Check if you need a commercial vehicle permit

Only private cars are able to use the household recycling centre without a permit.

All commercial vehicles require a permit to access the household recycling centres. You can use the images and descriptions below to help you decide if your vehicle (and trailer) needs a permit.

We can issue up to 12 permits per annum per household for residents to deposit their own household waste using a commercial vehicle.

Business waste is not accepted at the household recycling centres under any circumstance.
It is an offence to deposit business waste at a household recycling centre, whether you have a permit or not. (Environmental Protection Act 1990)

Vehicles which are not permitted

The following vehicles are not allowed to access any of our household recycling centres under any circumstances.

  • Any vehicle exceeding 3.5 tonnes
  • Trailers with multiple/double axles
  • Tipper vehicles

Check whether you need a permit

graphics of vehicles showing which qualify for a permit


Need a bit more detail?

Vehicle type Permit required?
Pickup, for example Hilux, Ranger, L200 Yes
Crew cab pickup Yes
King cab pickup Yes
Any of the above with hard or soft top over the load bay, and with or without windows/vents Yes
4x4 or utility vehicle fully glazed with rear seats and no load bay. For example Landcruiser, Shogun, Frontera, Range Rover, Land Rover 110 with rear side glazing and rear seats No
4x4 or utility vehicle without rear seats and rear side glazing such as panel van or pickup style. For example, Landrover 110 without rear side windows and rear seats, Hilux with windowed hard shell over load bay Yes
Small car-based panel van with no rear side windows or rear seats. For example, Escort van, Astra van Yes
Any vehicle clearly used as a commercial vehicle with commercial livery or sign writing, except taxis. For example, estate car with 'Jim's Plumbing' livery Yes