Skip Access Information for your Skoup Skip It Service
So you are about to order your skip, or you have recently ordered one, and you want to know what you need to consider before your skip arrives. You have come to the right place. Throughout the course of this page, we are going to explore everything you need to know about skip access information, so you can proceed with your renovation, clear out, or project as quickly and efficiently as possible.
If you are yet to order your skip, then you can check out our skip comparison page, for more information on which skip size would best suit your needs. We have four skip sizes suitable for most domestic and commercial renovation and clearance projects – our Super Mini, Mini, Midi and Maxi skips.
Skip Access Considerations: Before You Order Your Skip
We want to make sure everything runs smoothly during your skip delivery service. In order to make sure that everything goes to plan, here are a few things to consider before you order your skip:
- Space to Unload the Skip: Please ensure there is enough space to accommodate the skip in the desired placement area to avoid any delays to your order.
- Access to the Property: It’s not only your property that needs to have ample room to accommodate the skip and delivery vehicle, any roads leading to the property will also need to be considered. Are all roads wide enough to fit our skip trucks? Consider if vehicles park both sides of the road making it narrow and unsuitable for access.
- Turning Around: You will need to allow the skip delivery vehicle a minimum 10 metre turning circle. If you’re unsure whether our trucks or skips will have enough room, please contact our customer service team on 03300 535 535, and we can help find a solution.
On-street parking for skip hire
Skips can be placed on public highways (never footpaths), assuming they have a skip permit, but there will be specific regulations set out by your local council. When dealing with skip access, those are regulations that you will need to adhere to.
These will often include but are not limited to:
- When potentially blocking a road or entry way: Ensuring no driveways, entrances or exits are blocked by the skip unless you have been granted permission from the owner.
- Ensuring Utility Access Points are uncovered: Utility access points, such as maintenance hole covers, must not be blocked by the skip at any time.
- Leaving junctions free: The skip is positioned at least 15 metres from a junction.
- Placing Skips in Parking Bays: Skips can be placed within parking bays as long as they do not go over the bay lines. All parking charges must be covered by the customer.
- Additional Skip Permit Restrictions: Any restrictions, regulations and requirements set out within your skip permit will be provided to you before delivery. You are responsible for ensuring all requirements are met and adhered to throughout the skip hire.
There may be more regulations set out by your local council. The above is not a comprehensive list of requirements for placing a skip on a public highway. Although Skoup will provide information regarding your skip permit before delivery, you may want to familiarise yourself with the full list of conditions before booking as well as any other regulations set out by your local council. You can also call our helpful customer service desk on 03300 535 535 for guidance on skip permits and regulations.
Ground Suitability for Skip Hire
Due to the large volume of waste skips can hold, they can become extremely heavy. A suitable space of ground must be available to place the skip on in order to make sure it doesn’t damage the road, ground, or drive it has been placed on. Poor quality or older driveways may be damaged by the weight of the skips as it fills up. Similarly, if a skip is being placed over a drain, ensure they are protected as it is possible for drains to buckle under the weight of a full skip.
At Skoup, we are not able to take responsibility for any damage caused to a property as a result of unsuitable terrain. If you have any concerns about the suitability of your property, please call our helpful customer service team on 03300 535 535.
Gates or shared access
If you have gates securing the access point to your property, please ensure they are open on the day of delivery to avoid delays in your order. If you are not at the property when the skip is scheduled for collection, again please leave the gates open so our drivers can gain access to the skip’s location.
If your property is accessed via a shared driveway, it’s worth ensuring that a skip will fit within your property line and won’t block access. If it’s not possible to avoid completely blocking the shared driveway, please consult with your neighbours to ensure they will not need to use it for the duration the skip hire. Where shared access is being compromised, you will need to be at the property during delivery. Alternatively, call our helpful customer service team on 03300 535 535 to discuss options for placing the skip on a public highway.
Order Your Skip with Skoup Today
If you have double checked the information above and checked the rules in regards to skip access with your local council, then you may be ready to order your skip. If you are ready to order your skip then you can book your skip online through our Skip It service today. Alternatively, if you have any questions at all, you can call our team on 03300 535 535.