Beginners Guide To Hiring A Skip

Hiring a skip is a daunting experience if you have not done it before. Everyone assumes you already know how it all works. Read our beginners guide to hiring a skip article for more help…

Beginners Guide To Hiring A Skip

To help demystify the process, here is part two of our beginners guide to hiring a skip.

What is a skip permit?

If you want to put a skip on the public highway, you need a skip hire permit from your local council. This must be organised before the skip is delivered.  Skip permits cost extra and take several days to arrange.

What is a CPZ suspension fee?

A controlled parking zone (CPZ) is part of the road where parking is restricted: for example a residents’ parking bay, a pay and display bay, or double yellow lines. CPZs apply to skips so, if you plan to put a skip in a CPZ, you need a suspension in addition to the skip permit which adds to the cost of skip hire.  Your skip hire company will usually be able to sort it out for you.

How much weight can I put into a skip?

The weight restrictions for skips are rarely a problem for domestic users because they don’t tend to fill skips with heavy waste like soil or rubble. Unless you are hiring a skip bigger than 8 cubic yards and filling it up with soil or rubble, it is unlikely to be a problem.

How high can I load a skip?

Most skips have ‘Level Loads only’ written on the side. You should never fill the skip above the line or above its sides. If you exceed it the skip lorry driver may refuse to collect it or ask you to empty out the extra waste.  Overloaded skips are dangerous to transport.

Martlands Skip Hire

If you need to order a skip for your next project, just call our friendly Martlands Skip Hire office on a number below for a skip hire quote that is tailored to your needs. We will be pleased to help!

Burscough Skip Hire 01704 779345
Southport Skip Hire 01704 779345
Skelmersdale Skip Hire 01695 769123
Bamber Bridge Skip Hire 01772 364 399
Chorley Skip Hire 01257 752399
Leyland Skip Hire 01772 364399


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