Home Page Council News Room Site Map Ask a question Website - information and help Listening and Learning: Compliments, comments and complaints Access Keys

Vehicle Permit Scheme

Do I need a permit for my vehicle?

Please see the Schedule below showing vehicles which need permit. A permit will be required for commercial type vehicles which are those designed to carry goods. Vehicles designed to carry people, i.e. with both seats and windows, will not require a permit

Any vehicle which requires a permit will not be allowed on site with a trailer of any size.

Trailers whose internal dimensions have been adapted will be measured according to their original internal length.

How does the scheme work?

The permit allows a household, when using a vehicle that requires a permit, a maximum of 12 individual visits to a HWRC to dispose of household waste in the 12 month period from date of issue of the permit. On the expiry of the 12 month period or the completion of 12 visits, if this occurs later, you must apply for a new permit. Permits are free of charge to householders in Cornwall. Only one permit is allowed per household.

One permit will be issued against each address and if a household has more than one commercial type vehicle/large trailer they will have to decide which to register for a permit.

Once a permit application is received the permit should be sent out within 14 days which will then allow the user to attend the site. It is not possible to attend the site until you receive your permit.

How do I obtain a permit or renew an existing permit?

If this is the first ever application you have made Apply for a free permit. Do not complete this form if you have already had a permit for any vehicle.

If you have lost your permit, changed vehicle or completed your 12 visits, provided the 12 month period has expired, you should apply to renew your permit. You can do this by completing the online renewal form or by sending your old permit and a covering letter to Waste Management, Western Group Centre, Radnor Road, Scorrier, TR16 5EH.

What is a commercial type vehicle, and what is trade waste?

Commercial vehicles are those that are designed to carry goods, not people. They have no rear seats and/or no rear windows, and/or an open back, or a back which is separate to the main cab area.

Trade waste is defined as waste arising from any trade or business, industrial or commercial activity. Traders often undercut legitimate businesses by lowering charges for their work because they do not pay to dispose of the waste legitimately. All traders should adhere to a Duty of Care, which sets out their responsibilities to dispose of waste, and they should also have a current Waste Carriers Licence from the Environment Agency.

If you are a business and would like more information on dealing with your waste, please follow the link to our Commercial and Business Waste page.

Hired vehicles

Vans hired by a householder for 3 days or less to deposit household waste will be allowed to enter the HWRC without a permit. The householder will be required to present the hire agreement to site staff upon arrival at the HWRC and complete a trade waste disclaimer confirming the waste is household and not trade waste.

For hire periods over 3 days, the vehicle will not be allowed to enter the site without a permit and householders should call 0300 1234 141 for more information.


VehicleAllowed on sitePermit Required

Car- including estate cars

Car logo




Freelander logo



4x4 with open back or separate cab

Ford pickup logo



Van under 3.5 tonnes

peugeot van logo



Van over 3.5 tonnes

large van logo



Any van/pickup with any trailer

peugeot van with trailer



A car/4x4 with a trailer under 1.8m (6 feet) internal length

small car with small trailer



A car/4x4 with a trailer between 1.8m (6 feet) and 3m (9.8 feet) internal length

freelander with large trailer



Horsebox under 3m long

small horse box



Trailer or horsebox over 3m long

large horse box



Disclaimer Forms

Trade waste disclaimer forms will continue to be used where site staff cannot distinguish whether the waste is the result of trade or domestic activity. Visitors will be asked to complete a form confirming their waste is from their household. Records will be maintained and continue to be shared with enforcement agencies in case action is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

More information on the permit scheme and its restrictions is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page.