You should receive your permit within 10 working days. However, if our checks mean we need to query your application or your application contains an error this may delay the process.

Who needs a tipping permit? 

Residents of Newcastle who intend to deliver their household waste to one of our sites using any of the following vehicle types will be required to apply for a permit in advance before they are allowed access to the site:

  • Van;
  • Pick-up Truck;
  • Any vehicle towing a trailer; or
  • Any vehicle displaying company livery or logo

All successful applicants will receive a permit sheet containing from 2 to 12 non-transferable permits depending on vehicle size and ownership.  Each permit can only be used once. Permits do not have an expiry date. Residents may only re-apply for permits after twelve months.

Hire vans do not need permits. However, you must take your hire agreement and proof of Newcastle residency (e.g. a utility bill) with you and show them to the site attendant. Vehicles with hire agreements longer than 3 days will need permits. 

Trade waste is not accepted. Attendants are instructed to turn away and report any vehicles suspected of trying to dispose of trade waste. 

Newcastle Council will prosecute anyone disposing of trade waste at a Household Waste Recycling Centre.


For safety and to reduce site congestion, vehicles bigger than transit van size, including box-lutons, are not permitted to use any site.

No pedestrian access to sites (i.e. parking outside a site and carrying waste in is not allowed).

Why we introduced the scheme

We introduced the permit scheme to help ensure that the Household Waste Recycling Centres are only used by residents of Newcastle for the disposal of their household waste.

It is a criminal offence for any trades person or company to use a Household Waste Recycling Centre to dispose of their waste. Newcastle Council monitors the sites and prosecutes trade users.

Trades persons or companies requiring information on their legal obligations in transporting waste should phone the Environmental Agency on 08708 506506. 

Newcastle Council does not operate a site where traders can deposit waste. However, there are a number of private trade disposal points around Tyneside and you may find the commercial waste section of the Yellow Pages a useful source of such providers.

Page last updated: 
8 October 2014
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