Do you need a licence to sell scrap metal, how to apply and pay for a scrap metal dealer's registration, what happens if you don't apply and how to report an unregistered scrap metal dealer.
If you are a person who for the time being is carrying on a business as a Scrap Metal Dealer whether or not authorised by a licence, you will require either a Scrap Metal Dealer Site Licence or Scrap Metal Collector Licence within each district your trade in.
The definition of a Scrap Metal Dealer is 'someone carrying on a business which consists wholly or in part of buying or selling scrap metal whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which it is bought'.
If you trade in scrap metal or motor salvage from fixed location within the East Riding of Yorkshire district you need to apply for Scrap Metal Dealer Site Licence.
This is a person that carries on a business as a scrap metal dealer otherwise than at a site, and regularly engages in the course of that business in collecting waste materials and old broken/worn out or defaced articles by means of door-to-door visits.
Scrap metal is defined as:
'any old waste or discarded metal or metallic material and any product article or assembly which is made from or contains metal and is broken/worn out or regarded by its last holder as having reached the end of its useful life'.
The only exemption to this is gold and silver, or any alloy which is 2% or more by weight attributable gold or silver.
You may need to be registered with The Environment Agency. For information regarding a waste carriers licence please call:
Tel: (01482) 651446
Alternatively, you can visit the Environment Agency website:
GOV.UK - Register or renew as a waste carrier, broker or dealer (external website)
Applications for a scrap metal dealer licence can only be accepted from persons over 18 years of age.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council have a scrap metal policy, where it details our approach to licensing scrap metal dealers and full requirements of the licensing authority.
Scrap Metal Policy (word 186kb opens in new window)
If you do not already hold a scrap metal dealer licence within the East Riding, you will need to apply using the below application form:
Apply online for a scrap metal licence.
Along with this application you must submit all supporting documentation as listed below, but applications without all supporting documents will not be accepted.
A Scrap Metal Dealer licence will last for 3 years once granted.
Please note: if you are applying for a collector licence, you must book an appointment with the Licensing Team to verify your identity documents.
Contact us by email at
The identity document must be either a valid passport or a DVLA photocard.
A tacit consent does not apply to this application.
There are relevant offences under The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, to which the Licensing Authority can consider to determine your suitability to hold a licence, these are listed below:
Relevant Offences (pdf 28kb opens in new window)
Licensing Authorities may also take into consideration other aspects as outlined in the below statutory guidance:
Scrap Metal Dealer licensing - Guidance for Licensing Authorities (pdf 173kb opens in new window)
You can pay by the following means:
The Local Authority can consider any information it deems relevant to asses the applicant's suitability to be issued a scrap metal dealer licence.
This may include:
All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
You can apply to change a detail on your licence for example the registered address of the licence holder, change of name or apply for a replacement licence. The fee for minor changes is £25. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
You can also apply to vary your scrap metal dealer site licence to a scrap metal mobile collector's licence.
The fee for this £200.
All requests for a change to your scrap metal dealer licence must be put in writing to email@example.com.
The following offences can be committed under The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
Max Fine Penalty
Carrying on the business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence
Failure to notify the authority of any changes to details given with the application
Failure to display site licence or collector’s licence
Receiving scrap metal without verifying persons full name and address
Delivering scrap metal to dealer and giving false details
Buying scrap metal for cash
Failure to keep records regarding receipt of metal
Failure to keep records regarding disposal of metal
Failure to keep records which allow the information and the scrap metal to be identified by reference to one another
Failure to keep copy document used to verify name and address of person bringing scrap metal, or failure to keep a copy of the cheque issued
Failure to keep information and records for three years
Obstruction to right of entry and failure to produce records
If you trade in scrap metal without a valid licence in place you will be committing an criminal offence which on summary of conviction holds a maximum fine of level 5 on the standard scale (£5,000).
A list of all licensed scrap metal dealer can be viewed on our public register.
You can also check the licence of a scrap metal dealer on The Environmental Agency public register.
You can check if a dealer is licensed by checking the Scrap Metal Dealers public register.
To report an unlicensed scrap metal dealer you can contact us online.
Alternatively, send us an email: