Getting work done on your premises over the summer? Do i need a skip licence?

Do i need a skip licenceAre you thinking do i need a skip licence?

Summer is often the prefect time for building work to business premises.

The weather’s better than at other times of the year, the working days are longer and lighter, and some premises still have summer shut-down periods.

If you’re having work done, you’ll need to consider how to remove builders’ waste, where to site skips, and whether they need licences.

How to work out if you or your skip hire company needs a licence

You need to ask these questions:

What are your local council’s rules? You can find out what you need to know by contacting them. In some areas, you will need to apply for a skip licence or permit yourself. In other areas, that will need to be done by your skip hire company.

Is it totally on private land? You won’t need a licence if the skip is entirely on private land.

Is it on the road? You will need permission from your local authority. Please also remember skips cannot be placed on pavements.


What else do you need to know?

Your council will have its own rules about the safety lights and markings you may need, and you need to comply with them.

Don’t forget that you have a duty of care to road users, people in public places, and your own employees.

It’s also important to check your insurance to ensure it covers the skips and work.

If your waste is hazardous, such as waste containing asbestos or chemicals, you’ll need to make special arrangements for collection and disposal and understand the strict rules about moving hazardous waste.

Find out more here.

What are the penalties for failing to get skip licences?

Any business which fails to get the right permits faces a fine of up to £1,000.

You can apply for a skip licence here.


One of the best ways to ensure you comply with the regulations is to use a reputable skip hire company such as Inspire Waste.

We understand what you need – whether it’s open or closed skips, skips for general waste, soil, or other categories of waste.

Find out more about our services here.


Looking for skip hire for business? Call our friendly team on 0191 6824142.

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