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Scrap metal dealer licence

Anyone buying or selling scrap metal must be licensed by their local authority.


You will also need to obtain a basic disclosure criminal conviction certificate for each person listed on the application form. 

You should also consider whether you need to register with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Scrap metal dealers are now obliged to check and keep copies of a customer's proof of identity. 

You will also need to submit evidence of any waste carrier permits issued by the Environment Agency.

You can apply online via the GOV.UK website.

Apply online

Alternatively, you can download and complete the application form from ‘Useful documents’ below and email it to and we can take payment over the phone.

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