Scrap Metal Dealers licence

Licence name
Scrap Metal Dealers licence

Find out if you need a scrap metal licence, how to apply, what conditions you need to meet and how to appeal a decision.

Do I need a licence?

There are 2 types of scrap metal licences - a Site Licence and a Collector's Licence. These licences don't replace a Waste Carrier’s Licence, Waste Management Licence or any other relevant permit or approval required by law.

Site Licence: if you own a site which buys or sells scrap metal in Rochdale borough, you'll need a Scrap Metal Dealer's Site Licence. A Site Licence covers you to collect scrap metal anywhere within England or Wales as long as the collection is by arrangement only and not door-to-door collections.

Collector's Licence: if you collect and carry scrap metal in Rochdale borough, you'll need a Scrap Metal Collector's Licence. If you collect or carry scrap metal outside of Rochdale borough, you'll also need a Collector's Licence from the other local authority areas you work in.

How to apply

You can complete a scrap metal licence application form to:

  • Apply for a new Site Licence or Collector's Licence
  • Renew an existing Site Licence or Collector's Licence
  • Make a change to an existing scrap metal licence
  • Apply for a certified copy of an existing scrap metal licence

Download the Scrap metal licence application form

You can return your completed form to us by email, by post or in person by bringing it to the licensing counter at Number One Riverside.

How much it will cost
Scrap metal licence Fee
Site Licence - new grant or renewal £790
Site Licence for multiple sites £760 + £620 for each additional site
Collector's Licence - new grant or renewal £327
Change a Collector's Licence to a Site Licence £790
Change a Site Licence to a Collector's Licence £327
Change licencee's details £18
Change licensed sites £23
Change site manager £60
Certified copy of a licence £23
Conditions to meet

Once you've been granted a licence, you must:

  • Not receive scrap metal from a person without verifying their name and address.
  • Not buy scrap metal for cash.
  • Only receive scrap metal between 9am and 5pm on any day. All scrap metal must also be kept in the form it was received for at least 72 hours from the time you received it.
  • Keep a record of all scrap metal you receive or dispose of including:
    • A description that includes type, form, condition, weight, any marks identifying previous owners or distinguishing features.
    • The date and time.
    • The registration mark of the vehicle it was delivered in or on.
    • The full name and address of the person received from or the person who disposed them.
    • The full name of the person who makes the payment acting for the dealer.
    • If payment is made (by sale or exchange), the price of other consideration received (site licence holders only).
  • Keep your records for 3 years and allow the council or police to inspect your premises and records if asked.
  • You will also need to submit a Basic Criminal Record Disclosure vetting form to be no older than 3 months from its date of issue, as part of the application process. This is to be obtained from Disclosure Scotland
  • Display your licence. A Site Licence must be displayed in a prominent place, accessible to the public, at each site identified in the licence. A Collector's Licence must be displayed on any vehicle that is being used for business purposes so it can be easily read by a person outside the vehicle.
  • Tell us within 28 days if you change your trading name or no longer carry on business as a scrap metal dealer.
Does tacit consent apply?

No. We must process your application before it can be granted.

Validity and renewals

All scrap metal licences last for 3 years.

You must reapply after this time if you want to continue your scrap metal activities.

Appeals, complaints and redress

If you wish to appeal a licence decision, please contact us in the first instance.

Fines and penalties

You could be fined up to £5,000 if you:

  • Don't hold a licence but carry out scrap metal collections or run a scrap metal site.
  • Don't follow the conditions of the licence.
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