Scrap Metal Dealers

Any individual or business dealing with scrap metal must be licensed with the local authority where they collect. This means a collector can hold a licence with several councils. Any changes (including ceasing activities) to a registered business must also be notified. The Licence ceases after 3 years unless a further application has been made.

Tax Check

From 4 April 2022, there is a small addition to the checks we currently have in place. You will need to complete a tax check with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) when you renew your licence for:

  • Scrap Metal Site
  • Scrap metal Collection

Please Note: We cannot proceed with your licence renewal until the tax check is completed and we have received the code.

Apply Online

Apply for a scrap metal dealer licence (Opens in a New Window)

Change a scrap metal dealer licence (Opens in a New Window)

Are You Eligible?

Restriction on the holding and storage of scrap metal may be imposed by a Court.  

How We Process Your Application

Dealers are required to keep specified records of scrap metal movements.

Your application will be processed within 3 months. 

If you do not receive the license, you will be not be able to trade.

Find out more about Fees

Find out more about Appeals and Complaints


View the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.  (Opens in a New Window)

There are fees for licence applications.  If an application is refused only a small portion of the fee is returned.

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