05 Jul 2021
what you need to know about skip hire

Using a skip hire service is relatively easy and very affordable, so you might not think too much about it when it comes to this service. Whilst we aim to provide our customers with a simple and enjoyable experience, there are a few aspects we want to educate you on.

With our years of experience in the skip hire industry, Colson Skips has plenty of expert knowledge to share. Maybe hiring a skip is something you haven’t done before, or maybe you’d just like to know more. Here are our 5 things to remember when using a skip hire service.



To know how much you need to spend, you first should be aware of what size skip you require. Prices vary based on the dimensions of the skip, and also the length of time you’d like to hire it for. The bigger the skip, the more you have to pay. The average cost of an 8-yard skip is around £250 excluding VAT, but this figure will rise and fall with each company.

Location can also factor into the cost. With operation costs cheaper in the north and higher in the south, you may be expected to pay more for a skip hire service depending on where you are located.

Permits are the third aspect that can alter the final payment. Permits are required when placing a skip on public land, and again these costs change depending on your location. If your skip is situated on private property, this won’t be an issue for you.



You will have access to a variety of different size skips, whether it’s for commercial or residential use. Certain skips are designed for a certain use, with our 20, 30, and 40-yard skips ideal for building materials. Work with your skip hire provider to ensure you are receiving the skip most suited to your needs.

If the skip is for domestic purposes, be aware of outdoor space. Skips placed outside private property require permits for use, you wouldn’t want to be caught out by the local council. 8-yard skips are the most popular choice for residential hire, but we also offer smaller skips that could be better suited to you.



If you’re planning to use your skip on private land, such as your driveway, then you will not need to concern yourself with permits. Once the hired skip makes its way onto public land, these rules start to change. Skips that are placed on roads will need a permit from your local council, and these can only be applied for by the skip hire company. If you require a permit for skip use, inform your skip hire provider and they will help you obtain the right documentation.

All of this needs to be organised before the skip has been delivered, preventing any legal action from being taken against you. Separate permits are needed for parking zones, which are referred to as parking suspensions. Any permit applications will take up to a few days to complete, and all need to be paid for. Factor this cost into your budget when looking into skip hire services.



You should be aware of what can and can’t go into your hired skip. Whilst it’s easy to think anything can just be thrown in, certain materials cannot be disposed of by skip hire services. These include (but are not limited to), animal waste, oil, chemicals, electrical goods, hazardous materials, and medical waste. Research or talk with your skip provider before you hire anything, you may require a different kind of service. We do not possess the correct licenses to handle and deal with these materials, so keep an eye out for what ends up in your hired skip.

Unfortunately, regardless of who places waste in your skip, you are inevitably responsible for it. If your skip will be located in a public area, be cautious of who can access the skip and what waste they are disposing of.



Each skip hire service will have its list of rules and regulations. Most are standardised within the industry, and you have to comply with them to use their services.

One of the most important guidelines to remember is not to overfill your skip. There are certain height restrictions you should be made aware of, and some services will refuse to collect your skip if the height allowance has been exceeded. Safety requirements differ from location to location, but your local council will inform you about these when hiring a skip. For those placed on public land, you will most likely need safety lights and a covering for the skip. Failing to comply with these regulations could result in a fine, so inform your local council if you plan to place a skip on public land.

Colson Skips provides an industry-leading skip hire service for customers around Nottinghamshire. Visit our skip hire page for more information, and don’t hesitate to get in touch.