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Conditions for use of builder's skips

Under Section 85 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, anyone depositing a builder's skip on any carriageway, footway, verge, remote footway, or cycleway, requires permission from East Renfrewshire Council, the Roads Authority.

From 1 October 2008 applications for skip permits should be made by skip hire companies. There is a charge of £44 per skip for up to 28 days. Applications for permits must be made at least 3 working days in advance.

Skips deposited on a road without the prior permission and/ or not in compliance with the conditions of the permission of East Renfrewshire Council will be subject to a fixed penalty notice of £120.

Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, Sections 60, 85 and 86

The Builders' Skips (Markings) (Scotland) Regulations 1986

(Roads Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 65)

  1. Bulk containers (skips) for use on the road for the disposal of building materials; rubbish or other objects shall comply with the appropriate Motor Vehicles Construction and Use Regulations when carried on a vehicle unless otherwise permitted in relation to particular site conditions.

  2. Each skip(s) shall: -
    (a) be positioned so that its longer sides are parallel to the edge of the carriageway and as near to the edge of the carriageway as is reasonably practicable and so that it does not impede the surface water drainage of the road nor obstruct access to any manhole or the apparatus of any statutory undertaker or the Roads Authority,

    (b) be positioned at least 15 metres from the centre line of any junction,

    (c) be positioned to avoid obstructing any pedestrian/vehicular access,

    (d) be positioned wholly on the carriageway.

  3. Where more than one skip is on the road at any time, the skips shall be positioned as closely as possible to each other, but not so as to obstruct access to any premises unless the consent of the occupier of those premises has been obtained.

  4. Each skip or group of skips shall, while on the road, be marked (guarded) and lit in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual.
    (a) Builders' skips placed or deposited on a road must be fitted with vertical red and yellow fluorescent/reflective markings identical to those prescribed for use on the rear of heavy goods vehicles. The design of the skip markings shall comply with the Builders' Skip (Markings) (Scotland) Regulations 1986. The markings shall at all times be kept clean.

    (b) Each skip shall be guarded by at least 4 traffic cones placed on the carriageway in an oblique line on the approach side of the skip. (When 2 or more skips are deposited in a row, so that the distance between adjacent skips does not exceed 2 metres, the row shall be guarded as if it were one skip.)

    (c) At night (that is to say, between half-an-hour after sunset and half-an-hour before sunrise) a lamp shall be placed against or attached to each corner of the skip or the end corners of the row of skips where 2 or more skips are deposited in a row and the distance between adjacent skips does not exceed 2 metres, and shall also be placed between each cone and the next. Lamps shall comply with the current Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions.

  5. No skip when standing on the road, shall contain any inflammable, explosive, noxious or dangerous material or any material which is likely to putrefy or which otherwise is, or is likely to become, a nuisance to users of the road.

  6. No skip shall be used in such a way that its contents fall on to the road, or that there is an escape of dust from the contents of the skip when standing on the road.

  7. Each skip shall be removed for emptying as soon as practicable and in any case not later than two working days after it has been filled.

  8. No skip shall remain on the road after the period specified in the permission unless the Roads Authority grants an extension.

  9. All materials placed in each skip shall be properly disposed of and the road where the skip or skips have been deposited shall be left in a clean and tidy condition on the expiration of this permit.

  10. The skip shall be clearly and permanently marked with the owner's name and with his telephone number or address.

  11. The permit shall be shown, on demand, to any police officer or official of the Roads Authority.


(a) Section 85(2) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 empowers the local roads authority to impose conditions to its permission relating in particular to the siting and lighting of the skip and the removal of the skip at the end of the period of the permission. Section 85(3) makes it an offence to use a skip in contravention of the Act.

(b) Section 86 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 empowers the roads authority or a police officer to require the removal or repositioning or to remove or reposition a builder's skip deposited on the road even though it was deposited in accordance with the roads authority's permission and to recover from the owner the cost of such removal or repositioning, and to dispose of a skip which is not collected by its owner. Failure to comply with a request to remove or reposition a skip under this section may result in the roads authority removing or repositioning the skip and recovering any expenses reasonably incurred in so doing.

Guidance for Placement of Builders Skips

Specifications about design of marking

Skip Specifications about design of marking

a. The width of the marking shall not be less than 140 mm nor more than 280mm.

b. The length of each half of the marking shall not be less than 350mm nor more than 700mm.

c. The angle of each stripe shall not be less than 40 degrees to the vertical nor more than 50 degrees to the vertical.

d. Each half of the marking shall have a minimum area of

e. The breadth of each stripe shall not be less than 133mm nor more than 147mm.

Edge of carriageway

Skip Edge of carriageway

  1. The arrangement of cones and lamps is set out in detail in the Conditions for Use - paragraph 4.

  2. Dimensions are in metres.

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