Most people know that skip hire is one of the most convenient and affordable waste removal solutions available in the UK, but exactly how much does it cost to hire a skip? It may seem as though there should be a simple answer, but there are a number of different factors that need considering to determine how much a skip will cost, including the skip size required, the length of time you need the skip and whether you will require a permit.

The skip size you require is likely to have the largest impact on pricing, with skip prices increasing with size. As such, it is a good idea to determine how much waste you will be disposing of, as a skip that is too large will cost more than you will need to pay, but it will cost more to hire two small skips than one medium sized skip, if you underestimate the the size of your rubbish. For more information on sizing, check out our skip sizes guide to find the perfect skip for your job.


Skip permits can also be a costly expense when hiring a skip, with some councils charging as much as the cost of hiring the skip. The price of a skip permit is set by your local council, and in most cases your skip hire provider will arrange the permit on your behalf. You do not always require a skip hire permit, which can save you a considerable amount of money. If you are placing the skip on council land, you will require a permit, but skips placed on private land do not require a permit.

Want to know how much a skip will cost you? Head over to our skip hire price guide, which has a breakdown of skip price averages for the UK, or request a quote for a bespoke quote to suit your requirements.