London Borough of Croydon

Skips over the Christmas and New Year period

No skips to be placed on the highway from Tuesday 19 December 2017 through to Tuesday 2 January 2018. Normal service resumes Wednesday 3 January 2018.

Licence summary

A licence is required if you wish to place a builder's skip on any part of the highway.

Only skip supply companies can apply for a licence and they are responsible for ensuring that all appropriate regulations are followed.

Please note: The responsibility for obtaining a licence rests solely with the skip supply company. The householder or the building contractor is not responsible for obtaining the permit.

The licence costs £36 per skip and is valid for two weeks, after which it must be renewed if a skip is still on the highway. Two clear working days must be allowed for an application for a skip licence renewal to be processed.

Skips placed within controlled parking zones must be located either in a parking bay or on a yellow line.

There are restrictions on certain roads in the borough – please check the general guidelines at the bottom of this page for locations.

Please note there is a surcharge of 1.65% if you pay by credit card.  There is no surcharge for debit cards.

Under the Highways Act we can prosecute anyone who fails to obtain a licence before placing a skip on a highway. The Act also allows the council (the highway authority) to make the issue of a skip licence subject to conditions, including in particular, conditions relating to:

  • the siting of the skip
  • its dimensions
  • the manner in which it is to be coated with visible paint and other material for the purpose of making it immediately visible to oncoming traffic
  • the care and disposal of its contents
  • the manner in which it is to be lighted
  • its removal at the end of the licensed period.

Legislation summary

Highways Act 1980.

General guidelines

For guidance on obtaining a skip please download the 'skip general guidelines' document below.

Application evaluation process

For information on the evaluation process, please download the 'skip application process' document below.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. You will not be able to place a skip on the highway until you have received a licence.

Apply online

To apply for a new permit or to extend or renew an existing permit, please click on the relevant link at the end of the terms and conditions page.

Failed application redress

Please contact the skips permit team on the details below.

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 of 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

Please contact the skips permit team on the details below.

Trade associations


Licensing team

020 8760 5466
Address Line:

Licensing team

6th Floor, Zone A

Bernard Weatherill House

8 Mint Walk

Croydon CR0 1EA


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