Scrap metal dealers

You must hold either a site or mobile collector’s licence, issued by us, if you are a scrap metal dealer or motor salvage operator. To apply for a licence and for information on the restrictions that apply visit www.gov.uk.

Fees apply – see table of fees below.

Scrap Metal Dealers Act Fees  
Site licence new and renewal £441.00
Site licence variation to collector licence £190.00
Collector licence new and renewal £315.00
Collector licence variation to site licence £190.00
Change of name of licencee of site licence £62.50
Change of identity of sites in the authority's area contained in the licence £126.00
Change of site manager at each site £126.00
Change of collector's name £62.50
Copy of licence £32.25


You will also need to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service check.


We can refuse or revoke a licence if we consider a dealer is unsuitable. We can also specify additional conditions where an applicant or site manager has been convicted of a relevant offence. The Council and police have powers of entry, inspection of premises and certain record and can issue closure notices for unlicensed premises.

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From April 2022, you will need to complete a tax check when you renew your licence as a:

  • Scrap metal dealer mobile collector
  • Scrap metal dealer site

The check should take a few minutes every few years and is to confirm that someone is appropriately registered for tax.

Please refer to the Tax Check Factsheet so you understand what is required, as this will apply to all renewals and new applicants. 

If you have any further questions, please find more information at Changes for taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence applications from April 2022 or contact the Licensing Team.