Scrap Metal

Do you buy, sell or collect Scrap Metal, or operate as a Motor Salvage Operator? If so you require a Site or a Collector's licence under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 requires that any persons collecting, buying or selling scrap, or operating as a Motor Salvage Operator will require a Scrap Metal Dealers Licence that will be issued by Local Authorities. There is a charge for this licence.

There are two types of licence:

  • A Site Licence
  • A Collector's Licence

An application needs to be made for your Licence with a fee payable to the District Council. We charge £430 for a three year Site Licence and £180 for a three year Collector's Licence.

For further information on our Scrap Metal Licensing fees, please see our Fees Policy.

As part of the application process, you will also need to submit a Basic Disclosure Certificate (DBS Check) that is no older than a month old. This costs approximately £25 and you can apply online here.

Any person who carries 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 licences do not replace the Waste Carrier's Licence. To collect scrap in the East Lindsey area you will be required to hold a Licence issued by the us and a Waste Carrier's Licence that is issued by the Environment Agency.

A Public Register of all Scrap Metal Dealers operating in the UK is held by the Environment Agency.

If you would like to be sent the relevant application forms please contact the office on 01507 613552 or email

If you stop trading, please inform us within 28 days so that we can update our records.