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