Scrap metal licence

How to apply for a scrap metal licence

Licences summary

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force on 1 October 2013. The act replaces the previous provisions for the registration of scrap metal dealers and the licensing requirements for motor salvage operators. It has been introduced to ensure that all scrap metal dealers and mobile collectors are licensed and introduces additional legal requirements.

Types of licence

There are two types of licence specified in the act:

Site licence 

All the sites which are licensed to deal in scrap metal have to be identified and a site manager has to be named for each site. This licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from their site from any local authority area.

Collectors licence  

To operate as a collector in several different local authorities areas you will have to get a separate licence from each authority. A collectors licence does not authorise the licensee to operate a site. 

It should be noted that you cannot hold both a site and a collectors licence in the same local authority area.

Additional requirements 

In addition to a site or collectors licence, you may need to obtain the following:

  • A waste management licence or hazardous waste licence from the Environment Agency
  • Registration of the business with the Health & Safety Executive
  • Planning permission for the use of any premises in connection with the business

For more information or a copy of the application form, please contact us.