Apply for a skip operator license
If you operate a skip hire business or own skips in Waltham Forest, you need a permit under the Highways Act 1980 from us to put a builder's skip on a public road. It is illegal to place a skip on the highway without permission.
Only a skip owner or supplier can register.
Registered Skip Companies
Builders and householders wanting a skip can view our registered skip companies list which is updated each month.
View the registered skip company list (19KB PDF file)
See a summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence on the Office of Public Sector Information website.
Permission may be granted after due application by the skip owner or operating company through Waltham Forest Council, which will lay down certain conditions, such as:
- Public liability insurance of at least £5 million
- Waste carriers licence
- Siting the skip
- Its dimensions
- Making skips immediately visible to oncoming traffic
- The care and disposal of its contents
- The manner in which it is to be lighted or guarded
- Its removal at the end of the period of licence
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that Waltham Forest Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within three working days contact us online if you applied through the UK welcome business website or use the contact details above:
Skip permits will be provided to the skip owner or operating company and are charged at £50.00 for 14 days.
Extend or renew your existing licence to place a skip on the public highway *available shortly
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK,Citizens advice bureau gives advice on your consumer rights. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Please contact Waltham Forest Direct and ask for the highways network team in the first instance for matters concerning:
- Licence holder redress
- Failed application redress
- Other redress - include other complaints relating to another aspect of the operation such as noise, pollution or public health