Scrap Metal Dealers

Scrap Metal Dealers Registration

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Scrap Metal Dealers Registration 

To be a scrap metal dealer, you need to register with your local authority. A scrap metal dealer shall be classed as carrying on a business in the local authority area if any of the following apply:

  • the dealer occupies a place as a scrap metal store in the area
  • the dealer does not occupy a place as a scrap metal store but has a usual place of residence in the area
  • the dealer does not occupy a place as a scrap metal store but occupies a place for business purposes

Regulation Summary
A summary of the regulation relating to this licence.

Application Evaluation Process 
Applicants must provide the following:

  • their full name
  • the address of the dealer, or in the case of a company, their registered or principal office
  • the address of each place occupied as a scrap metal store, if any
  • if the business is carried on without a scrap metal store
  • if the business is carried on without a scrap metal store but the applicant occupies a place for the purposes of business, and the address of such a place

The registered dealer must notify the local authority of any changes to these details or if they cease to be a scrap metal dealer.

Will tacit consent apply?
It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the authority within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Apply online 
Application for a Scrap Metal Licence

Tell us about a change to your existing registration as a scrap metal dealer

Failed Application Redress 
Please contact us or your relevant local authority in the first instance.

Licence Holder Redress
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Consumer Complaint
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Other Redress
e.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade Associations 

British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA)

International Aluminium Institute

International Lead Association

Metal Bulletin