Skip bins and containers

Sometimes you need more than a bag to get rid of rubbish. Skip bins and containers are excellent for clean outs, but there are a few rules around where you put them.

Conditions of skip bin and container placement

Skip bin hirers and companies are responsible for their safe placement:

  • Skip bins should be placed on the hirer’s property wherever possible. · Companies must be permitted by Porirua City Council to allow the placement of skip bins on the road or other Council property.
  • Individual hirers do not have to obtain a permit for a skip bin.
  • Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 the responsibility of safe placement of skip bins lies with the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU).
  • Non-compliance can result in fines of up to $100,000. Send enquiries to

Conditions of shipping container placement

Container hirers and companies are responsible for their safe placement:

  • A permit is required to place a shipping container anywhere outside of property boundaries. The permit application form is below.
  • If the container is over 20m in length, a Corridor Access Request and traffic management plan must be submitted.

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Download the application for container placement form here

Requirements for skip bins and containers

Ensure you follow these requirements if hiring a skip bin or container:

  • Skip bins and containers should be placed on the hirer’s property wherever possible.
  • If a container must be placed on the road or other Council property, a permit is required.
  • A minimum of 5 working days is required to have this application processed.
  • Containers greater than 20ft in length will require a traffic management plan.
  • Skips bins or containers must have a white end or reflective markers (100mm x 100mm minimum) facing oncoming traffic. Adequate marking is necessary during hours of darkness, illumination may be required.
  • Skip bins/containers must be clearly named with contact details (24hr contact number).
  • Placement must not be within a restricted parking area, on a footpath or grass verge unless specific permission is given.
  • Placement must not be within 15 metres of a pedestrian crossing, corner or intersection unless approved by PCC.
  • Placement must not obstruct manhole covers, underground access points and fire hydrants.
  • Access for emergency services must not be obstructed.
  • A minimum of 1 metre between skip bins/containers and driveway access points must be observed so as not to block vehicle entry and exit.
  • Placement must not present a hazard to any other road user or pedestrian.
  • “Half skips” should be placed such that the opening is facing away from oncoming traffic travelling on the same side of the road.
  • Skips bins/containers are only to be placed on the road as they are required. They cannot be stored on the road or left on the road indefinitely without being used. Skip bins and containers are only to be on the road for a maximum of 14 days unless approval to extend this is granted by PCC.
  • PCC reserves the right to ask that the Skip bin/container be moved or relocated at any time. Failure to comply with PCC requests may result in the removal or relocation at your expense.

PLEASE NOTE: If the bins create a hazard within the road corridor, the offending skip bin or container may be removed by Council at the companies or owner’s expense.

The bins may also be removed if they are:

  • Obstructing a footpath or road users
  • Creating a nuisance