Applying for a skip permit

To place a builders skip on a Public Highway within Sheffield, you need to obtain a permit from us (the Local Highway Authority). You must be an Authorised Skip Hire Contractor to obtain permission to place a skip on the highway.

A skip permit costs £9.00 for a maximum period of 15 days.

Application evaluation process

Permission will be given subject to compliance of any conditions placed. The application must include the precise location required and the dates when the permit is required (not exceeding 15 days). Please note that the location of the skip may need to be amended as part of the application process to minimise inconvenience to other parties prior to a permit being granted.

Applications by skip operators for skip permits will only be deemed successful once the application has been processed and a permit is produced.

If authorisation is granted the details will be registered in the skip record book and the skip contractor will be given an exclusive reference code which relates to that skip at the agreed location and for an agreed period.

Terms

Requests to place a skip on the Public Highway will not be accepted from the person(s) hiring the skip, the request must be made by the Authorised Skip Hire Contractor.

The Highway Authority may grant a skip permit with or without conditions, these conditions could relate to the following:

  • the siting of the skip
  • its dimensions
  • the manner in which it is to be coated with paint and other materials to make it visible to oncoming traffic
  • the care and disposal of its contents
  • the manner in which it is to be lit at night, signed or guarded
  • its removal at the end of the period of permission

It is an offence under section 139(3) of the Highways Act 1980 to place a skip without the required permissions from the Highway Authority.

Keep within the law

We may pursue a prosecution through the Magistrates Courts against any skip hire contractor (authorised or unauthorised) who places a skip on a road without an appropriate permit, or places on a road a skip that does not meet the Builders’ Skips Marking Regulations.

Register as an authorised skip hire contractor (a ‘skip operator’)

If you wish to place skips upon any highway within Sheffield a permit must be obtained from us (the Local Highway Authority) as required under section 139 of the Highways Act 1980. Before you can apply for any permit you must first register yourself with us as a skip operator known as a ‘Skip Hire Contractor’.

There are no costs involved in registering your business. However, there is a cost to obtaining a permit to place a skip on the Highway. There will be additional costs from the Parking Services Team if a skip is requested to be placed in a ‘Pay and Display’ bay or where there is a Traffic Regulation Order (yellow lines).

Eligibility criteria

We will require the following documents for you to register with us:

  • written details of the contractors registered office / address
  • number of skips to be used/operated
  • a copy of the Public Liability Insurance Cover, which should be to a minimum of £5million. 
  • a copy of Waste Carriers Licence
  • a copy of Goods Vehicles Operators Licence

Application evaluation process

We will aim to process your registration application within 28 days.

Once we have received your application and the required documentation we will inspect the skip(s) to be used on the Public Highway to ensure that they meet the Builders Skip Marking Regulations.

It is necessary that your application is processed before any skips are placed on Public Highway.  If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period of time please contact us. You will usually be notified of whether or not your application has been successful within 28 days of your application.

Once registered, you will be sent the confirmation documents for signing.  It will be up to your company to ensure that your authorised representative signs the forms and returns them back to us as soon as possible for your registration to take effect.

Terms

A request to place a skip on the Public Highway will not be accepted from the person(s) hiring the skip; the request must be made by the Authorised Skip Hire Contractor.

A list of Authorised Skip Hire Contractors will be maintained by us. The companies on that list will have made written application to be included in that list.

We will also maintain a register of permissions given to Authorised Skip Hire Contractors who have requested to place skips on the Public Highway.  It is the responsibility of Authorised Skip Hire Contractors to contact us in order to obtain authorisation prior to placing any skip on the Highway. Skips will not generally be allowed to be placed on footways or grass verges.

If authorisation is granted the details will be registered and the skip contractor will be given an exclusive reference code which relates to that skip, at the agreed location and for an agreed period.

If a Skip Hire Contractor requests to place a skip on the Highway where a Traffic Regulation Order exists, (i.e. single or double yellow lines), then we will have to carry out a further assessment of the proposed location before granting a skip permit. In addition the Skip Hire Contractor will need to apply for special dispensation from our Parking Services Team.

If any skip contractor, or any person, places a skip on the Public Highway without our prior consent, then we may pursue a prosecution against that contractor, through a Magistrates Court. If any skip contractor places a skip on the Public Highway that does not meet the Builders Skip Marking Regulations then they may be also prosecuted.

Skip Hire Contractors should make themselves aware of current legislation and how this may affect the operation of their business.

Highway projection permits

A public highway can include any carriageway, footway, pedestrianised area or verge that is maintainable at public expense. Highway projections protrude over them.

Apply for a permit for private apparatus

Examples of private apparatus include a private telephone cable which spans a street, or a small canopy on a building. If you have an appropriate licence from us, you may place a temporary or permanent private apparatus along, over or across a public highway.

To apply for a Licence (under Section 178 of the Highways Act) please contact us in writing at Highway Regulations in the Highways department, giving details of the type of apparatus. The cost for a Section 178 Licence is £80 (VAT is not applicable).

Apply for a permit for a large projection from a building over a public highway

Examples of large projections include balconies, structural canopies and general building overhangs.

To apply for a Licence (under Section 177 of the Highways Act) please contact us in writing at the Bridges Section in the Highways department, giving details and structural calculations. The cost for a Section 177 Licence is £500 (VAT is not applicable). There may be additional charges for calculation checks.

Apply for a permit for bridge construction

To apply for a Licence (under Section 176 of the Highways Act) please contact us in writing at the Bridges Section in the Highways department, with details and structural calculations. The cost for a Section 176 Licence is £500 (VAT is not applicable). There may be additional charges for calculation checks.