HWRC permits

Do I need a permit for my vehicle?

The following vehicles need a permit to access a Household Waste Recycling Centre:

Vehicles not requiring a permit


Vehicles requiring a permit

Cars – includes people carriers capable of carrying less than 8 people plus driver

Commercial vehicles e.g. vans, crew cabs– those over 6ft/1.83m high (including roof bars/roof racks) can only access Armthorpe

Sign-written cars – must not deposit  any waste which can be associated with the business advertised on the vehicle

Minibuses – defined as a motor vehicle which is constructed /adapted to carry more than 8 people but no more that 16 people plus driver can access Armthorpe only

4x4 without pick-up which has seats in the back – also applies to 4x4s without rear side windows but fitted with bench seats and seat belts in the back

Cars towing a trailer with a maximum bed length of 6ft/1.83m (without attachments to increase capacity) – but not a commercial-type box trailer, horse box trailer or open-sided trailer designed for the transportation of cars and/ motorbikes

Camper vans – fully fitted only and up to the size of a transit van (a gross weight of 3.5tonnes/3500kg)

Camper vans (fully fitted only & up to the size of a transit van, gross weight of 3.5tonnes/3500kg) towing a trailer with a maximum bed length of 6ft/1.83m – but not a commercial-type box trailer, horse box trailer or open-sided trailer designed for the  transportation of cars and/ motorbikes

Quad bikes

Quad bike with trailer

Motor bike and sidecar

Motor bike with trailer


4x4 type pick-up


4x4 vehicle without rear side windows or seats in the back


Large van derived cars*

Vehicles only allowed through discretionary “one-off tip” system

Vehicles not allowed on site at all

Flat bed pickup/tipper type vehicle

Horse boxes

Hire Vans (sign-written allowed)

Horse box trailers

Box type/Luton vans

Commercial-type box trailers

 Cars towing trailers with a bed length over 6ft/1.83m

Commercial-type vehicles towing trailers – including minibuses


Open-sided trailer designed for the transportation of cars and/ motorbikes

Agricultural vehicles eg: tractors 


* for example a Mercedes Vito as when the seat are collapsed or removed such vehicles have the same load-carrying capacity as the van vehicle it is based on 


To obtain a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) vehicle permit, you must adhere to the following terms and conditions:

  1. You must be a resident of Doncaster
  2. Only one permit is allowed per residential property
  3. A vehicle may only hold one permit for the address shown on the vehicles registration document 
  4. Commercial-type vehicles (eg: vans, 4x4pick-ups) are not allowed to bring a trailer onto any HWRC
  5. Permits only give permission to access a nominated site and do not guarantee the acceptance/disposal of any types or quantity of waste at site
  6. HWRCs can only accept household waste generated by your own household- anyone found to be disposing of Commercial or Industrial (Trade) waste will have their permit withdrawn
  7. Permits are not transferable and are only valid for the vehicle and the one site indicated on your application (unless you need to use an alternative site when your nominated site is closed)
  8. Hire vehicles will not be issued with a permit to access the site
  9. The permit must be displayed in the vehicle windscreen or access to the site will be refused
  10. The permit is valid for two years, however if your vehicle or address details change a new application must be made and your old permit returned to the site it is valid for.
  11. When your permit expires, a complete new application must be made.

How to apply for or renew your permit

If your permit has expired, a new permit application must be made as the Council needs proof that you are still the registered keeper of the vehicle and are still residing at the same address. PLEASE NOTE -  a copy of your on-line application form does not grant you access to the HWRCs and your permit application will not be processed without the supporting documents listed below.

Supporting documents

Please note that we will only be able to issue your permit when we have received the completed application form and photocopies of:

  • your car registration document (log book)
  • and a recent utility (gas, electric, water, council tax) bill

For Sign Written vehicles and vehicles owned by your employer, there are additional documents required, please see attachment 'VEHICLE PERMIT CHANGES' for further guidance

The Council will destroy all documents received with the application form once it has been processed and stringent checks made. The Council will take no responsibility for the loss of any original documents supplied.

Please send these documents to:

  • Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU



PLEASE NOTE if you have a long term personal lease hire, Mobility hire, or non-sign written commercial-type vehicle which you employer allows you to use for Social,Domestic & Pleasure please email wasteandrecycling@doncaster.gov.uk or telephone 01302 736000 for information on how to apply for a permit. Thank you

More information

  • tel: 01302 736000

Last updated: 24 May 2019 16:43:01