How to keep a skip

London marathon restrictions

No skips can be placed on certain roads from Friday 26 April 2019 until Monday 29 April 2019.

See the list of roads affected.


You need a licence from the Royal Borough of Greenwich to keep a skip on the roadside. You cannot get the licence yourself - the request has to come from a skip hire company.

The Royal Borough has an approved list of skip companies and you will need to approach one of these companies.

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.

Skip licence application form

Skip companies can apply and pay for a licence using our online form.

Apply online for a skip licence

Licensed skips fees

The fees in the table are standard licence rates for approved skip hire operators. What you pay depends on what the skip hire company charges you.

Skip licence fees for approved skip operators - 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020
Type of skip licence Licence fee
Builders' skip £49
Building materials £46

Unlicensed skips

Any unlicensed skips, and skips which are not conforming to our regulations, will be subject to a fee of £141 per skip and this should be paid by credit or debit card.

Please note - photographic evidence will be used to facilitate our claim, should any legal proceedings occur.


Certain bays are charged for by the day by Parking Services.

The licence period

A standard skip licence will normally be valid for 28 days.

Report a problem

If you have concerns about overloaded or unlicensed skips, please report it by contacting the building licences team.

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.

It will be valid for 28 days once issued.

In your front garden or driveway

A skip licence is not required, and you don't have to use one of the skip companies on our list.