Are you looking to hire a skip? When hiring a skip to remove rubbish from your house, flat, or even garden, you may not be aware of the rules and safety regulations.

Whenever you hire a skip, you must take into consideration where you’re going to place it. In many cases, they need to be positioned on roads verge or highways, and a license obtained from the local authority.

When hiring a skip to be positioned on the road, you must meet four legal conditions for both sides’ protection in the event of third party accidents. These conditions are:

  • Permit
  • Lights
  • Cones
  • Skip requirements


Skip permits exist to manage the number of skips placed on the road because not only do they take up space, they impact traffic and parking.

It is against the law to have a skip without a permit. Not only can you be liable to a fine from your local council, but the skip could also be removed. You don’t need authorisation if you place a skip on private land, such as your driveway, field or private road.


To ensure protection at night or in low lighting conditions, any skip situated on a road or highway must have lights mounted at each end of the skip.


You must have two cones positioned at the approach side of the skip, this makes it visible to drivers. Usually, a skip provider can supply both lights and cones for an additional fee or include them in the permit price.

Skip requirements

The skip itself must meet such requirements, including being painted yellow on both sides, clearly identifying the skip owner’s name and phone number, and having red and yellow fluorescent reflective markers. Also, the skip must be collected within two working days after it’s filled.

Do you need a skip? Check out AKS Skip Hire for reliable and efficient waste management and skip hire in Norwich.