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Common questions about the van permit

Do I need to pay to get a van permit?

The van, trailer and pick up permit is free and will entitle you to 12 visits in one calendar year, (automatically renewing on your first visit in the new calendar year).

What waste can I bring to the CRCs with the van permit?

You are just allowed to bring household waste. This is not valid for household construction waste (including waste from home DIY projects) or business waste, which must be taken to a waste transfer station where it will be weighed and charged.

How do I renew my van permit?

You don't need to apply for a new van permit. This will be automatically renewed on your first visit in the new calendar year.

I don't live in Surrey, can I apply for a permit?

No, you need to be a Surrey resident to apply for the van permit.

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What is a van?

For the purpose of the permit scheme, a van is:

  • Any vehicle without side rear windows
  • Any flatback vehicle
  • Any pickup vehicle (two seater or four seater)
  • Any large MPV where the seats have been removed
  • Camper vans
  • A vehicle that is pulling a trailer

Passenger vehicles where the seats have been removed (ie not being used for what they were intended eg to 'transport passengers'), may also be classified as a van. This could include minibuses and large hatchback cars.

If you are regularly entering our sites in these types of vehicles, seen to be bringing in large quantities of construction waste, you may be challenged by site staff.

Where can I take household waste using a van, trailer or pick-up?

  • Camberley
  • Earlswood
  • Epsom
  • Guildford
  • Leatherhead
  • Lyne
  • Shepperton
  • Witley
  • Woking

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Where cannot I take household waste using a van, trailer or pick-up?

  • Bagshot
  • Caterham
  • Cranleigh
  • Dorking
  • Farnham
  • Warlingham

I have hired a van, can I apply for a permit?

Yes, you can apply for a van permit - select 'hire vehicle' in the 'type of vehicle' field. Please, be aware this will only be valid for 7 days. You can apply for subsequent permits for a 'hire vehicle', but overall you will be allocated 12 visits per year not per permit.

You will need to take your permit and hire documentation to the recycling centre, where you will be asked for proof that it is a hire vehicle.

If you have a permit for a personal vehicle and then need a permit for a hire vehicle, you can apply for it online. The hire permit will run along side your personal permit for 7 days, after this it will expire and your personal permit will continue.

I have hired a man and van to get rid of my waste - can he have a permit?

No. As soon as you give your waste to someone else and pay for them to take it away, it becomes commercial waste. It must be taken to a waste transfer station where it will be weighed and you will have to pay for its disposal.

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Why do we have the van and trailer permit scheme?

Our community recycling centres are for household waste only. Businesses must use waste transfer stations and pay for the disposal of their waste.

As businesses mostly bring their waste in vans and trailers, these type of vehicles need a permit to use the recycling centre.

This allows residents with a van or trailer to use the centres to dispose of their own household waste whilst keeping businesses out. This reduces congestion at the centres and means that businesses contribute to the cost of disposing of their waste.

Why can I only make 12 visits in a calendar year?

Increased demand for essential services, coupled with reduced government funding, means Surrey County Council needs to reduce its spending in other areas. Changes to the van permit system will enable the council to make critical savings while still maintaining a comprehensive service for residents.

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