Apply for a waste e-permit
If you use a car towing a trailer or a commercial type vehicle, you will need an e-permit to access our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).
There is no charge to apply for an e-permit.
- applies to residents taking their household waste to HWRCs in Northamptonshire
- limits commercial-type vehicles and trailers to 6 visits over a 12-month period
Check if your vehicle needs an e-permit
Vehicles allowed on site without a permit
- estate cars or people carriers
- 4x4s without pick-up
- campervans or minibuses with rear seats and fittings (used for passenger transport)
Vehicles allowed on site with a permit
- cars towing trailers under 1.8m in length
- pick-ups and crew cabs under 3.5 tonnes gross laden weight
- vans under 3.5 tonnes gross laden weight
- campervans and minibuses with rear seats and fittings removed
- horseboxes under 3.5 tonnes gross laden weight
- any medium vehicle towing trailers under 1.8m in length
Vehicles not allowed on site
- vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross laden weight
- pick-ups over 3.5 tonnes gross laden weight
- vans over 3.5 tonnes gross laden weight
- trailers over 1.8m in length
How e-permits work
Provided all necessary criteria is met when completing the online application, the permit is issued for immediate use and a unique permit number is allocated against your vehicle registration number and address.
On arrival at the HWRC, your vehicle registration will be scanned by the site staff using a handheld device and you will be allowed to dispose of your waste and a visit deducted.
For each visit used, the e-permit holder will receive an email to say how many visits are remaining.
The number of HWRC visits is limited to 6 per year. Once all 6 permitted visits are used, the e-permit holder will not be able to access the HWRCs in their van or with their trailer until the 12-month period has passed.
You may apply for a new permit once the 12-month period has passed.
Renew or amend an e-permit
When your permit is due to expire (12 months from the date of application) you will be sent a reminder email for you to go online and renew. The e-permit will not renew automatically.
If you have recently moved house and you already have an e-permit, then please use the 'edit' option on the e-permit application system.
If the previous residents had a permit and this has not been ended, please email [email protected]. You may be asked to provide further information, such as proof of address.
Your vehicle will be recognised by the e-permit application system, so you will not be able to re-apply with the same vehicle at your new address.
New vehicles with existing permits
If you have a new vehicle which has previously been registered for a permit, you will receive a message informing you that this vehicle is already registered.
In this circumstance, please email [email protected], including the vehicle registration. You may be asked to provide further information, such as proof of ownership.
The e-permit is strictly for household waste and recyclables only. Trade waste is not permitted to be disposed of free of charge under this scheme. Read more about trade waste at HWRCs.
Hire vehicles require an e-permit. Please select the hire option and complete the dates to ensure only visits made in your hire period will be deducted from your e-permit. The vehicle will be automatically removed from your permit once the dates expired to allow any subsequent users to register.
If a commercial-type vehicle or trailer is borrowed from a friend, family member or neighbour, a valid e-permit is still required.
Modified, bespoke or adapted vehicles
If you have a bespoke vehicle and are unsure if the e-permit scheme will apply to you, or your vehicle has been adapted for reasons relating to a disability to assist either you or a member of your household, please email [email protected].
Apply for, renew or edit an existing waste e-permit
Please read the terms and conditions before completing the online form.
Last updated 28 September 2023