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Skip bin permit

You must not place skip bins or other bulk rubbish containers on a road, nature strip, reserve, or other Council land unless you have a permit. If you place a skip bin on public land without a valid permit, you may be fined up to $800.

We understand that you might require the use of a skip/rubbish bin as part of a clean-up at home.

You must obtain a skip bin permit before you arrange for a container to be placed on a road or on Council land. This is to ensure public safety, protection of drainage and to avoid potential damage to road surfaces.

The maximum permit period is 5 days.

If the skip can fit on your own property or is less than 2.5 cubic metres you don't need a permit.

It's important that if you do need a permit, that you apply a minimum of 5 working days prior to it being delivered. This allows us time to check that it's safe to have the skip/bin in your proposed location.

If you want us to check the location prior to submitting your permit contact us on 9217 2170 (as it's a non-refundable application fee). It's also important to keep in mind that placing a skip on public land without a permit may result in a fine.

Permit conditions

  • permit fee is non-refundable
  • skip bin may not protrude onto footpaths
  • skip bin may not interfere with pedestrian or vehicle flow
  • skip bin must not be placed in time restricted parking areas (No Stopping Areas, Clearways, Loading Zones or Bus Zones)
  • it must be placed a minimum of 10 metres from any intersection and not cover any type of service pit
  • if the skip is on the road between sunset and sunrise it must have a clearly placed amber light to alert motorists. This rule does not apply if the bin is:
    • under 1.8m wide
    • has reflecting bands as per VicRoads code of practice
  • all rubbish and material placed in or around the skip bin with or without consent must be removed
  • conditions are subject to change without notice
  • breach or permit conditions or any other legislation may result in Cancellation of the permit and/or fines being issued

Apply for a permit

You will require either an electronic or hard copy of your bin company's current public liability policy when applying for a permit.

If you prefer, you can apply in person at our customer service counter located at 25 Ferres Boulevard in South Morang.

If you need assistance please call us on 9217 2170.

Builders of new residential dwellings

Builders of new residential dwellings should follow the same application steps but use the following form instead of the Skip Bin Permit application form.

Builders will need to pay a separate permit fee for each bin that will remain throughout the construction period.

Shipping or storage containers

If you need a shipping container you will also require a permit.

Due to the size of containers, on most occasions it will need to be placed on public and (road or nature strip in front of your property).

This is to ensure public safety, protection of drainage and to avoid potential damage to the road surface. If however the container does fit on your property, you don't require a permit.

The permit period is maximum 5 days.

It's important that if you do need a permit, you apply a minimum of 7 working days prior to it being delivered. This allows us time to check that it's safe to have the container in your proposed location.

If you want us to check prior to submitting your permit please call us on 9217 2170.

It's important to know that placing a container on public land without a permit may result in a fine.

Permit conditions

  • permit fee is non-refundable
  • container may not protrude into footpaths
  • container may not interfere with pedestrian or vehicle flow
  • container must not be placed in time restricted parking areas. No Stopping areas, Clearways, Loading Zones or Bus Zones
  • it must be placed a minimum of 10 metres from any intersection and not cover any type of service pit
  • if the skip is on the road between sunset and sunrise it must have a clearly placed amber light to alert motorists. 
  • conditions are subject to change without notice
  • breach or permit conditions or any other legislation may result in Cancellation of the permit and/or fines being issued

Apply for a permit

It's important that if you need a permit, please apply a minimum of 7 working days prior to it being delivered.

This allows us time to check that it's safe to have the container in your proposed location,

You will require either an electronic or hard copy of your bin company's current public liability policy when applying for a permit.

If you prefer, you can apply in person at the Customer Service counter at the Civic Centre – 25 Ferres Boulevard South Morang. If you need assistance please contact customer service on 9217 9217 during business hours Monday – Friday.