Skip permits

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Under the Highways Act 1980 it is an offence to place anything on the highway unless authorised by a licence in writing issued by the Highway Authority.​​​

Unlicensed skips or materials

Unlicensed skips or materials will be issued with an on the spot fine of £620, this is in addition to any license charges that apply.

Skip and building material licences

It is the duty of the Council, as a highway authority, to issue these licences to maintain public safety and the environment.

Skip permits must be applied for by the skip company placing the skip on the public highway

The following charges apply:​

  • £75.00 for 14 days (3 day advance notice needed)
  • £65.00 for 7 day renewal (3 day advance notice needed)

Once issued, the permit will be sent to the skip hire company. Residents will not receive a copy of the skip permit.

Notice period for skip permits

Skip companies are required to give us three working days’ notice before the expected delivery.​ 

Building material licence

  • £75.00 for 14 days (3 day advance notice needed)
  • £65.00 for 7 day renewal (3 day advance notice needed)

Building material licenses can be applied for either by a resident or by the contractors carrying out the works which require the materials to be placed on the highway.   

However, fees must be paid before a license is issued. Once an application is received and approved you will be contacted for payment. 

Licenses for building materials will be sent to the address provided.​

Apply for a Skip Permit or Builder's Material Licence

​To apply for either a Skip Permit or a Builder's Material Licence, you must contact the Environment services call centre on 01708 432563 - ensuring a minimum of three working days' notice is given.

Legal requirements

It is a legal requirement to obtain a licence to place any skip or materials on the public highway, all of which must be signed and guarded with reflective signs and barriers/cones and illuminated with lamps in the hours of darkness.

Illegal skips or materials placed on the public highway will be removed without notice by the London Borough of Havering and the offender issued with all associated costs/fines.