Permit scheme for waste recycling centres

Find out which type of permit you should be using for our household waste site.

You must have a permit to use our household waste sites. There are two types of permit for Leeds residents, including:

  • a Leeds Resident Permit
  • a Commercial, Large Vehicle and Trailer Permit

You can only use these permits for household waste, not the disposal of trade waste. If you have trade waste to dispose of please see business waste.

You could be fined and face a prison sentence if you bring trade waste and attempt to dispose of it as household waste.

Leeds resident permit scheme

Only one new or replacement permit is issued per household (with the same tenant) in any two year period. The permit can be removed and reapplied to your vehicle windscreen if needed. 

Council Tax, other utility bills or other documents showing address details will not be accepted.

If you are a landlord, waste from your rented properties cannot be disposed of at a household waste centre and is classed as business waste. If you are the occupier, you can apply for a resident permit using the online form.

Residents from outside of the Leeds area are no longer allowed to use our sites (except where local cross border arrangements are in place).

Apply for a new or replacement resident permit

Commercial, large vehicle and trailer permit scheme

You will need to apply for an additional commercial, large vehicle and trailer permit if you drive a:

  • van not exceeding three tonnes gross vehicle weight
  • car with trailer
  • car with business writing or logos
  • 4x4 with pickup (including pickup style enclosed vehicles)
  • minibus
  • camper van
  • high occupancy vehicle (eight or more seats, less than 17)

Download the commercial, large vehicle and trailer permit form document link(PDF, 544KB).

You can send your completed application to us either by email or post. Remember to include all of the supporting documentation as outlined on page four of the application form.

If you’re eligible, we will post out a set of 12 permits to your home address.

The permits can provide details of two vehicles if they are both registered to the same address.

Using a commercial permit

You need to hand over one of your permits to staff on site for each visit you make. They’ll check the permit, your vehicle details and the nature of the waste you are bringing onto site, and then show you how to use the site facilities.            

The maximum number of commercial permits you are entitled to in a single year is 12, meaning you can visit a recycling centre on 12 separate occasions during the year. If you do not use all your permits within a year, you can continue to use them in the next year.              

We can only issue new permits once all your existing permits have been used and if it has been over 12 months since your first application.                  

Changing address or vehicles

If your address or vehicle details change, you will need to re-apply for a new set of permits. We will only issue you with the number of permits that are unused for the year (for example if you have already visited the recycling centres eight times in the year, we will re-issue four permits with new vehicle details).              

Using a borrowed vehicle

If you would be borrowing a commercial type vehicle from a friend or relative to dispose of household waste, you would need a commercial permit and to supply a letter from the owner giving permission for you to use the vehicle for the transport of household waste.            

You will need the standard letter for borrowed vehicles document link (PDF, 100KB) for this.

Using a company vehicle

If you would be borrowing a commercial type vehicle from a business or your employer to dispose of household waste, you would need a commercial permit and to supply a letter from the owner (or their representative) on company notepaper giving permission for you to use the vehicle for the transport of household waste.            

You will need the standard letter for company vehicles document link (PDF, 101KB) for this.

Temporary permits

You can apply for up to four temporary permits per year (these are not in addition to standard permits). Temporary permits expire 14 days after the date of issue.        

For hire vehicles, you will also need to bring your lease hire agreement with your temporary permit when visiting any household waste recycling centre.        

Vehicles not allowed at household waste recycling centres

If you use a vehicle which has been designed only for commercial use, or a very large vehicle which can carry considerably more than a tonne of waste, you would not be allowed to use the household waste recycling centres.

Vehicles not allowed in household waste recycling centres include:

  • box type vans
  • single cab pickups
  • flatbed vehicles
  • pickups (excluding 4x4s)
  • long wheelbase vans
  • vans exceeding three tonnes gross vehicle weight
  • horse boxes
  • agricultural vehicles

These types of vehicle will need to use a licenced waste facility, such as Kirkstall or Seacroft recycling centres where they will have to pay a fee.

From 5 February 2018 charges apply for disposing of some types of rubbish at our household recycling sites including rubble, hardcore, soil, ceramics, plasterboard and tyres. Please see our guide to waste disposal charges for a full list of items, charges and how to pay.

Contact us

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Leeds Permit Scheme,
Waste Management,
Leeds City Council,
Knowsthorpe Gate,
Cross Green,
Leeds LS9 0NP

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