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Scrap Metal Dealer

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 replaced the previous registration system for scrap metal dealers.

Every scrap metal dealer is required to have a licence and operating without one will be a criminal offence.

There are two types of licence:

  • Site licence – This is required by all sites where a licensee carries on the business as a scrap metal dealer and a site manager has to be named for each site. This licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from those sites from any local authority area. The fee per site licence (issued for 3 years) is £308.00
  • Collector’s licence – This allows the licensee to operate as a collector in the area of the issuing local authority. It does not allow the collector to operate in any other local authority area, so a separate licence has to be obtained from each council the collector wishes to operate in. The licence does not authorise the licensee to operate a site; to do so they will need a site licence from the relevant local authority. The fee for a Collector's licence (issued for 3 years) is £207.00

The definition of a scrap metal dealer now includes motor salvage operators and the provisions in the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001.

It should be noted that a dealer can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area. You will have to decide whether to have a site or a mobile licence in any one area. You cannot hold both a site and mobile collector’s licence from the same council.


Download our miscellaneous licensing fees information 2017-18 [pdf] 40KB.

Download application form and further guidance

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 [pdf] 242KB
Local Government Guide to Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 [pdf] 221KB
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 - Supplementary Home Office guidance [pdf] 275KB
Scrap metal application form [pdf] 285KB
Scrap metal guidance [pdf] 76KB
Prescribed documents and information required to verify a sellers name and address

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