Scrap metal licence
If you wish to trade in metals or motor salvage, you'll need to apply for either a site licence or a mobile collector's licence or both.
There are 2 types of licences:
- Site licence - allows you to buy and sell scrap metal from a fixed authorised site
- Collector’s licence - allows you to collect scrap metal from door to door collections
You can read the Scrap Metal Dealer's Act 2013 here.
Applying for a licence
Once your application is submitted and paid for online it is automatically sent to the responsible authorities, so there is no need for applicants to send in paper hard copies.
As part of the application a current criminal record check is required. This must be no more than three months old at the date of submission.
This can be obtained from:
- Disclosure Scotland - 0870 609 6006 or www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
- National Identification Service - 020 7230 2958 or fax 020 7230 2688
You can view our public control fees (pdf, 155kb) here.
All applications received will be forwarded to the Police and the Environment Agency for comments.
Page last updated: 14 May 2018