How to hire a skip in London


Unless you are going to site a skip on your own property, the rules that apply to skip hire in London say that you must have a permit before you can site it on public roads and pavements. Before you bring the skip to the site, it is your responsibility to see that the permit is current, and it covers the waste you will be disposing of.

Applying for the permit:

Most local councils let the skip hire company make application for the permit; however, there are some council’s that demand the user of the skip to apply for the permit. Any waste management company that is involved in Skip hire in London will be able to tell you who are responsible for securing the permit. To find out in advance who shoulders the responsibility, your council can advise you.

Skip permits are issued for a minimum of a day and up to four weeks. The permit can be renewed if the job site demands it. The permit has to have been issued before the skip can be placed on the public street or pavement. Failure to have the permit can result in removal of the skip, with no notice, and placed into an impound yard.

When you or the skip hire company applies for the permit, check where it can be placed. The location can vary from council to council, and it can often be a result of local road congestion or road width. If the skip can be on private property, rarely will a permit be required and the location is up to the contractor.

The waste carrier:

It is your responsibility to see that the waste is disposed of properly by the waste carrier. To do this, you need to check with the waste carrier and be sure he has a valid license to carry waste. By law, any company that transports and disposes of waste must be licensed.

Placement of the skip and safety:

Every effort should be made to site the skip on the road and not the pavement. The pavement can only be used if the permit states such. Don’t put the skip anywhere where it will be a nuisance or hinder the flow of traffic.

Safety is important when a skip is sited.

1. The use of cones and amber warning lights must be used around the skip at night, and during the day when the skip is hard to see, such as in fog or mist.

2. Put reflectors on both ends of the skip.

3. Don’t place the skip on manhole covers, drain grates or any other utility access point.

As the skip is loaded make sure the rubbish does not spill over the sides, make sure the contents are stable and cover the skip with a damp net to keep the dust down.


When you need to arrange for skip hire in London, visit Brewsters Waste Management Ltd. Skip sizes from 8 to 16 cubic yards are available for either domestic or commercial waste.