If you buy or sell scrap metal, you will need to apply to us for a site licence or mobile collector's licence.
Licences are issued for three years.
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Any business or person that buys or sells scrap metal must have a scrap metal dealer licence under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
A scrap metal dealer includes all those who:
Motor salvage operators also qualify as scrap metal dealers.
Even if the material is provided free of charge, a licence is required in order to sell it on. A person who carries on business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence is committing a criminal offence.
It is an offence to pay cash for any scrap metal bought or sold.
For further information, refer to our Scrap Metal Dealers Guidance Notes below.
Scrap metal is any of the following:
The following is not considered to be scrap metal:
There are two types of licence. You can only hold one type of licence in any one council area. This means you cannot hold both a site licence and mobile collector's licence with us.
This allows you to carry on business at a site in our area. More than one site can be included in the licence. It also allows you to transport scrap metal to and from the site from any place.
You will need for a site to operate this type of business.
This allows you to travel only within our area in a vehicle to collect scrap metal. You will need to obtain a licence from each council you wish to collect in.
For further information, download the Scrap Metal Dealers Guidance Notes below.
With your application, you need to supply a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Once you have received your basic DBS check, you can apply for a scrap metal dealer licence using the online form below.
Once received, we will process your application and issue your licence. The application can be subject to a 28 day consultation period with other agencies such as the police, planning agencies and the Environment Agency.
You can apply for a basic DBS check using the GOV.UK online form below.
You'll need a basic DBS check for:
The basic DBS check should be no more than three months old when you apply for a scrap metal dealer licence.
If you have convictions, this will not automatically prevent you from holding a licence. If the offence was unrelated to being a scrap metal dealer or a long time ago, a licence can still be issued.
A list of scrap metal dealer licence fees can be found below.
In addition to a scrap metal dealer licence, you may need to hold other environmental permits or licences.
If you carry waste as part of your business, it is a legal requirement to register as a waste carrier. This includes transporting waste:
Visit the GOV.UK website for information or to register as a waste carrier, broker or dealer.
Renewing your licence is the same as applying for a new licence, including the form and fee.
You can renew up to three months in advance of your licence expiry. You need to renew before your licence expires.
We will send you a renewal pack before your licence expires. Alternatively, you can use the Scrap Metal Dealer Licence Application Form above.
We maintain public registers of scrap metal dealer licences.
View a register of our scrap metal dealer licences, including both site and mobile collectors, using the link below.
You can contact us if you have any questions about scrap metal dealer licences.
Phone: 023 8028 5505
New Forest District Council