Skip permits

Information and guidance on skip permits, how to apply for one and any fees or charges.

You will need a permit if you intend to place a skip on the highway. The skip must also be suitably marked, guarded and lit as per the requirements under the Highways Act 1980.

If you regularly apply for skip permits, you should apply to be a member of our Skip Membership Scheme. Please contact us by emailing to find out about the application process.

Skip permits are issued on a weekly basis and any applications must be accompanied by a valid insurance document for a public liability policy for a minimum of £5 million. Members of the skip membership scheme also have additional options for daily, weekly and 4 weekly permits.

Applying for a permit

There are two application types for skip permits:

  • members of the scheme are provided with the application form on enrolment
  • non-members (for one-off skip permits) can obtain an application form by contacting us

It is not possible for members of the public to apply for permits, only skip companies can apply.



Skip Membership Scheme Fee: £250.00 per year

Skip permit fees for members
Permit type Day 1 Week 4 Weeks
Type 0, 1, & 2 Roads, including Town Centre Zonal Map £20.00 £40.00 £150.00
Type 3 & 4 Traffic Sensitive Roads £17.50 £30.00 £115.00
Type 3 & 4 Non Traffic Sensitive Roads £12.50 £20.00 £70.00


  • type 0, 1, & 2 roads, including town centre zonal map: £90.00 per week
  • type 3 & 4 traffic sensitive roads: £70.00 per week
  • type 3 & 4 non-traffic sensitive roads: £50.00 per week

Illegal Skip


Checking if a Skip has a permit

All skips issued with a permit by the Council are plotted onto our map which includes a copy of the permit in PDF format.

Any illegal scaffolding on the highway can be reported by contacting us on 01254 585 585 or emailing


Current skip membership scheme members

  • Frank Barnes (Darwen) Limited, Albert & Hope Mill, Cross Street, Darwen, BB3 2PN, 01254 702748
  • Blackburn Skips Limited, Handbridge Mill, Oxford Road, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 3AZ, 01282 427770
  • A1 Skip Hire, Unit 4 Holme Road, Clayton-Le-Moors, BB5 5SL, 01254 391616
  • Edmund Proctor Ltd, Bent Hall Farm, Bolton Road, Darwen, BB3 2TT, 01254 702625