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Skip bin permits

A skip bin provider must have a permit before placing a skip bin on a road, nature strip, footpath or Council land in Knox.

A skip bin placed on private property does not need a permit.

Who can apply for a skip bin permit

Residents and property owners do not need to apply for a skip bin permit. Council can only issue a permit to a skip bin provider.

To apply for a permit, you must be an authorised representative of the company that owns the skip bin.

Council must issue a permit before placing a skip bin on Council lands or roads in the Knox municipality. Where possible, a skip bin should be placed on private property.

Applying for a skip bin permit

Knox City Council has 2 types for skip bin permits - an Accredited provider or one-off permit. Each permit has different fees and conditions.

Accredited provider - Annual skip bin permit

This permit:

  • is quick and easy to apply online for multiple bin placements over 12 months
  • annual permit fee is $500 renewed in September each year
  • skip bin placement is $50 each (maximum 7 days)
  • permit approvals are instant - you must abide by the annual permit conditions

To apply online, you must attach a Public Liability Insurance certificate for $20 million listing Knox City Council as an interested party.

Apply to be an accredited skip bin provider

Once your application is submitted:

  • we will review your application and contact you if we need more information
  • if approved, we will email you within 14 days with a link to register for our online portal
  • once registered, you can login to notify Council each time you want to place a skip bin on a road or Council land in Knox.

One-off skip bin permit

This permit:

  • is for infrequent skip bin placements in the Knox municipality
  • requires at least 14 days notice to Council before placement of a skip bin
  • skip bin placement is $173 each (maximum 7 days)
  • may require a site inspection by Council.

To apply online, you must attach a diagram/map showing the proposed bin location, and a Public Liability Insurance certificate for $20 million listing Knox City Council as an interested party.

Before applying, please read Council's Privacy Statement.

Apply for a one-off skip bin permit

Once your application is submitted Council will:

  • we will review your application and contact you if we need more information
  • conduct an inspection of the proposed site if needed
  • if approved, email you the permit. You are not permitted to place the skip bin out without the permit being approved first.

How long can a skip bin remain out?

Each bin placement is valid for up to seven days and will be subject to permit conditions.

You must reapply for a permit if a bin is to remain in a public place for more than 7 days.

Penalties and fines

Placing a skip bin on Council land or roads without a valid permit may result in an on the spot fine.

Council can impound any bin that does not follow policy or is positioned dangerously. All impounding costs will be charged to the skip bin provider.

All skip bins must comply with VicRoads guidelines for the placement of skip bins.

Skip bin safety and care

Skip bin providers must ensure that:

  • the skip bin isn’t a danger to public safety and has reflectors and lights if the skip bin is not visible in the dark
  • a skip bin is positioned so that it is clearly visible for a distance of at least 100 meters when placed on a road
  • your name and phone number is clearly displayed on both sides of the bin as defined by the VicRoads
  • skip bins are kept clean and rubbish does not overflow
  • the area around the skip bin is clean after the bin is removed
  • skip bins do not obstruct any footpath, pedestrian access, emergency vehicle, drainage pit or outlet channel
  • placement of the bin does not contravene any traffic control sign or road rule that would apply to vehicles
  • damage does not occur to any Council infrastructure or asset. You are responsible for any damage to channels, footpaths, nature strips or other council assets. Any damage must be reported to Council as soon as possible
  • you comply with all permit conditions and the Knox City Council Amenity Local Law 2020
  • the bin is removed by the permit’s end date or within 7 days
  • the skip bin is a maximum of 7.5 m long, 2.5 m wide and 1.5 m high
  • the ‘supplier’ and ‘driver’ are aware of the responsibilities in the VicRoads Code of Practice for the placement of skip bins on roadsides.

For more information on placing skip bins on the road, see VicRoads guidelines for the placement of skip bins.

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