Skip hire essentials

What you need to know if hiring a skip for the first time

  • Make sure the skip you hire will be large enough for your project. It will cost you more to hire two small skips than one larger one.
  • The skip hire period is two weeks.
  • Think about where your skip will go. If it needs to be sited on the road or grass verge outside your house, you are likely to need a permit from your local council. Some councils require you to arrange this yourself, whereas others allow us to arrange the permit on your behalf.
  • Pinbins can arrange a skip hire road permit for the following areas (this information must be confirmed at the time of hiring the skip):
    A
    Abbeywood, Addington, Aylesford
    B
    Badger’s Mount, Barnehurst, Belvedere, Betsham, Bexley, Birling, Blackheath, Bluewater, Borough Green, Borstal,
    C
    Chalk, Chatham, Cliffe, Cliffe Woods, Cooling, Crayford, Crockenhill, Culverstone, Cuxton
    D
    Darenth, Dartford, Ditton, Dunton Green
    E
    East Malling, East Peckham, Edenbridge, Eltham, Erith
    F
    Fairseat, Foots Cray
    G
    Gillingham, Gravesend, Greenhithe, Greenwich, Grove Park
    H
    Hadlow, Halling, Halstead, Hartley, Harvel, Hextable, High Halstow, Higham, Hildenborough, Hodsoll Street, Hook Green
    I
    Ide Hill, Ightham, Istead Rise
    K
    Kemsing, Kidbrooke, Knatts Valley, Knockholt
    L
    Longfield, Luddesdown
    M
    Maidstone, Meopham, Mottingham
    N
    New Ash Green, New Hythe, Northfleet, Northumberland Heath
    O
    Otford
    P
    Paddock Wood, Plaxtol, Plumstead, Pratts Bottom
    R
    Rainham, Riverhead, Rochester
    S
    Seal, Sevenoaks, Shipbourne, Shoreham, Shorne, Sidcup, Slade Green, Snodland, Sole Street, South Darenth, Southfleet, St Paul’s Cray, Stanstead, Stone, Strood, Sutton at Hone, Swanley, Swanscombe
    T
    Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Trottiscliffe
    U
    Upnor
    V
    Vigo
    W
    Wainscott, Walderslade, Weald, Welling, West Kingsdown, West Malling, Westerham, Wigham, Wilmington, Woolwich, Wrotham, Wrotham Heath
  • Areas where arranging a skip hire road permit is the customer’s responsibility (please confirm at time of hiring skip): Beckenham, Bickley, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Chelsfield, Downe, Green Street Green, Keston, Orpington, Penge, Petts Wood, St Mary Cray, Sydenham.
  • If your area is not listed, or you need further information about your council’s practices regarding skip permits, please click here.
  • If your skip will be sited on the road, it may need lights and cones to increase its visibility. Ask us for details.
  • If the skip lorry requires access over your driveway, it is your responsibility to make sure the surface can withstand the weight of the lorry.
  • You have legal responsibilities over what you put in your skip (see Skip hire top tips).