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Scrap Metal Dealer licence

Every scrap metal dealer is required to have a licence, and operating without one is a criminal offence.

Scrap Metal

The licensing of scrap metal businesses is regulated under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. This came fully into force in December 2013 (replacing the 1964 Act). This registration now includes vehicle salvage.

The revised legislation prohibits scrap metal dealers from paying for scrap metal in cash, and places a duty on licence holders to maintain comprehensive records of all purchases and disposals of metal.

Further information on the legal duties of licence holders can be found in the Act and the accompanying guidance.

If a person is not an existing operator or failed to submit an application for transitional status prior to 15 October 2013, then they are not legally allowed to trade until their application is considered and a formal licence granted.

Applying for a licence

Complete the pdf icon Scrap Metal Dealer licence application [322kb] and return it to the licensing team.


You will need to contact us when your registration is due for renewal.

Changes you need to tell us about

You need to let us know about changes such as your name, address, change of business premises or if you have stopped dealing with scrap metal.


• Site licence - grant £384.60
• Collector's licence - grant or renewal £119.40
• Minor administrative change to licence £10.50
• Variation - change of site manager £23.30
• Variation from collector to site licence £260.00
• Variation from site to collector licence £75.00