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Skip and scaffold permits

Applying for skip, scaffold or mobile platform permits; applying to become an approved contractor; and reporting an issue with a skip or scaffold.

Can I place a skip or scaffold outside my property?

Yes, but you must contact a skip or scaffold company of your choice to arrange appropriate hire. Your chosen provider will then apply to the council for a permit if a skip or scaffold needs to be placed on the ‘public highway’, which includes the road, pavement or verge.

What would you like to do?

Under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, private households and businesses are required to take full responsibility for any waste they import, produce, carry, keep, treat or dispose of. Read more about Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on the government’s legislation website.

Under section 47 of the above act, we may serve notice on a business, requiring it to take steps to ensure waste does not cause a nuisance or otherwise negatively impact to the amenity of the area. Read more about Section 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on the government’s legislation website.

Can I report smells or odours from a skip?

Yes. The council can investigate odour and air pollution issues from building sites, which also include waste in skips. Read more about reporting smells and odours.

How do I report an issue with a skip or scaffold on the highway?

You should report issues directly to the owner of the skip or scaffold in the first instance. Their contact details are usually printed or stamped into the equipment. Alternatively if the skip or scaffold is causing an obstruction, you can report it on the 101 non-emergency police number.