Skip hire rules and regulations

If it’s your first time hiring a skip- great! Skips are a quick and efficient way to get rid of any waste as quickly as possible. You might be new to the world of skip hire, or just want to look up the specifics before going ahead with the next stage of your project. Whatever your reason, it’s always best to look up skip hire rules and regulations to make sure you’re in the know. 


It’s important to take into account the skip hire rules and regulations, as you could get fined. Not only this, but you could also put others at risk and damage the environment, making it even more vital that you don’t fail to abide by skip hire rules and regulations. If you’re with Wasteaway, it’s not to worry, we’ll explain the skip hire rules and regulations clearly so that you can get on with the job! 

Rules on skip placement

Where you decide to place your skip is important so that our drivers have access and can place the skip in a way that won’t get too much in the way of paths and roads. In addition, our delivery drivers will need to make sure that the skip is in a safe place. 


Tips to make sure that your skip is in the right place: 


  • Make sure there’s wide enough access to where you want to place the skip
  • Don’t block utility access
  • Keep the skip more than 15m away from junctions
  • Just like cars, you cannot place skips on double yellow lines
  • If you’re placing a skip on a public road, you’ll need a permit
  • Depending on where your skip is, you may also need to place safety lights and markings around the skip 

Let’s work together to keep everyone safe!

Whether you’re looking to hire a commercial or domestic skip, at Wasteaway, we will tell you any skip hire rules and regulations so that everyone can be kept knowledgeable and safe. Before placing the skip down, we will give you an emergency number to phone in case you have any questions or concerns- which should be the same for any other trustworthy skip hire company. The skip should also have adequate reflective markings so that it is visible during nighttime. If you have gained a permit to store your skip on the road, traffic safety cones will be placed around the skip to make sure that all skip hire rules and regulations are met. 

Skip licenses

If you’re planning to leave your skip for an extended period of time, a skip license may be required to authorise your skip. These skip permits can be obtained from your local council and are required to fall in line with skip hire rules and regulations. To make this process easier for you, we can arrange the permit for you so that you can save time and effort. 

What items should not go in a skip? 

There are certain items that cannot be placed in a skip for safety and environmental reasons. Charges can apply to skip holders who place certain items in their skip as they pose a risk to public health and require careful disposal. 


Items that cannot be placed into the skips include: 


  • Asbestos 
  • Fridges 
  • Medical waste 
  • Oils
  • Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Tyres


On the odd occasion, fly-tippers may become opportunists and see your skip as a way to get rid of their unwanted items. We recommend placing your skip in a location that is visible to you or others and covering your skip to deter fly-tippers from illegally dumping their waste. 



Taking a look at skip hire rules and regulations is a great start to getting your project done. At Wasteaway, we provide waste management, waste collection, and recycling services to all cities, towns and villages across the whole of England. If you’re looking for skip hire today, order online or phone us via our website.


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