Residents Permits for Household Waste Recycling Centres

If you want to use your vehicle to take your waste to one of the Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres you need a residents permit.

Why are permits being introduced?

The Council has been monitoring the use of Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) and identified that residents from other areas have been using Bradford’s facilities.

In order to manage the cost of operating the facilities and the cost of waste disposal, the Council is putting measures in place to ensure that they are only used by the residents of Bradford district who fund them. Therefore residents permits will now be issued to people who pay their Council Tax to Bradford Council.

Every household needs a permit. Only one will be issued per household. This permit can be used by anyone in the household. So, if you have more than one vehicle, please ensure you have the permit when visiting the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

The Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by the implementation of these measures.

How to apply for a permit

  1. Please complete the form - you can download one on this page. 
  2. Take the completed form, your Council Tax bill and your driving licence or any other proof of identity/address with you next time you visit your Household Waste Recycling Centre. 
  3. You will be issued with your permit straight away. 
  4. Display the permit in your vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a permit?

The Council has been monitoring the use of HWRC and identified that residents from other areas have been using Bradford’s facilities. To manage the cost of operating the facilities and the cost of waste disposal the Council are trying to put measures in place so that they are only used by the residents of Bradford who fund them.

How do I get a permit?

You need to fill in the form and take it, with your driving licence or any other proof of identity/address and your Council tax bill, to your local HWRC where you will be issued with a permit straight away.

Where do I get a permit from?


Is there a cost?

No. The permit is free.

What do I do with the permit?

You must display the permit in your vehicle whenever you want to use a HWRC. Photocopies will not be accepted.

What if there is more than one vehicle at my household who use the HWRC?

You can transfer the permit from one vehicle to another as long as it is on display in the vehicle when you visit the HWRC.

Can I use other HWRCs?

Yes. The only reason we ask you to tick the form is so that we can see which HWRC you are getting your permit from. Once you have a permit you can use any HWRC.

What if I can’t find my permit application form?

You can download a form by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page and your HWRC will have spare copies of the permit application form, but you must take your driving licence or any other proof of identity/address and Council tax bill with you.

What if I lose my permit?

You must go back to the HWRC where you originally got your permit, taking your Council tax bill with you, where you will be issued with a replacement.

What if I move house?

You should leave your permit for whoever moves into your old address. You should have been left a permit in your new home; however, if this is not the case, you can download a form from this page or get one from your local HWRC and apply for a new permit.

Will I have to apply each year?

No your permit lasts as long as you are at your current address.

Will I get turned away from a HWRC if I do not have a permit?

The permit system is being enforced and you will be asked for your permit. However, permits will be issued through the year so if you haven’t got a permit yet you will still be able to get one.

I drive a van – do we need a permit?

Yes – but you need a van permit to use the HWRC, not a resident’s permit. However, if someone from your household uses a car to take waste to the HWRC you will need a residents permit for the car and a van permit for the van. You can apply for a van permit at Bowling Back Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre or Keighley Transfer Station.

More information is available at the Household Waste Recycling Centre Van Permits page

Do I need a permit if I do not drive and a relative takes my waste to a HWRC for me?

If relatives/friends are clearing out properties or are just taking waste to the local HWRC because someone is either disabled, deceased, gone into care, or elderly and:

  • They are using a van: they would need to apply for a van permit 
  • Using a car and live outside the district: they would need to take the form, your Council tax bill, proof of your identity and their own driving licence and explain they are taking waste on behalf of someone else who lives in the district 
  • Using a car and live in the district: they could use their own permit or use yours

I don’t have a driving licence – what do I do?

If relatives/friends are taking your waste because you do not have a driving licence or you use a bike or walk to the HWRC, you still need a permit. Please take your form, Council Tax bill, and other proof of identity/address and we will issue you with a permit, which you can keep and use however you take your waste to the HWRC in the future. On the permit it will say ‘No Driving Licence - lives local’.

I have a foreign driving licence – does this matter?

No – any driving licence will do. It is only used to verify who you are and where you live. Some other proof of your Identity and address will be acceptable

Are any other forms of ID acceptable?

Yes. Instead of your driving licence you can use other forms of ID including passport, photo identity cards, birth or wedding certificate, or household bill.

I have a holiday home in the district – do I need a permit?

Yes. Just take your completed form, Council Tax bill and driving licence or any other proof of identity/address to your local HWRC and you will be issued with a permit.

Is there an agreement with Leeds Council that allows residents of Menston to use Ellar Ghyll HWRC?

There is no formal agreement with Leeds in place and we are not aware of any plans to implement a permit scheme. However, Leeds sites are clearly signed that the sites are for the use of Leeds residents only and that waste should be from the home of the person delivering it. Bradford residents should obtain a permit for the use of Bradford sites and can use any of the district's 8 sites dependent on which is most convenient.

What happens to my personal information on the forms?

Once the permit number has been registered to the Council tax reference number all personal data will be destroyed.

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