Scrap metal dealer licence

If you wish to collect or deal in scrap metal you must have a scrap metal dealer’s licence before you can trade.

Scrap metal includes steel, iron, copper, brass and aluminium. You do not need a scrap metal dealer’s licence for trading in precious metals such as gold or silver.

Scrap metal dealers must keep records from whom and what they are collecting. They cannot buy metal for cash.

Scrap metal dealers may also require planning permission and a waste carrier’s licence.

You're classed as a scrap metal dealer if you:

  • Operate a business which involves buying or selling scrap metal
  • Buy or sell scrap metal on the internet
  • Operate a business as a motor salvage operator

There are two types of licence, each is valid for three years:

 

  

A site licence authorises the licence holder to carry on business at any site in the council‟s area which is identified in the licence (Section 2(3) Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013). A site licence holder can transport scrap metal from third party businesses by arrangement from any other local council area providing it is in the course of the business from that site. A site licence holder cannot regularly engage in collecting waste materials and old, broken, worn out or defaced articles by means of visits from door to door in the area they are licensed or elsewhere, as this would constitute carrying on a business as a mobile collector. It would be acceptable to collect by arrangement, for instance where a motor salvage operator is asked to transport a damaged vehicle from an address to their site. It is not possible to hold both a mobile collector‟s licence and a site licence from the same council (Section 2(9) Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013).

If a site licence holder uses self-employed mobile collectors to collect scrap metal which will be processed by the site, each collector would need a mobile collector‟s licence.

A collector's licence authorises the licensee to carry on business as a mobile collector in the licensing council‟s area only (Section 2(5) Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013). A mobile collector is a person who  

a) carries on business as a scrap metal dealer otherwise than at a site, and (b) regularly engages, in the course of that business, in collecting waste materials and old, broken, worn out or defaced articles by means of visits from door to door (Section 22(4) Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013). A person carries on business as a scrap metal dealer if a person “carries on a business which consists wholly or partly in buying or selling scrap metal (Section 21(2)(a) Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013).

A mobile collector's licence will cover any employees working for that business. If they are not employed directly by that mobile collector's business and are self-employed, they will need their own collector‟s licence even if they are collecting metal from the same van as a person who has a mobile collector‟s licence.

New application

  • Site licence - £559
  • Mobile collectors licence- £365

Renewal

  • Site licence - £318
  • Mobile collectors licence - £198

Change to licence

  • Variation to site licence - £170
  • Change of site manager - £53
  • Variation to mobile collectors licence - £79
  • Change of details (site and collector) - £38