Do I need a scrap metal dealer licence?
Scrap metal policy (2024-2029)
Our draft policy is currently under consultation:
The consultation period for the policy runs from Monday 18 December 2023 to Monday 5 February 2024.
Scrap metal dealer licences
The collection and storing of scrap metal is regulated under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
You must have a licence if you are:
- a scrap metal dealer
- a mobile collector of scrap metal
- a motor salvage operator
- a business where buying or selling scrap metal is an integral part of your operation
There are two types of scrap metal licence:
- A site licence
- A collector's licence
Scrap metal dealer licences need to be renewed every three years.
You must not receive scrap metal from a person, without verifying their name and address.
You must not buy scrap metal for cash.
You must keep a record of all scrap metal you receive, including:
- a description of the metal(s) (including type, form, condition, weight, identification marks or other distinguishing features)
- the date and time you received it
- the number plate of the vehicle it was delivered in or on
- the name and address of the person you received it from
- the name of the person who makes payment on behalf of the dealer
You also need to keep a record of the scrap metal you dispose of.
You must keep your records for three years and present them to us, if requested.
You could be fined £5,000 if you don't hold the correct licence.