When you need a skip licence
You need a licence from the Royal Borough of Greenwich to keep a skip on the roadside. You cannot get the licence yourself - a skip hire company has to apply for the licence.
The council has an approved list of skip companies and you will need to approach one of these companies.
A standard skip licence will normally be valid for one calendar month.
You do not need a skip licence to keep a skip in your front garden or driveway, and you do not have to use one of the skip companies on our list.
In a council estate or communal area
To have a skip on council housing land, you must apply for a licence through your local estate office. The licence covers skips up to six yards in length.
Licence fees and charges
The standard licence rate for approved skip hire operators from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 is £61. What you pay depends on what the skip hire company charges you.
Any unlicensed skips, and skips which are not conforming to our regulations, will be subject to a charge of £150 per skip to be paid by credit or debit card. Photographic evidence will be used to facilitate our claim, should any legal proceedings occur.
If a skip is located in certain parking bays, Parking Services can charge you by the day for using the bay.
Apply for a skip licence
Skip companies can apply and pay for a licence using our online form.
Skip location and size
The skip company will agree with us the safest place to put the skip on the road, bearing in mind your requirements. It is not always possible to site the skip where you want, but we aim to get it as close as possible.
Each skip must not be more than three metres by two metres in size.
Report a problem
If you have concerns about overloaded or unlicensed skips, you can report it by contacting the building licences team.
Skip restrictions 30 September to 4 October 2021
Due to the London Marathon, skips are not permitted on these roads between 6am Thursday 30 September and 6am Monday 4 October 2021.
|Street name||Area covered|
|A2/A102||On and off slip roads to Sun in the Sands|
|Artillery Place||Entire Road|
|Blackheath Village||As much as lies within the Royal Borough of Greenwich|
|Charlton Park Lane||Entire Road|
|Charlton Park Road||Entire Road|
|Charlton Road||Entire Road|
|Charlton Way||Entire Road|
|College Approach||Entire Road|
|Creek Road||As much as lies within the Royal Borough of Greenwich|
|Croom's Hill||Entire Road|
|Duke Humphrey Road||Between the boundary of LB of Lewisham and Charlton Way|
|General Wolfe Road||Entire Road|
|Grand Depot Road||Entire Road|
|Greenwich Church Street||Entire Road|
|Greenwich High Road||Entire Road|
|Greenwich South Street||Entire Road|
|Ha Ha Road||Entire Road|
|John Wilson Street||Entire Road|
|Kidbrooke Park Road||Entire Road|
|King William Walk||Entire Road|
|Little Heath||Entire Road|
|Maze Hill||Entire Road|
|Nelson Road||Entire Road|
|Nevada Street||Entire Road|
|Old Dover Road||Entire Road|
|Prince Charles Road||between the boundary of the London Borough of Lewisham and Charlton Way|
|Prince of Wales Road||between Shooters Hill Road and the boundary of LB Lewisham|
|Romney Road||Entire Road|
|Shooters Hill Road||as much as lies within the Royal Borough of Greenwich|
|St. John's Park||Entire Road|
|Stockwell Street||Entire Road|
|The Village||Entire Road|
|Trafalgar Road||Entire Road|
|Vanbrugh Park||Entire Road|
|Vanbrugh Terrace||Entire Road|
|Welland Street||Entire Road|
|Wellington Street||Entire Road|
|Westcombe Hill||Entire Road|
|Woolwich Church Street||Entire Road|
|Woolwich High Street||Entire Road|
|Woolwich Road||Entire Road|
|Woolwich New Road||Between Nightingale Place and Grand Depot Road|