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.

Skip hire regulations

Skip hire companies

Skip hire companies must adhere to specific conditions and regulations and obtain a skip hire permit before delivering a skip to you. The Knowsley Council does not provide skip hire services.

Skip placement on public highways

Placing a skip on any public highway, including paths, pavements, verges, or roads in Knowsley, requires a permit. Only registered skip operators can apply for permits on behalf of their customers. Individuals cannot apply for permits directly.

Skip placement on private property

Permits are not required for placing skips on driveways, private land, or gardens.

Permit purpose

Permits ensure that skips do not disrupt traffic, are positioned safely, and are properly signed, lighted, and guarded in accordance with relevant regulations.

Verifying permit

If you hire a skip, confirm with the skip company that they have obtained the necessary permit. Failure to do so may result in the skip's removal.

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 3034 or email

Skip permit application process for registered skip operators

Online application

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

Application processing

Permit applications are typically processed within two working days.

Skip placement prior to approval

Refrain from placing skips until you receive approval from the highway authority.

Permit duration

Each permit is valid for one to seven days.

Skip limits

Only one skip is permitted per site at a time, except under exceptional circumstances.


Each Permit 1 – 7 days £20 (subject to annual review)

Penalty for no Skip Permit £90 (plus Skip Permit Charge for days on highway, as above)


Apply for a skip permit online webform
Indicates required field
Section 1: Skip Hire Company Details
Section 2: Skip Location Details
Skip location address
(e.g. outside house or landmark)
Where on the street will the skip be placed?
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 3034.:  
Will the skip be placed on the brow of a hill or in a hidden dip?
Will the skip be placed on a bend?
Will the skip be placed within 20 metres of a road junction?
Will the skip be placed within 25 metres of a signal controlled road junction?
Will the skip be placed on a principal road?
Will the skip be placed on a street less than 4.5 metres wide?
Will the skip be placed in the vicinity of a major public venue?
Will the skip be placed on a road where there are double white lines?
Will the skip be placed within the controlled area of a pedestrian crossing?
Will the skip be placed on yellow zig-zag markings? (e.g. in front of schools, ambulance or fire stations)
Will the skip be placed where there are parking restrictions?
Will the skip be placed in a traffic restricted area?
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