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Scrap Metal Dealers

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 was brought in to tackle the rise of metal theft, which can result in significant disruption, cost and upset to our communities. Residents who want to dispose of household scrap metal items are asked to only use a licensed Scrap Metal Dealer. A list of licensed individuals and businesses is available here:

If you have any information on unlicensed scrap collectors you can report any information in confidence to

Applying for a Licence

All Scrap Metal Dealers and Motor Salvage Operators are required to obtain a Scrap Metal Dealers Licence.

Site licence

If scrap metal dealing takes place at your business then you need to hold a site licence.  A site manager also needs to be named for each site. This licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from those sites from any local authority area.

Collector's licence

If you are collecting scrap metal you need to have a collectors licence.  You need to have a separate licence for each local authority area you collect from.  The licence does not authorise you to operate a site.

A scrap metal dealer can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area. The licence is valid for 3 years.

Application Forms & Guidance

Application for a Scrap Metal Licence

Scrap Metal Dealers Licence Application Guidance Notes

Changes for taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence applications from April 2022

Complete a tax check for a taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence

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