Get a permit to place a skip on a public road – local authority Scotland, road occupation, skip licence
Contact your council to apply for a skip permit or licence to place a skip on a public road or footpath in Scotland.
You need a permit if you:
- operate a skip hire business
- plan to use a skip that isn’t from a private hire company
You dont need a skip permit if youre putting the skip entirely on private land.
You must make sure the skip is:
- marked with the name, address and telephone number of the hire company
- in good condition, eg no holes
- safe so pedestrians won’t injured by brushing past it
- not blocking any road or footpath users
- not blocking any drains
- painted yellow on both ends to reflect headlights of approaching cars
- not placed on a verge
- not placed outside nightclubs when the club is in use
How to apply
Contact your council to apply for a skip permit.
A permit costs £22 per week but may vary for different councils.
Fines and penalties
You can be fined by the council if you place an unlicensed skip on a public road, cause damage to any public property or if you don’t follow any of the restrictions of your permit. You will also have to move the skip.A skip permit allows you to place a skip on a public road or footpath in Scotland.