It’s a question we get asked a lot by our domestic skip hire customers; where can I keep a skip?
And it makes sense; you’re hiring something huge to be delivered to your home; where are you going to keep it for the few days – or in some cases weeks – that it’s going to be with you?
Unfortunately, there isn’t one single answer to this question. The real answer is ‘well, it depends’. On the whole, as a general rule, if you’re going to be keeping the skip on private land, then you can keep it in any sensible and easily accessible place. However, if you’re going to be keeping the skip on public land, then it might require a skip permit.
Let’s take a deeper look at both those options.
Can I Keep A Skip On Private Land?
If you are going to be keeping your skip on private land that you own, then there is no requirement for a skip permit and only a few simple guidelines need to be followed.
The vast majority of people who hire a skip for their own domestic purposes will be keeping it on private land. This is householders who are hiring a skip for a personal project, such as a home renovation or a garden redesign.
In these circumstances, the skip is most likely to be kept on a private piece of land, such as a driveway, front garden or field.
In this situation, where the homeowner is lucky enough to have a piece of private land, there are a few simple questions that should be asked to determine whether or not the proposed location is fit for purpose;
- Size – is the piece of private land large enough to house the skip that will be delivered? Obviously, skips vary greatly in size and the one you choose to hire will depend on the size of the project you will be undertaking. However, even the smallest sized skips have quite a large footprint, so you need to make sure the designated place will be large enough to hold it comfortably.
If in doubt, simply speak to your skip hire company when you’re booking your skip and they’ll happily give you the required measurements. And don’t forget that the top of a skip is usually bigger than the bottom, so make sure you factor that into your calculations!
- Access – is the proposed location for your skip easily accessible? Your skip is likely to be delivered on the back of a large flat-bed truck, so is there sufficient room for the lorry to navigate easily to the location? Also, many skips are off-loaded from the rear of the truck using hydraulic lifting gear, so you need to ensure there will be sufficient headroom for the lifting equipment to operate, as well as sufficient space at the rear of the lorry for the skip to be put down. Similarly, given the rear unloading, most skip trucks will need to reverse to the desired location, so will they be able to do this with ease?
Again, if you’re in doubt as to how accessible your location is, speak to your skip hire company at the point of reserving your skip and they’ll be happy to advise you.
- Logistics – is the proposed piece of land a sensible place to put a skip? It’s likely that your skip will be with you for a few days to a week as a minimum, some skips might need to be in place for considerably longer (or, depending on the project undertaken, a series of skips might be in place). Hence, you need to make sure that you’re putting the skip in a logical place; it needs to be somewhere that is easily accessible for you to dispose of your rubbish but you still need to be able to carry on with daily life.
For e.g. If you’re going to be keeping your skip on your drive, can you still get your car past it? If not, have you considered where you will keep your car instead? Can pedestrians still get past the skip to the house? Are your neighbours going to be inconvenienced at all? If you’re keeping the skip in a field, will any livestock be safely fenced away from it?
Again, if you are unsure, your skip hire company will be more than happy to advise you about the most sensible place to put your skip.
Can I Keep A Skip On Public Land?
If you’re not lucky enough to have a private piece of land around your home that you can keep your skip on – or if a part of your skip might spill over onto public land – then it’s still possible to hire a skip, but you’ll need to consider one additional factor.
Obviously, if the skip is going to be kept on public land, such as on the road outside your house or on a piece of publicly owned ground next to your house, then all the above points still apply, but you will likely also need a skip hire permit from your local council.
This is a document that states that you have been permitted to hire the skip. It will usually be for a certain length of time and will have certain parameters applied to it, such as where the skip can be kept and whether it needs to be covered etc.
Skip hire permits are issued by your local county council, hence each one will have its own way of doing things and its own type of licence. Some councils allow skip hire companies to apply for them on behalf of their customers, whilst some councils require that the permit is applied for by the householder only.
Unfortunately, in all cases, there will be a financial cost for the permit and they could take some time for the application process to be completed and the permit to be issued. Hence, it is always advisable to commence the application process well in advance of needing the skip.
If you are in doubt, it’s advisable to speak to your local council and find out exactly what will be required. You can find out who your local council is here.
Contact The Waste Group
If you’re looking to hire a skip for domestic purposes but you’re uncertain of where you can keep one and whether or not you will require a permit from the council, then The Waste Group will be happy to advise you.
We’ve been supplying skips to the domestic market for decades now, so we have seen every skip location you can imagine. We know what works and what doesn’t, so we’ll be more than happy to make sure you find the right place to keep your skip.
You can contact us by giving us a ring on 0800 652 0160.