If your skip is going to be taking up space on the public pavement or road, then it might be worth considering dropping a note into your neighbours well in advance, especially if there is limited parking available where you live. This will give your neighbours a fair warning about your upcoming project as well as enabling them to think of alternative parking solutions.
Remember, skips can damage block paving, slabbed driveways, soft and un-level ground and soft tarmac drives, which can become more serious if your skip is heavy and requires the use of stabilising equipment. By taking a closer look at the area you are planning to keep your skip throughout the duration of your project, you will be able to reduce the risk of causing damage.
This is particularly important if you share a driveway with a neighbour and your skip will be kept on it for the duration of your project. Remember, the access to your site location needs to be at least 2.75m or 9ft wide and able to accommodate a skip lorry of a minimum weight of 7.5 tonnes, so the ground in this area will need to be able to cope with this pressure.
Also, the grass verge outside your property might be public land too, so a permit might also be required for this area. If you’re keeping your skip on a public pavement or road then you will need to ensure that there is correct signage, including traffic cones, reflective markings, night-time safety lights, the name and telephone of the skip hire company and of course, a permit.