Skip Licence (Operator)
If you want to put a skip on a public highway it needs to be licenced. You need one application per skip.
A licence (sometimes called a permit) is required for:
- Hippo bags and other skip bags
A skip licence is not required if the skip is placed entirely on private land.
A skip must not contain any inflammable, explosive, noxious or dangerous waste or any waste which is likely to putrefy or which otherwise is, or is likely to become, a nuisance to users of the highway.
Within Southend to make sure skips are placed safely and waste is dealt with correctly, only skip companies registered with us can request a skip licence.
Skip companies need to carry adequate public liability insurance and be a registered waste carrier.
Access the Public Register for environmental information.
Any skip licences granted are subject to compliance with:
- Highways Act 1980 and any statutory provision related to skips on the highway and any subsequent changes
- Conditions of placing a skip and any special conditions applied
A skip licence must be approved before the skip is placed on the public highway.
Apply for a Skip Licence online (One application per skip required)
For each new skip licence there is a fee which covers consideration of the application and for occupation of the highway up to 21 days.
For current fees please refer to the Council Fees & Charges document.
Fines and Penalties
You can be fined if you place an unlicensed skip on a public road, cause damage to any public property or fail to make sure the skip is safe.
Page last updated: 20/06/2017