Apply for a van, pickup and trailer waste permit

Apply for a permit

There is a non-refundable fee of £8.50 if you want to use a van, trailer or pickup to take household waste to a designated Community Recycling Centre (CRC). This is an administrative charge which means we can still allow these vehicles to access our CRCs.

  • Residents with a valid van, pickup or trailer permit can now bring chargeable, construction waste to certain CRCs in these vehicles. This must be bagged. Loose loads will not be accepted.
  • Unfortunately residents with a valid van, pickup or trailer permit are still unable to bring non chargeable construction waste into our CRCs in these vehicles. This type of waste can be taken to a waste transfer station, where your waste will be weighed and a charge made.
  • See Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the types of chargeable waste you can now bring into our designated CRCs in a permitted vehicle.

To apply you will need:

  • To be a Surrey resident and will be required to provide a valid Surrey residential address. When entering a CRC, proof of residency will now be required. See our Surrey Resident Scheme for details.
  • To read and accept our terms and conditions before applying.
  • To create a Surrey account (using the link below). Once registered, please click on "Quick Links" to apply for your permit.
  • To provide a valid email address as this is where your permit will be sent.
  • A valid debit or credit card

Apply for a permit online

Renew your existing permit online

Once an application is made, the fee paid and the permit issued, we need to remind you that all van permits (whenever applied for and issued) will expire at the end of that calendar year.

You will be able to renew your permit and make the appropriate payment on this page on or after 1 January every year.

All 2021 permits have now expired. You can now renew your expired permit online from 1 January 2022 onwards.

Receiving and using your permit

  • You will receive your van, pickup or trailer waste permit via email usually within 15 minutes of applying online. This may vary depending on your network provider. If you do not receive an email please check your junk mailbox.
  • The permit will need to be shown to site staff on arrival - either a paper copy or on a smart phone. The permit must match the registration number of your vehicle you have driven to the CRC.
  • If you forget your permit or it does not match your vehicle registration number, you will be refused entry to the community recycling centre.
  • Your permit allows 12 visits per calendar year (1 January - 31 December). By accessing your Surrey account you can check how many visits you have made.
  • Permits will not automatically renew until you have made payment for the following year.
  • If you lose your permit we can resend your permit via email. Please contact us with your details via email: contact.centre@surreycc.gov.uk
  • You will now also be asked at all community recycling centres for ID confirming that you are a resident of Surrey. Please see our webpage: Surrey Resident Scheme, for further details.
  • The permit provides permission to enter the site only and is not a permit to deposit waste which is subject to the site user guidelines, and any waste restrictions that apply. Your permit will be checked and the waste and recycling you have brought will be recorded.

Community Recycling Centres where you can use your permit

You can only use your van, pickup or trailer permit at the sites listed below and only to dispose of household waste. Please be aware that all the centres listed below will be closed for one day on Friday 3 June for the Queens Jubilee celebrations.

Please check each community recycling centre below for information on what you can and cannot bring.

You cannot use your van, pickup or trailer to dispose of household waste at one of the following community recycling centres, because these centres are too small and do not have the resources to accept such vehicles.


Why the permit was introduced

The permit was introduced to ensure that:

  • Only Surrey residents can dispose of their household waste in a van, pickup or trailer at one of the designated community recycling centres.
  • Businesses do not dispose of their waste at community recycling centres as they need to pay for the disposal of commercial waste.
  • Congestion is reduced at our community recycling centres.

For further information, please see our van, pickup or trailer waste permit - terms and conditions.