Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 Guidance

Scrap metal dealers supplementary guidance

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force in October 2013. The new legislation will require that any persons collecting, buying or selling scrap will require a Scrap Metal Dealer Licence that will be issued by this council. There will be a charge for this licence.

There will be two types of licence:

  • A site licence £369
  • A collector’s licence £205

An application needs to be made for your licence and a fee will be payable to the Borough Council. You will also need to submit a basic criminal record disclosure form no older than a month old as part of the application process. Any persons who carry out business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence may be liable on conviction to maximum fine of £5,000.

Your site licence will allow you to operate a site and collect any scrap relevant to that site.

Your collector’s licence will allow you to collect scrap only within the authority area that it was issued. You will need to apply for collector’s licences from separate authorities should you wish to operate in more than one District.

Please note these do not replace the Waste Carrier’s Licence. To collect scrap in East Staffordshire you will be required to hold a licence issued by the relevant Council and a Waste Carriers Licence that is issued by the Environment Agency.

New applicants will be unable to work until their licence is granted.

How to apply

There are two ways you can apply, by using our application form:

Or you can visit the UK Government website.