Skip licence

Licence summary

To put a builder’s skip on a public road, the skip company will need a licence from the local authority.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence.

Application evaluation process

Please be aware that although we can accept your application online it would be helpful to ring your local Area Office and chat through what is required because the situation can be quite complex. A check will either have to be made on our map based system or a site visit may be required to assess whether it is safe to place a skip in a particular location.

Permission may be given subject to conditions which may relate to the following: siting the skip, skip dimensions, making skips visible to traffic, care and disposal of skip contents, lighting and guarding of skips, and skip removal.

Applications from owners will be accepted provided that the skip owner is clearly identified and the owner indemnifies Warwickshire County Council and meets with its insurance requirements set out below.

Public Liability insurance cover of not less than £5,000,000 is required and we request evidence that such insurance is in force.

Placement of Skips on A Public Highway: Standard Conditions (DOCX, 41.04 KB)

Local Area Offices

County Highways North (Responsible for Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth, North Warwickshire)
Coleshill Depot
Coleshill Heath Road
B46 3HL

County Highways South (Responsible for Warwick, Stratford)
Budbrooke Depot
Old Budbrooke Road
CV35 7DP

Please call 01926 412515.


It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. Submission of a form and payment does NOT mean permission has been granted and no skips may be put on the highway without a licence being granted first.


The cost of the licence is £25. If the form is submitted with less than three days until it is intended to place the skip, there will be an additional charge of £10.

Apply online

Apply by post

  • Postal applications must be completed by the owner of the skip and returned to the appropriate Area Office;
  • A cheque should be submitted with the application, unless your Company has been approved for a monthly account.
Skip Application Form (DOC, 76 KB)

Failed application redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

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, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another. Please contact us in the first instance.

Trade associations

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