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Scrap Metal Dealers Licence

In order for anyone to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer they have to have a licence. These licences will last for three years. Trading without a licence is a criminal offence.

There are two types of licence specified in the Act:

  • Site licence - All the sites where a licensee carries on business as a scrap metal dealer have to be identified, and a site manager has to be named for each site. This licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from those sites from any local authority area
  • Collector’s licence - This allows the licensee to operate as a collector in the area of the issuing local authority. It does not allow the collector to operate in any other local authority area, so a separate licence has to be obtained from each council the collector wishes to operate in. The licence does not authorise the licensee to operate a site; to do so they will need a site licence from the relevant local authority. 

It should be noted that a dealer can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area. They have to decide whether they are going to have a site or a mobile licence in any one area.


Regulation Summary

Copies of relevant legislation can be found on the website.


Application Process

See our Licensing Fees and Charges webpage for a full list of application fees.

Applications are subject to a 28 day consultation period. The application form available below gives further guidance on the information that you are required to provide.

You and every person listed on the application form needs to submit a Basic Disclosure Certificate from Disclosure Scotland. You can apply online for a "Basic Disclosure" with Disclosure Scotland and there is a fee payable to them. The basic disclosure shall be issued no earlier than one calendar month before the giving of the application to the relevant licensing authority for it to be considered as valid.

To ensure that the premises meets the requirements of the Act Cleveland Police and ourselves may inspect the premises.

The licensed scrap metal dealer must notify us of any changes to these details or if they cease to be a scrap metal dealer.

It is our aim to complete the application process within 30 working days. (If no representations are made regarding the application).

If your application is successful your licence will run for three years from the date it is granted. You will need to apply to renew your licence before your current licence expires.


How To Apply

To apply for a Scrap Metal Dealers licence please complete the appropriate form below. 

Application Form Apply online
Application For The Grant/Renewal Of A Scrap Metal Dealers Licence View

Contact us about a scrap metal dealers licence


Guidance Notes

To view guidance documents please select the appropriate link below:

Scrap Metal Dealers Licensing Policy 2013

Guidance for Scrap Metal Dealers

Scrap Metal Collector's Records


Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Tacit consent means that if we have not dealt with applications within the target period then the application can be deemed to have been granted/approved.

Please note that tacit consent does not apply in respect of this application. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or contact us.


Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance on [email protected] or 01642 526558.


Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you, preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, visit our Consumer pages or for advice. From outside of the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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