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:

  1. Site licence - allows you to buy and sell scrap metal from a fixed authorised site
  2. Collector’s licence - allows you to collect scrap metal from door to door collections
It's an offence to operate as a scrap metal dealer without the relevant licence

Legislation summary

You can read the Scrap Metal Dealer's Act 2013 here.

Applying for a licence

You can apply for either a new site or new mobile collector's licence online. We advise you to read the guidance notes (pdf, 48kb) before applying.

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:


You can view our public control fees (pdf, 203kb) here.

Application process

All applications received will be forwarded to the Police and the Environment Agency for comments.

If you're experiencing issues applying for a licence or if you have any questions, contact us on

Page last updated: 14 May 2018