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Skips Placed on the Public Highway


A skip permit is required to place a skip on the highway (public road), but is not required if the skip is to be placed on private property.

Only Registered Skip Operators will be able to apply for skip permits on behalf of their customers. Therefore, it will not be possible for members of the public to apply for skip permits themselves.

Register as a Skip Operator with Birmingham City Council.

If you are already a Registered Skip Operator, you can apply for a skip permit now.

An information pack was sent to all known skip operators during March 2010 informing of the new changes to procedures and the new charges which will be introduced with effect from the 1 April 2010.

If you have a complaint or concern about the location or safety of a skip on the highway or believe the skip has not been permitted, please email skips@birmingham.gov.uk.

Essential Information
  • Siting Your Skip

    • Your skip should be located as near to the property for which it is required
    • If more than one skip is sited on the highway at any time, the skips should be positioned as closely as possible to each other
    • Your skip should not obstruct access to any premises unless the consent of the owner/occupier of the property has been obtained in advance

    Marking and Lighting Your Skip

    • The owner/licensee of a skip must clearly mark the owner's name, telephone number and address
    • Your skip must be painted yellow at each end, and warning lights must be attached to each corner of the skip from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.
    • Warning lights must be checked daily and kept clean

    Using Your Skip

    • Your skip must be covered at all times unless being filled or removed
    • Your skip should not contain any inflammable, explosive, noxious or dangerous material or any material which is likely to become a nuisance or danger to users of the highway
    • Each skip should be removed for emptying as soon as practicable after it has been filled