Last edited 21 Feb 2021

What to do before you hire a skip



[edit] Introduction

When you hire a skip aim for one that’s slightly too big for your requirements. This could save you a lot of time, energy and money in the long run. Because it’s all too easy to underestimate how much waste your project’s going to create. And if your skip is too small, you’ll have no choice but to hire a second one.

Also, it’s important to note that when loading, remember that your skip can only be filled level to the top – suppliers face prosecution for unsafe or overweight loads.

Finally, check your gates are wide enough to allow the skip lorry through if you’re using it off road. The skip might fit fine but remember the skip lorry is wider.

[edit] Where should I put the skip?

You are free to put your skip anywhere on your private property, provided the driver can access the location but you should be certain of where you want it. For your convenience choose a space big enough and close enough to the site you’re emptying but easy for the driver to access it.

There are a couple of things to remember:

[edit] Do I need a permit if I want to hire a skip?

If you’re planning on putting the skip on a public road you’ll need a skip permit.

Before your skip is delivered, a skip permit will need to be in place. If not then you could be fined. Skip permits are issued by your local council. Depending on the council, applications for skip permits are made by you or the company providing the skip.

It normally takes at least a few days to arrange a skip permit, so allow for this in your planning. When you arrange to hire a skip confirm with the company whether they organise the permit or you do.

[edit] How long do you need to hire a skip for?

This really comes down to how much waste you have, how close you can get the skip to the site you are working at and how many people are helping to load the skip.

Make sure you are clear with your skip hire company about how long you will need it, because you don’t want your skip being removed too soon. On the other hand, remember that more days typically cost more money, so it may be more cost effective to get some help loading the waste to reduce the time you hire it for.

Equally, if it’s important the skip is removed from your property before a certain date, especially if you needed a permit because it is on a public land. Make sure that you get a clear commitment from the company you hire a skip from about when they will remove it.

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