Do you need a van, pickup and trailer waste permit?

Our permit scheme is for Surrey residents who need to dispose of their household waste at one of our designated community recycling centres (CRC), in a van, pickup or trailer.

On entering a CRC with a van permit, you will now also be required to show proof of Surrey residency. See Surrey Resident Scheme for details.

Residents with a valid van, pickup or trailer permit can now bring chargeable waste to certain CRCs in these vehicles, which 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.

Please read our Frequently asked questions page for more details on the types of chargeable waste that you can now bring in to our designated CRCs in a van, pickup or trailer.

Vehicles that require a permit

You will need to pay £8.50 for an annual van, pickup and trailer waste permit if you are a Surrey resident and use a van (personal/hired), pickup or a vehicle with a trailer to dispose of your household waste.

A reminder that all van permits are issued for one calendar year (1 January to 31 December), irrespective of when applied for and issued. ALL van permits will need to be 'Renewed and paid' for in a new calendar year starting 1 January.

Please note: If you hire a man with a van the waste will be considered business/commercial waste and must be taken to a waste transfer station, where it will be weighed and charged for.


For the purpose of the permit, a van is:

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

Please note: Passenger vehicles where the seats have been removed (i.e. not being used for what they were intended e.g 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, and seen to be bringing in large quantities of construction waste, you will be challenged by site staff.

Hire vehicle

You can apply for a permit for your hire van. Select 'hire vehicle' from the drop down menu.

  • If you wish to visit one of our sites in a hired vehicle, you will still get 12 visits a year. The permit for an individual hire vehicle only lasts for seven days. Once the seven day period has expired you will need to register a new hire vehicle to the account to use your permit again.
  • When you arrive at the recycling centre you will be asked for proof that it is a hire vehicle, so please ensure you bring your permit, your hire documentation and proof of residency with you. Without this documentation you will be refused entry in to the site.
  • If you have a permit for a personal vehicle and then need a permit for a hire vehicle, you can request this via your permit account. The hire permit will run alongside your personal permit for seven days, after this it will expire and your personal permit will continue.

Business van

You can have a permit for a business van if it is your own personal van and you are bringing in your own household waste. You will not be allowed to dispose of business waste or construction waste from business activities. Your visits and the type of waste you bring will be recorded and monitored to prevent abuse of the scheme.

Duplicate details are not accepted in our system (e.g. vehicle registration numbers, addresses, email addresses). If you are using a company vehicle on your permit, other people will not be able to register the same vehicle in the future.