Gather the contact details
The first step is to gather contact details of the local borough council by visiting this page. Now you have the contact details of your local borough council. It is time to apply for the license.
How to apply
You can apply for a building material or skip license in several ways including:
Visit the website of your local council and in the search box on homepage, type “building material license form”. Look for the appropriate form from the search results, download it, print it out and fill it according to the instructions provided with it. Fax the completed application form to the parking bay suspension team (fax number can be found in the contact details link provided above).
Complete the downloaded application form, fill it carefully and post it back to the parking services of your local borough council on the address provided in the contact details section of the local council’s website.
Apply in person:
Complete the downloaded application form and take it with you to the reception of your local borough’s main office. They are open from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
All of the boroughs of London operate a strict advance notice policy which is a minimum of 8 days. It will allow the local council to place the necessary signs around a parking bay to inform other road users.
Fees and payment methods
There are two types of fees that are charged to the applicant; one is for the license that can cost you approximately from £40 to £65 depending on the local council, and the second fee is the parking bay suspension fee which is charged on a daily basis and it ranges from approximately £20 to £40 per day.
You can pay the fees by a debit or credit card by filling the relevant payment section on the form, or you can pay in person by visiting the local council’s office.
Enforcement and checks
Once your application is accepted, enforcement officers will visit the area regularly to keep a check on the skip to make sure that it is placed within the allowed premises. Once your license is expired, the skip has to be removed from the road to avoid paying extra fines.