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What is the difference between a domestic skip and a commercial skip?

Posted on 1 February 2021

Do you need to hire a skip but aren’t sure what is the difference is between domestic and commercial skips? Then you’re not alone. This is a common question we get asked here at Beta Skips, with many people confused about what type of skip they need for their project. Read on to find out more about the differences between hiring domestic and commercial skips in Rotherham or Barnsley.

Domestic Skips in Rotherham

Skip Size

One of the main differences between domestic and commercial skips is size. Generally, commercial skips are larger than domestic skips, often starting at around eight cubic yards in size. This is because the quantity of waste a commercial project generates tends to be significantly larger than domestic projects. At Beta Skips, our commercial skips have a very large waste capacity, making them ideal for a range of projects.

Before hiring a skip, it’s important to consider your needs carefully. Extra costs can be incurred if your skip is too small or large for your project. Keep in mind that it’s against the law to fill the skip to the very top. So, having a skip that’s too small could prevent you from removing the full amount of waste.

If you’re unsure which size skip you require for your domestic or commercial project, simply get in touch. At Beta Skips, we have a full range of skips to hire, from smaller mini and midi skips ideal for domestic use to larger maxi skips and roll-on roll-off skips for commercial use. Roll on roll off skips measure an impressive 20 – 40 cubic yards. They hold at least 170 bags of rubbish and can accommodate large quantities of concrete, bricks, blocks, or soil. We can help you to select the right skip to fit your needs.


The role of commercial and domestic skips in Rotherham and Barnsley differs greatly. Domestic skips are well suited to DIY work within the home. They’re also ideal for tasks such as clearing out your property before a move, decluttering, gardening projects, and converting your loft. For DIY projects, you can use a skip to dispose of materials such as wood, concrete, and plastic. Many other items can be removed too. 

The usage of commercial skips is usually somewhat different. These skips tend to be much larger, making them ideal for construction work, demolitions, moving offices, and the clearing out of old stock. If your project is commercial in nature but you don’t anticipate generating much waste, you can use a domestic skip.  

It’s important to remember that you can’t put plasterboard or asbestos in a skip. Any paint tins must be empty too. If you need to dispose of these materials, it’s best to contact your local council for advice. Hazardous waste, which is defined as waste which contains properties or substances harmful to health or the environment, can’t be placed into either domestic or commercial skips. If you put hazardous waste into a skip, the skip hire company can refuse to take it away.

Whatever your skip hire needs, you can rest assured that Beta Skips can help. Assisting with waste removal projects of all sizes, we can deliver your chosen skip to your site, providing a convenient and efficient service.

Licensing issues

Commercial Skips Rotherham

Licensing is one of the key differences between domestic and commercial skip hire in Rotherham and Barnsley. Domestic skips usually don’t require a licence since they’re often placed on an individual’s private property, such as their driveway or garden. However, with commercial skips, they’re often placed on public property, such as roads, and this means they require a permit.  

If you don’t acquire the correct permit before doing this, you risk being fined by the local authority. It is also likely to put to a stop to your project, which can be highly disruptive and may even lose you money. Therefore, it makes sense to work with your chosen skip hire company to make sure your skip is placed in a location that’s not just convenient to you, but legal too. This will allow you to proceed with your project with ease.

Skip Costs

Since commercial skips are larger than domestic skips, they tend to cost more. For example, an eight cubic yard medium builders skip which holds up to 70 bags is likely to cost you more than a four cubic yard midi skip which holds 40 bags. You may be tempted to choose a smaller skip than you really need in order to save money. However, this isn’t advisable, as this might leave you with excess waste which can’t be taken by a skip company.

Remember that you can’t overfill a skip and that any rubbish that doesn’t fit into it can’t be taken away. It can be easy to underestimate how much waste your project will produce. So, it’s always a good idea to order a skip larger than you think you might need. The good news is that skips in Rotherham and Barnsley can be acquired very affordably. 

At Beta Skips, we’re proud of our competitive prices. We’re always keen to make sure our customers receive a real value for money service. Why not get in touch to find out more about our various domestic and commercial skips?

Contact us

Getting in touch with Beta Skips to discuss your skip hire needs couldn’t be easier. Simply call us on 01709 645039 (Mexborough), 01709 645038 (Rotherham), 01226 979027 (Barnsley) or 01302 969047 (Doncaster) to talk to one of our friendly team. You can also email us here and someone will get back to you right away. Whether you need expert advice or you want to arrange fast delivery of your skip to your home or commercial premises, we can assist.

Contact Us

If you’re ready to find out more about skip hire in Rotherham, or Mexborough, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01709 645038 for Rotherham, or 01709 645039 for Mexborough. You can also send us a message via the website. We’ll aim to get back to you as soon as possible. Our friendly team are waiting to answer your questions and provide you with a competitive quote for the skip hire in Rotherham service you require.