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Scrap metal

You need a licence to buy and sell scrap metal.

Types of scrap metal licence

  • Site collectors licence - allows you to buy and sell scrap metal from a fixed location within the council area.
  • Collector’s licence - allows you to travel within the council area to collect scrap metal. You may not take this metal back to a site that you run within the council area in order to sell it.

Apply for a scrap metal licence

Before you apply you'll need a Basic Disclosure certificate from DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) for yourself and any person listed on the application, including the site manager (if applying for a site licence), each partner if a partnership, and, if a company, for the director(s), company secretary and shadow director.

When assessing applicants, partnerships or a company's suitability to hold a scrap metal dealer's licence, we will check each Basic Disclosure certificate against the list of convictions for relevant offences. Having a conviction for a relevant offence may not automatically prevent you from having a licence.

The licence lasts for three years.

Fees for scrap metal licences

Scrap metal licence type  Fee

Scrap metal licence (Site)

Scrap metal licence (Collector)



Renewal (Site)

Renewal (Collector)



Variation (including change of site manager)  £64
Variation (other)  £64