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.

Apply for a van/trailer permit

Office opening hours

The office is closed for lunch from 12 noon to 1pm and open 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.