Are you planning a home renovation or a garden clearance project? If so, hiring a skip can be a convenient and efficient way to manage your waste. Whether you’re tackling a small DIY project or a major construction job, having a skip on hand ensures that you can dispose of your rubbish safely and responsibly.
But before arranging your skip delivery, it’s important to know how long you can keep it for. The last thing you want is to face additional charges if your project overruns beyond your skip-hire duration.
Read on to discover how long you can keep a hired skip for. And don’t forget, if you’re looking for affordable skip hire in Ipswich, Thetford, and Stowmarket, you can always contact Kent Skips.
How long can I keep a hired skip on private land?
If you have a construction project, renovation, or clearout coming up, you want to plan your skip hire to make sure you always have access to waste disposal throughout. When you’re hiring a skip to go on private land, such as on your driveway or in your garden, it should be fairly straightforward.
However, every project is different, and we all know that timelines don’t always go to plan. What happens if your skip hire term ends and you still have waste to get rid of?
Well, in most cases, you should be able to extend the lease. Most skip-hire companies start with a two-week hire period. At Kent Skips, for example, we suggest an initial two weeks, whether you’re hiring a mini skip in Ipswich or need a 12-yard skip hire in Diss. However, we don’t charge any extra if your project overruns.
What we do recommend is to make sure you choose the right skip for your needs. An overloaded skip can be dangerous. So before starting any clearances, make sure you calculate how much waste you’re likely to generate. Err on the side of caution and go for a bigger skip if you have the space on your land. This means that, if you face significant delays, you should still have room to fit everything in once it’s all back up and running.
On the other hand, if it looks like your clearout or renovation will be delayed but your skip is nearing capacity, it’s best to arrange for an additional skip or a new, larger one to prevent the risk of overflowing.
How long can I keep a skip on a public road?
If you don’t have space on private land to store your skip, you may find you have to keep it on a public road. And if you do that, you may need to get a skip hire permit (also known as a skip licence) from the council. This will either be from Norfolk County Council if you’re arranging skip hire in Thetford or Diss or Suffolk County Council if you need skip hire in Ipswich or Bury St Edmunds.
Skip permits are vital for keeping pedestrians and road users safe and making sure you’re complying with local regulations.
A skip licence is usually valid for two weeks (costing £80.00 in Norfolk and Suffolk at the time of writing). However, you can renew the permit for a further two weeks (costing £40.00). If you’re applying for a skip permit in another part of the UK, it’s always best to double-check the timeframes with your local authority to avoid any issues or fines.
Load and Go skip hire
On the other hand, you might find that two weeks is far too long for your skip hire needs. Perhaps you don’t have anywhere convenient to keep a hired skip or you already have your waste prepared and ready to go. If this sounds like your situation, you could benefit from a Load and Go skip. Unlike other types of skip hire, the Load and Go option means you can dispose of your waste in 30 minutes. One of our drivers will bring the skip to you and wait for up to half an hour while you fill it. They’ll then bring it back to our transfer station for processing. You can choose any skip size you need, too — from mini skips to large 12-yard options.
Kent Skips: skip hire in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, and the surrounding areas
Whether you’re in need of a speedy Load and Go skip or require skip hire for an extended period, the team at Kent Skips can help. We have a range of skip sizes suitable for all projects and can work flexibly with you to ensure you have as much waste disposal as you need.
So if you’re looking for cheap but high-quality skip hire in Norfolk and Suffolk, contact us today. We offer skip hire across the counties, from Diss and Thetford to Ipswich and Stowmarket. Get in touch if you have any questions.