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Skip licence

A skip licence is required if the skip is to be placed on the public highway. Skip licences are not required if the skip is to be placed on private property. Skip licences can only be applied for and issued to licensed skip operators.

Applicable regulations

The following regulations apply to this licence:

  • Builders Skips (Markings) Regulations 1984
  • Highways Act 1080. Sections 139, 140, 140A (as amended by the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991)
  • Transport Act 1982, Section 65.

Conditions of a skip licence


The skip owner undertakes to indemnify the Highway Authority against any claims arising out of, or by reason of anything done or omitted to be done, in respect of the siting of the skip pursuant to this application.

For this purpose an insurance policy will be maintained by the skip owner to cover any liability up to £5,000,000 for any such claim and to produce the policy to the Highway Authority upon demand together with the receipt for the last premium.

Specification of skips

The skip shall not exceed 5 metres in length and 2 metres in width.

The skip shall be clearly and permanently marked on one of the longer sides (not the end) with the owner’s name and address or telephone number.

The ends of the skips shall be painted yellow. Along the outside edge of each end there should be a strip of material that is broad red fluorescent and yellow reflecting diagonal stripes that comply with the Builders Skips (Markings) Regulations 1984 (S1 1984 No 1933).

The painting and the strip of material shall be kept clean at all times.

Position of skips

A skip shall not be placed on the highway so as to impede the surface water drainage of the highway or to obstruct access to other premises, fire hydrants, gullies, manholes or any apparatus belonging to a utility company or to the Highway Authority.

Any skip on the carriageway shall be positioned with its longer side parallel to and as near to the edge of the carriageway as possible.

A skip shall be clearly visible to traffic approaching from either side at a distance of not less than 75 metres and should not be placed within 20 metres of a road junction.

A skip shall not partly or wholly obstruct a footway or cycle path.

The skip should be signed and guarded and comply with Section 8 Highway Act 1980 at all times - this must be maintained by the skip operator at all times.

No part of the skip shall be less than 20 metres from a road junction or within 50 metres of a Pelican Crossing or traffic island. No part of the skip shall be on a carriageway marked with zigzag markings in the vicinity of pedestrian crossings and school entrances.

At night (that is to say between half-an-hour after sunset and half-an-hour before sunrise), a road danger lamp shall be placed against or attached to each corner of the skip.

How we evaluate applications

Licences are issued subject to the conditions listed which relate to:

  • siting the skip
  • skip dimensions
  • visibility to traffic
  • indemnity (public liability insurance
  • care and disposal of skip contents)
  • signing, lighting and guarding of skips
  • skip removal.

Appealing against an unsuccessful application

If your application is unsuccessful please contact us to discuss it using the details to the right of this page.

If you are still unhappy with the decision you may appeal to Telford Magistrates Court.

Complain about a skip on the highway

If you wish to make a complaint about the location or safety of a skip on the highway please contact us.

Last updated: 15/08/2022 09:14

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