When carrying out renovations or building works to your property, you may find that you need to hire a builder’s skip to get rid of the rubble or rubbish.
To hire a builders’ skip you will need to contact a skip hire company – your local council may have a list of approved companies or check your local directory or internet. You will need to consider safety issues!
If you’re skip is to be placed on the road or pavement, it is the responsibility of the skip hire company to make sure they have a permit or licence for the skip. It is your responsibility to make sure that the hire company has a permit where necessary and the license is current. Skip permits are generally valid for one month but can be renewed.
The exact position on the highway where a skip will be allowed to be placed may change from one council area to another.If your skip is completely placed on privately land you probably won’t need a permit. You can contact your council for more information about the siting of skips and skip permits.
Always place skips on the road rather than the pavement, unless you have special permission. Make sure that you and don’t place skips on the highway in places where they might become a nuisance or a danger to road users.
You must use the following a safety measures:
- Use cones and amber flashing marker lights around the skip when it’s dark and or hard to see because of fog, mist and other conditions.
- Fix reflective markers on both ends of the skip.
- Avoid placing the skip on kerbstones, manhole covers, drains, grates or other utility access points.
Also make to sure:
- The contents don’t stick out from the sides of the skip: this is dangerous for road users and pedestrians.
- The skip isn’t over-filled and its contents are stable, covered with netting or dampened to stop the waste materials from inside blowing out.
- The skip doesn’t contain materials likely to pose a risk of fire, explosion and won’t release toxic fumes or present a health or environmental hazard.
- Enclosed skips are the safest type of skip as they stop contents from falling out or overhanging, and stop dust from flying up when items are put into the skip.
- Don’t overload your skip and get it emptied as soon as it’s filled up.
You will need building regulations permission to carry out any structural alterations to your property. Contact your local council for details of any building regulations you need to follow, like the ‘access to and use of building’ regulation.
Also make sure you have any necessary planning permission for your building project – your local council will advise you on skip hire rubbish clearance collection.