Scrap metal dealers


If you’re collecting, buying or selling scrap, you’ll need a scrap metal dealer licence.

Any person who carries out a business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence may be fined up to £5,000.

Please note that to collect scrap, you’ll also need a Waste Carrier’s Licence (issued by the Environment Agency).

How do I apply for a scrap metal dealer licence?

There are 2 types of licence:

  • a site licence – allows you to operate a site and collect any scrap relevant to that site
  • a collector’s licence – allows you to collect scrap only within the authority area that it was issued

Both licences last for 3 years.

To apply for either licence, fill in the application form below and make the payment relevant to the application you are making. Please see the list of fees.

You may make payment by clicking the following payment link or by sending a cheque in with your application to:

Licensing Department
The Gateway
Gatehouse Road
HP19 8FF

You’ll also need to submit a basic criminal record disclosure report no older than a month.

If you are applying for a Scrap Metal Collector's Licence you will also need to provide a passport photograph with your application.

For more information please complete our online contact form or visit British Metals Recycling Institute