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Skip Permits

You’ll need a skip permit from your local council if you want to put a skip on a public road.

Wait & Load

You will not need a skip permit if you ‘Wait & Load’. A permit isn’t needed because the driver waits with the skip as it is loaded and takes it away straight away again.

With Wait & Load, the skip is the same price and you will have 30 minutes to load the skip.

Applying or a Skip Permit

AMA Waste is able to apply for a skip permit on your behalf for a fee from most councils around the country.

Please note there are a very small number of councils who request the customer obtains the permit directly. We can help you with this at time of ordering.

How Long Does it Take to Apply for a Skip Permit?

Most councils can either approve a permit on the same day or in up to 3 days. However, some take between 5-14 days. Contact AMA Waste or your local council to find out exactly how long you will need to wait for a skip permit.

Skips on Private Land

If you’re putting the skip on private land, you don’t need a skip licence.


You can’t put a skip on the pavement.
In some areas (predominantly around Central London), you may need to apply for a parking bay suspension if your skip is on yellow lines or in a pay and display bay. Contact AMA Waste or your local council for more information and costs
Don’t block entrance/exits (unless you have specific permission)
The skip must not block or cover any utility access points e.g. manhole covers
Skips cannot be placed within 15m of a junction

Most councils require you to put safety lights and markings on or around the skip. This could include:

Reflective markings
Traffic cones
Night-time safety lamps
Contact details of the skip hire company
Night time safety lamps

For more information, please contact your local council.

Fines and Penalties

If you don’t meet the requirements of your council regarding permits, safety lights and markings, you could be fined up to £1,000.

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