Licensing - Other

Scrap Metal

Scrap Metal Dealers

Dealing in scrap metal or the running of a scrap metal business (including motor salvage operators) is controlled by the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

No person may carry on the business as a scrap metal dealer unless they are licensed to do so by their Local Authority. Since October 2013 cash cannot be used by a scrap metal dealer to buy scrap metal. It is an offence and there are no exemptions.

A scrap metal dealer’s licence lasts for 3 years and must be renewed on or before the expiry date if the licence holder wishes to carry on as a scrap metal dealer.

There are two types of licence:

  • Site licence – for carrying on business at any site in the council’s area, which will be specified in the licence.
  • Collector’s licence – for carrying on business as a mobile collector.

Apply for a Licence

At present an application cannot be submitted online but the application form can be downloaded here (PDF 1.20Mb, 8 pages).


  • The fee for a site licence is £325.00.
  • The fee for a collector’s licence is £195.00.

Public Register

The public register of existing licences can be viewed on the council’s website.

For further information contact the Licensing Department by phone or email using the details in the 'Contact' tab.