Chelson Meadow van and trailer permit

Apply for a permit

If you're a Plymouth resident you can apply for a free permit to bring a van or a trailer into Chelson Meadow (vans aren't allowed at Weston Mill).

You need to apply online and bring your trailer to be measured by a member of the recycling centres staff, proof of residency and vehicle ownership.

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Frequently asked questions


Yes if you want to bring household waste in a van or a trailer.

  • Yes if you are a Plymouth resident
  • Only one permit per household/per vehicle is allowed
  • Any vehicle that is over 3.5 tonnes when fully laden or over 3 metres long
  • Any flatbed or dropside tipper style vehicle
  • Vans are not allowed to tow trailers into the centre
  • Camper vans are only allowed if they are for sole family use and towing a trailer. Spot checks may be made

Permits are free of charge but a replacement within the first 12 months will be charged £10.

  • You will be allowed 6 visits a year for a large van (Ford Transit size) and for a large trailer between 1.8 metres and 3 metres long
  • You will be allowed 12 visits a year for a small van (Ford Fiesta size) and for a small trailer less than 1.8 metres long
  • Online
  • Call 668000 for more information

To apply online you’ll need an electronic copy of:

  • Vehicle Registration Document (V5 log book, all pages)
  • your photo card driving licence or a valid paper licence
  • Council Tax or utility bill from the last three months to be uploaded at the time of application
  • No but special arrangements can be made as a one – off drop. You can turn up on site with the Hire agreement and Plymouth ID, you will be allowed to get rid of the waste on board.
  • This also applies to a borrowed van, but the resident must be in the vehicle at the time of entry into the site.

No you need to use your own vehicle.

The passes last 12 months and you can renew by using the on line facility. You will need all the same evidence as for the first application.

No you will need to re-apply. This can be done on line and evidence will be required.

No you will need to re-apply. This can be done on line and evidence will be required. The previous permit must be presented the first time you come down to Chelson Meadow with the new vehicle and the permits can be swapped over.

You will need to reapply for your permit. There will be a £10 charge.

We will not accept any auto parts (car/motor bike etc.) other than your car battery or your engine oil.

We reserve the right to investigate and if necessary withdraw your permit

It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act (1990) to deposit materials illegally. If you collect or transport materials other than your own household waste you are required to possess a Waste Carriers Licence. Claiming material as household waste when it did not arise from your house is an offence.

Office opening hours

Monday to Thursday 8am to 4pm and Friday 8am to 3.30pm.

Hire vehicles

You can't get a permit for a hire vehicle. If you've hired one to make a tip run, visit our office at Chelson Meadow and bring photo ID with a Plymouth address and the van hire agreement to get permission to take the van in.

Permit information

  • One permit per household is issued to Plymouth residents
  • Permits are not transferable so please let us know if you move house or change your vehicle
  • Permits are free but £10 to replace if lost
  • Vans towing trailers, vehicles over 3.5 tonnes when fully laden or trailers over three metres long are not allowed
  • Permits will not be issued to flatbed/dropside/tipper type vehicles

Number of visits

  • Permits for small vehicles (Vauxhall Corsa size van or trailer under 1.8 metres long) allow you to make 12 tips a year. Only three of these can be to deposit soil or rubble.
  • Permits for large vehicles (Ford Transit size van or trailer between 1.8 and three metres long) allow you to make six tips a year. Only one of these can be to deposit soil or rubble.

If you have green or garden waste only it will not count against the number of tips.