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Scrap metal dealer licence

Registration of scrap metal dealing

Anyone who wants to go into business as a scrap metal dealer must have a licence. Licences last for three years. Trading without one is a criminal offence.

There are two types of licence specified in the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013:

Collector's Licence

This allows the licensee to operate as a collector in the area of the issuing local authority. It doesn't allow the collector to operate in any other local authority area, so a separate licence has to be obtained from each council in each area the collector wishes to operate in. The Collector's Licence doesn't authorise the licensee to operate a site; to do so they'll need a Site Licence (see below) from the relevant local authority.

Site Licence

All 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. The Site Licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from these sites from any local authority area.

Please note, a dealer can only hold one type of licence in a local authority area; you must decide whether you're going to have a Site Licence or a (mobile) Collector's Licence in Middlesbrough.

Read more about the relevant legislation.
How to apply

You can apply for registration using the scrap metal license application form.

View the fees for scrap metal dealer registrations.

To tell us about a change to your existing registration, please contact the Licensing team via email to or on 01642 728011.

What happens next?

Applications are subject to a 28 day consultation period.

You won't be able to start your business until your registration is confirmed.

Redress information

In case of dispute or to appeal a decision, please contact the Licensing team via email to or on 01642 728011.

Customer complaint

If you're a customer of a licensed/registered premises and wish to complain about the service or products sold, we would advise you to contact the premises in the first instance to resolve the matter. If the matter can't be resolved, please contact the Licensing team via email to or on 01642 728011.

Trade Associations

British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA)

International Aluminium Institute

International Lead Association

Metal Bulletin