Construction waste (skip bins)
When you need to hire a waste container for construction waste and it cannot fit within your property boundaries, you must obtain a permit to place the bin on Council's roads and footpaths.
To obtain a permit, you should first arrange hire of your bin from one of the approved companies who have registered with Council, and then contact Council and pay any permit fees applicable.
Fees and charges
In an unmetered area a skip can be placed for 7 days (or less) without a fee.
In a metered area a skip can be placed for 3 days (or less) without incurring a fee.
Fees can be found in the current fees and charges page
Apply for a free skip permit
To obtain a skip bin permit, you should first arrange hire of your bin from one of the approved companies.
You can apply for your permit number below using the Inner West Council customer request management system:
Apply for a free skip bin permit
General conditions for skip usage
The following conditions are set out to prevent injury or damage to any persons or property. Failure to comply with these conditions could mean immediate removal of the bin at your expense and/or the issue of on-the-spot fines.
- An application and payment of fee must be made to Council before any bin is placed upon Council's roadway.
- It is an offence to stand a bin upon any footpath or carriageway without approval.
- The applicant must accept liability for any damage caused to the road, gutter, grass verge, footpath or any injury sustained by any persons during the delivery, occupation and removal of the bin.
- Council reserves the right to order the removal of any bin or the termination of any activity associated with it, which causes a nuisance or creates a danger. Upon receipt of such order, the applicant shall comply immediately.
- The applicant must agree to observe any special conditions that are imposed by Council in relation to this application.
- The applicant must agree to bear responsibility for the removal of any waste deposited in or around the bin, whether by their self, at their direction or by any other person.
- The applicant must also agree to indemnify the Council against any clean-up costs that may be incurred and acknowledge that the said costs may be recovered by the Council as a debt.
- Food waste, dangerous or hazardous wastes shall not be placed in any bin.
- The suspension of parking metering rate is per day, per parking bay.
Approved companies – current as of November 2018
Apply for a skip outside of the free period
Use the forms below to apply for:
- Placing a skip in a parking meter bay, for greater than 3 days and up to 10 days. The fee for suspending metering of a a parking bay is $57.40 per day (2019/20 fees and charges).
- Place a skip in in a non-parking-metered area, for greater than 7 days and up to 3 weeks. The weekly rate is $115.00 (2019/20 fees and charges).
- A council officer will review your application and contact you within 10 days.
Skip bin greater than regulated time application (PDF 171.5KB)
Skip bin greater than regulated time application (DOCX 78KB)
Skip permit exceptions
You will be required to apply for a road occupancy permit if:
- The container is larger than 12m³
- The skip required is outside the above limits.
This is subject to the Council Engineer’s review and satisfaction of the proposed works. A council officer will review your application and contact you within 10 days.
Hoarding, fencing, road, footpath and car park occupation form (PDF 267.5KB)
Hoarding, fencing, road, footpath and car park occupation form (DOCX 69.9KB)
Join the waste container company list
The COVID-19 coronavirus situation is changing rapidly and is impacting on Council operations. There may be some unavoidable service response delays and disruptions to non-essential road access applications. Urgent and emergency road access works will be prioritised on a case by case basis. Generally we need 10 business days notice but due to the current situation be mindful of delays.
If you are a waste container company seeking to join the list please complete the form below.
Skip bin operator application form (PDF 208.5KB)
Skip bin operator application form (DOC 119.5KB)
An approval fee is payable (in the first year only, and refunded when registration lapses) as well as an annual fee.
The operator licence is for a year from October to September.
If your skip company is already on the list the Council will contact you in September to discuss your licence. Once details and a payment is received your details will be updated within 3 days.
Conditions for skip licensees (Skip bin suppliers)
These conditions are to be read in conjunction with the NSW Roads & Maritime Services Technical Direction TD 2009 SR01 – Placement of Bulk Skip and Waste Containers. Where any conflict of interpretation exists between these conditions and the Technical Direction, then these conditions shall take precedence.
A skip bin may be placed in a public place/public road (within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1993) subject to the following conditions:
- Skip bins may only be placed by persons, or companies, holding a current licence from Council. The licence applies to the owner, or provider, of the skip bin. See clause 18 below for exceptions.
- The maximum dimensions of a skip bin is 5m × 1.8m (length × width). See clause 18 below for exceptions.
- The skip bin must be of a light colour with the name, address and telephone number of the owner/proprietor clearly displayed.
- Skip bins must be post pick-up sorted and recycled. Proof of this company policy is required prior to issue of licence.
- Only one skip bin at any time may occupy the road reserve at any property frontage. See Clause 18 below for exceptions.
- The skip bin shall be placed only on the carriageway (and not on the footpath) parallel to and 450mm from the kerb so as not to impede the flow of water in the gutter or to cause any obstruction to traffic.
- All skip bins must be placed immediately in front of the property of the user of the bin. If the skip bin is to be placed outside a corner property it shall not be located closer than 6 metres from the boundary of the cross street. If this were to place the skip bin beyond the applicant's property frontage, then the prior written consent of the adjacent property owner must be obtained. The skip bin must be positioned to comply with all restrictions of the Australian Road Rules as if they were a motor vehicle.
- Skip bins must not be placed in any disabled parking space.
- Skip bins must be placed so as to take up no more than one parking space on the street, taking into account the position of adjacent vehicle crossings and relevant Australian Road Rules. The Skip bins must not restrict access to adjoining parking spaces. In parking areas where parking bays are marked out, the skip bin must be located wholly within and centred to the marked parking bay.
- Duration of the activity, from date of placement of the skip bin to the removal date:
- Metered parking space
- For the up to 3 days, there is no charge.
- For more than 3 days, up to 10 days, a daily fee applies – see clause 17 below.
- For more than 10 days - see clause 18 below.
- Non-metered parking space
- For up to 7 days, there is no charge.
- For more than 7 days, up to 3 weeks, a weekly fee applies – see clause 17 below.
- For more than 3 weeks, see clause 18 below.
- The supplier of the Skip bin must have taken out public liability insurance and have provided Council with a certificate of currency for a public liability policy with a minimum cover of $20 million for the period of the licence. The policy is to note, and provide protection for, Inner West Council as an interested party.
- A security deposit for damage to Council property must be lodged with Council for the period of the licence.
- Payment of the annual fee must be made every financial year.
- The skip bin can only be used in association with works that either do not require approval of Council, or works that have received consent from Council
- Please note that Inner West Council may order the removal of any skip bin if there is a failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the policy or if the placement of the container results in a nuisance or danger to the public.
- Transporting of waste over or under a public place requires an approval under section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993.
- An application for extension of skip bin placement permit is required for instances covered b clauses 10(i)(b) and 10(ii)(b) above.
- An application for hoardings, footpath, road and car park occupancy is to be used to seek approval for the placement of skip bins contrary to any of the above conditions. This could include:
- Skip bin providers who do not hold a skip bin licence.
- Placing a skip bin that exceeds the maximum dimensions in clause 2 above.
- Placing more than one skip bin at one location (clause 5 above).
- Placing skip bins in a location for a period of more than 3 weeks in a non-metered area.
- Placing skip bins in a location for a period of more than 10 days in a metered parking area.