Scrap metal licences

Apply for a site licence

If you wish to run a scrap metal dealership on a fixed site, you will need a licence and you will need to have a site manager named for each site. 

The licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from the licensed site from any local authority area.

Licences last for three years and must be renewed - trading without a licence is a criminal offence.


Site licence £580
Site licence variation £145
Additional site licence £400
Site licence name change £30
Change of site manager £120


Tax check

From 4 April 2022 applicants will need to confirm they have completed a tax check and the 9 character Tax check code must be provided as part of the application process for renewal applications or new applications that have held a similar licence within the last 12 months. Complete a tax check for a taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence.

  • HMRC has powers to obtain information from Licensing Authorities using ‘Schedule 23 to Finance Act 2011 (Data Gathering Powers) and Schedule 36 to Finance Act 2008 (Information and Inspection Powers), grants HMRC powers to obtain relevant information from third parties. This includes licensing bodies being required to provide information about licence applicants.’ 

  • More guidance about tax registration obligations can be found from :

Apply for a scrap metal site licence

Make payment

Please make payment using our online form and email your completed application form and documents to