Apply for skip permit

If you are hiring a skip, the skip hire company must follow conditions and regulations and have a skip hire permit in place before delivering it to you. We do not provide skip hire.

If you wish to place a skip on any part of the highway (a highway includes a path, pavement, verge or road) in Knowsley, only Registered Skip Operators can apply for skip permits on behalf of their customers; it is not possible for members of the public to apply for permits themselves.

You don’t need a permit to place a skip on a driveway, private land or garden.

A permit is required to ensure that skips are not causing disruption to traffic, are sited in a safe position and are properly signed, lighted and guarded in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations.

If you hire a skip you must confirm with the skip company that a permit has been obtained, otherwise the skip may be removed.

Register as a skip operator

You must register your details with us if you want to operate a skip. You can’t apply for skip permits until you’re a registered skip operator.

You will be required to provide the following information when you apply:

  • Public Liability Insurance details for a minimum of £5,000,000
  • Waste Carrier Licence details.

To register as a skip operator, call 0151 443 5815 or email:

Skip hire companies: apply for a skip licence online

Once registered, you can apply online for a skip permit using the application form below.

Applications are normally processed within two days and you should not supply skips without approval from the highway authority. 

Each permit lasts between one and seven days. Only one skip is allowed on a site at a time, except in exceptional circumstances.



Each Permit 1 – 7 days £15.00 (subject to annual review)

Penalty for no Skip Permit £75.00 (plus Skip Permit Charge for days on highway, as above)

Skip conditions and regulations (PDF)

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Section 1: Skip Hire Company Details:
Section 2: Skip Location Details:

Please note that skip permits are only valid for a maximum of 7 days:
If you answer yes to any of the following statements, you should discuss the issue with an appropriate officer from the highway authority on 0151 443 5815: