Scrap Metal

Scrap metal dealing 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 three 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.

How to apply

Submit a completed form (PDF, 174KB, 6 pages), relevant documents and fee online.