Everything you need to know about skip hire permits

From convenience and efficiency to cost-effectiveness and eco-friendliness, skip hire in Chorley offers many benefits.

Whether you’re making room for new pieces of furniture or completely redesigning your home, it’s one of the most popular waste management options – but there are rules and regulations you must abide by.

Skip hire permits are one of them.

But what are skip hire permits, and when do you need one? Here’s what you need to know.

What are skip hire permits, and who needs one?

A skip hire permit is a council-provided licence that you need to obtain if you plan on leaving your skip in a public area – such as on the road or pavement outside your house.

These areas (among others) are all owned by local councils, which is why you need their permission if you want to leave your skip there.

Skip hire permits allow your local council to control the number of skips on the road at one time, keeping public areas safe for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

If you leave a skip in a council-owned area without a permit, you could be subjected to hefty fines and face having your container removed.

You won’t need a permit if you plan to leave your skip in your garden or driveway, as this is your own private property to do with as you please.

How do I apply for a skip hire permit?

Skip hire firms are typically responsible for applying for licences on behalf of their customers – so it’s important to let your chosen company know where you plan on leaving your skip.

Some councils will require you to go to them directly for approval, but if this is the case in your area, your chosen company will let you know when you enquire.

If you need to apply for a skip permit yourself, you can either print the forms out and send them by post, or fill them out online. The latter is much quicker and will speed the process up, so it’s recommended that you do it this way if you can.

Are skip hire permits expensive?

The price of a skip hire permit varies from council to council and depends on the amount of time you need it for.

On average, skip hire permits in the UK cost £30. For skip hire in Chorley, you can expect to pay around £15 for a week, and up to £45 for three weeks.

If your skip hire firm organises the permit for you, the extra payment will be added to the total cost of your hire period.

Ready to hire a skip in Bolton?

Now that you know everything there is to know about skip hire permits, what are you waiting for?

For more information or to book a skip, get in touch with the team over at Preston Skips.

Based in Preston, they extend their services to Chorley, Leyland, and beyond, and would be more than happy to help you with your waste disposal needs!


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