Builders' Skips on the Highway

If you are using someone to remove waste from your property or business make sure they have a Waste Carriers Licence first. Don't let them take your rubbish until they provide proof of registration and always ask to see the Waste Carriers Licence. They must be registered with the Environment Agency and you can check on their website at

We require any skip operators to prove they have adequate, valid insurance liability cover of at least £5 million before a licence can be issued for a skip to be placed on a public highway. They must also be authorised by us to dispose of waste.

You can check the List of Skip Companies* (DOC, 33KB) to view the skip providers that have already done this..

You do not have to use any of these companies when hiring a skip but it can delay the application process whilst we check their insurance and waste disposal documents and processes.

How to apply

Under the Highways Act 1980, any skip or skip bag on the highway must have a licence. You should allow 7 days for the licence application to be processed by us.

We will request any skip on the highway without a licence to be removed immediately and you will have to pay a charge of £248.19


Here are the skip fees for 2020-21

Fee type Amount
Skip Licence (7 days) £55.00
Skip Licence (Extension to original licence of 7 days) £32.00


Where you can place your skip

You may not place it on yellow lines or verges and any placed in Central Milton Keynes (CMK) will require lights and possibly traffic management or barriers. All skips will also need to be covered.

Depending on the location of your skip, you may also need barriers or traffic management outside CMK for safety.

If the skip is being placed in a parking bay you will need to notify the Parking Team at least 10-days in advance that you wish to have the parking bay suspended.
Call the Parking Team on 01908 254871 or

You will need to complete a Suspension Form (PDF, 96KB).

Please note: the licence will not be issued until the Parking Team have received notification of the suspension.

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Skip Application Form

Got a question?

Try our Frequently Asked Questions sheet (PDF, 162KB)first otherwise please email us  

Last Updated: 9 September 2020