Apply for a scrap metal dealer licence

If your business is to collect, buy or sell scrap metal in the Borough, you will require a licence.

There are two types of licence:

  1. A site licence allows the licence holder to buy and sell scrap from a fixed location in the Borough. This includes motor salvage operators. See the site licence guidance notes (PDF)
  2. A collector’s licence authorises the licence holder to operate as a mobile collector. This is for anyone who travels to collect scrap metal from commercial or domestic premises. Mobile collectors are required to be licensed with every local authority in whose area they operate. See the collector's licence guidance notes (PDF).

How to apply

You can a download and complete the following form:

All applicants are required to disclose relevant convictions and enforcement action on their application form. Applicants must also provide a basic disclosure document, available through Disclosure Scotland (the issuing body for these certificates).

The application fees are:

  • £578 if applying for one or more site licences in this Borough 
  • £322 if applying for a collector's licence for use in this Borough

Each licence last for 3 years.

How to pay

Pay for a scrap metal dealer licence online

Waste carrier registration

Individuals applying for a collector's licence are expected to be a registered waste carrier. You can register as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency.

Further information

The licensing team cannot give more detailed advice about the completion of forms. You may wish to obtain independent legal advice before submitting your application.

For further information, visit: GOV.UK - Scrap metal dealer licence

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