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Scrap metal dealers

To be a scrap metal dealer, you must hold either a site licence or a collectors licence.

Site licences

Are for sites where scrap metal business takes place. You can transport scrap metal to and from the site from any local authority  area. 

Collectors licence 

This allows you to collect scrap metal within the local authority area

You can only hold one type of licence in each local authority area. 

How much it costs

Scrap-metal licence fees: 2020 - 2021
LicenceApplication fee
Site licence£513
Renewal of site licence £481
Collector's licence£300

Licence duration

Licences last for 3 years.

Other charges

Scrap-metal licence other charges

If you wish to vary or change details, please contact the licensing team.

How to apply

You will need to

Log into your MyAccount (or create an account if you don't already have one) to complete the form. MyAccount is an easier and quicker way to interact with us and is available 24/7.

·         complete the application form.

·         pay the appropriate fee.

Apply for it

What happens next?

Part of processing your application involves consulting with other agencies. This may take up to 28 days.

If your application is successful, we will send the licence at your registered address.

The licence will come with conditions relating to the below, although we can add additional conditions:

  • receiving scrap metal
  • buying scrap metal for cash
  • record keeping
  • displaying of licence information

If we refuse a licence, we will write to you to tell you why and how to appeal.

You must not operate without a licence. If you do, or if you break a condition of a licence, you could receive a fine of up to £5,000, and your licence could be taken away.

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