consider how challenging this will be when moving. Moving even the smallest skip into a garden can be difficult.

Can I put a skip on the road?

If you don’t have a driveway or garden to put a skip on, you might be wondering if you can put it on a public road. This is still a possibility, but you will need to gain permission from your local council to do so. Skip permits are required to manage the number of skips placed on the road. This is due to skips not only taking up space, but they also impact parking and traffic. If you don’t have a permit for a skip placed on a public road, you could end up with a fine from your local council.

To obtain a permit, you’ll need to apply to your local council, who will assess the road and verify that it’s suitable to place a skip on. It’s highly likely that they will ask you to place lights and cones around the skip as an extra safety precaution.

How do I arrange a skip permit?

Most skip suppliers will be happy to arrange the skip permit as well as the extra safety equipment on your behalf. Simply order the skip, explain where you want it placed and we will obtain the permit for you ensuring it can be legally kept on a public road. With Reds Skip Hire, we have got you covered!

You should keep in mind that it usually takes a few days for the council to process a skip permit application, therefore we will not be able to deliver your skip right away. You’ll need to account for this added time during your project schedule when you decide when to order the skip. The waiting time for a skip permit largely depends on the council and how busy they are.

Book skip hire in Chelmsford

If you require skip hire in Chelmsford, contact us today. You can get in touch with our team by calling 01268 649053 or by sending an email to book@redsskiphire.co.uk. We can answer all your questions about our skip hire service, including advising you on whether you’ll need a permit.



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