Scrap metal dealers

To be a scrap metal dealer or motor salvage operator you need a premises metal dealer's licence from the local authority. This form of Licence does not replace the Environmental Permit or Waste Carrier's Licence Requirements. It does, though, replace from 1st October 2013, the registration processes previously provided for under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001. 

Before you apply 

Please read through the combined application form and guidance notes below carefully before completing the application form.

New tax check code

New rules from HMRC mean that if you make an application for a private hire or hackney carriage drivers licence on or after 4 April 2022 you will need to provide us with a tax check code if you are:

  • renewing a licence
  • applying for the same type of licence you previously held that ceased being valid less than a year ago
  • applying for the same type of licence you already hold with another licensing authority

Further information is available at the Government website Changes for taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence applications from April 2022 - GOV.UK.

Downloadable application forms

Licensing framework 

The relevant licensing framework is set out here

GDPR and Privacy Statements

The full Privacy Statement for Scrap Metal Dealers Licences can be viewed here