Skip permits

Licence applications

In Lancashire, when carrying out work on the highway or the emplacement of anything on the highway that could cause an obstruction to traffic or a danger to the public, a permit or licence is required to be obtained prior to carrying out any works.

In order to obtain a licence, you must be able to provide your company address, contact number and public liability insurance that covers at least £5 million along with any supporting plans or documents to;

Regulations for skips can be found within Part IX of the Highways Act 1980.

The council will aim to respond to all licence applications within 24 hours' of receiving the application.

Any skips placed prior to obtaining a licence may be subject to enforcement action.

If you wish to place a skip on the highway, including the carriageway, grass verge, footway or public footpath, you should contact a skip hire company who will apply for a permit on your behalf. All skip companies must be registered with Lancashire County Council and have a current public liability insurance of £5 million.

The skip company should give two working days' notice when requesting a permit. This is to enable the council to carry out checks to ensure that the skip will not cause a danger or a significant obstruction to road users or those intending to carry out works on the highway.


Please contact Street Works Team for further information:


The fee for a skip licence is £33 per 28 days.