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Introduction to skip operator licences

You need a licence to operate a skip hire business or own skips. The council registers operators who wish to hire out skips to the building trade or the public.

To apply for a permit to place a skip on a public road or highway, visit our skip permits page.

Conditions of the skip operator licence: sections 139 and 140 of the Highways Act 1980

If you wish to operate a skip business in Bracknell Forest you need to register with the authority, you will need to show that you are adequately insured and have a waste carrier's licence certificate, goods vehicle operator licence and have a copy of a waste transfer notice, skip operators must not place skips on the public highway unless this is approved in writing by the Highway Authority.

The skip operator must apply separately to this licence for a permit for each skip they wish to place on the public highway, failure to do so can result in the skip operator licence becoming invalid.

There is an annual charge to cover the costs for the licence, this must be paid before the licence is granted (see our how to apply page for current charges).

We aim to process your application within 21 working days of receiving it, as it is in the public interest, we must process your application before it can be granted, please contact us if you have not heard from us within this period.

The skip owner undertakes to indemnify the Highway Authority against any claims arising out of or by reason of anything done or omitted to be done in respect of the siting of the skip pursuant to this application, for this purpose an insurance policy will be maintained by the skip owner to cover any liability up to £5,000,000 for any such claim and to produce the policy to the Highway Authority upon demand together with the receipt for the last premium.

If at any point your public liability insurance, waste carrier's licence certificate or goods vehicle operator's licence become invalid for any reason, this will invalidate your skip operator's licence, you must ensure that you provide us with updated documentation to prevent this happening.

If at the point the dates on your public liability insurance, waste carrier permit and goods vehicle operator licence expire and we have not received an up to date copy of these, this will invalidate the skip operator licence.

The skip operator must apply separately to this licence for a permit for each skip they wish to place on the public highway, failure to do so can result in the skip operator licence becoming invalid.

Once granted, the skip operator licence is personal to the licensee and is not transferable to any other person or premises.

The licensee shall make no claim or charge against the council in the event of any skips being lost stolen or damaged in any way from whatever cause.

The licensee must follow all statutory requirements in respect of the placing of any skips.

Any damage caused to the highway as a result of the placement of any skip will be repaired by the council and all reasonable costs incurred by the council in carrying out such repairs will be recovered from the licensee.

The licensee will ensure that the skips are freestanding and will make no fixtures to or excavations of any kind in the surface of the highway.

The licensee will also read and agree to all of the conditions for the placing of skips on the public highway sections 139 and 140 of the Highways Act 1980.

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