Scrap metal dealers licence

**From April 2022 if applying for a new or renewal of a Scrap metal dealers licence you will be required to complete a tax check. If this is not done we will not be able to grant the licence if a renewal:

Click here for further information on tax checks

Click here for  information on how to set up a tax account

Click here for a fact sheet and further and other resources

Click here to see the latest guidance

Click here to Apply online 

Applications can be scanned or photographed (you need to ensure that they are readable). If you need advice or have a query about an application or licence please click here to email the licensing team.

Please do not visit the Civic Centre unannounced, as we cannot guarantee that there will be anybody available to see you. Instead please contact the Licensing section in the first instance by email or telephone.

If you have haven’t already updated the Licensing Team with an email address consider doing so now.

The Licensing Team will do all that they can to help you and your business through the next few months and recommend that you email us if you have any concerns at all. However, the onus is on you to ensure that any licence you have remains active and valid, following this advice.

In order to operate a scrap metal business you must be licensed by the council.

There are two types of licence:

Site Licence - which will allow a dealer to operate from the sites named on the licence. A site manager will be required to be named for each site. The licensee will then be permitted to operate from that site as a scrap metal dealer including transporting to and from those sites from any local authority area.

Collector's Licence - this allows you to operate as a mobile collector within the Selby District Council area. This includes commercial as well as domestic scrap metal. If you work within more than one local authority area, you will need a licence from each authority you work in.

Each licence lasts for up to three years.

The fees for 2020/21 are:

  • New or renewal site licence - £348.20
  • New or renewal collectors licence - £185.60
  • Variation to amend site details etc - £116.10
  • Change of the name or address on the licence - £30.20

Check list for applications:

Once you have completed your application form you should submit it to the Licensing Team at the Civic Centre or via email to the fee can be paid by cheque, made payable to Selby District Council or by calling 01757 705101.  

We need to verify the identity of the licence holder, so you will be asked to provide proof of identification.

If you are applying for a collector's licence we can provide you with photographic ID that you can then show when collecting scrap metal to prove that you are legitimately licensed. if you would like one of these then please also supply a passport port sized photograph with your application. In any case you will be provided with a licence you can display in accordance with the law.

You will be asked to provide a copy of your motor insurance for any vehicle you will be using to collect scrap metal.  Officers will check if this insurance covers your business as a scrap metal dealer.  You may be requested to provide any Environmental Waste permits you hold.

In summary, you will need to provide the following for an application:

  • Application form
  • Fee
  • DBS Basic Disclosure for each person listed in the form, including the site mangers, directors, shadow directors
  • 2 forms of ID  for the applicant, including one photographic ID such as a passport or driving licence and something showing your address like a utility bill or bank statement
  • A passport sized photograph (for a collector's licence)
  • Your motor insurance
  • Your Waste Collectors Permit or similar, from the Environmental Agency.

Eligibility Criteria

The council can only issue a licence to someone they consider suitable. Relevant offences and enforcement action can be taken into consideration, as well as any other information.

  • The law that governs the licensing of scrap metal dealers is the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
  • As part of the application process, the applicant must provide a DBS basic disclosure. The council will also consult with agencies such as North Yorkshire Police, British Transport Police, the Environment Agency and other departments within the council. All information will be considered when deciding whether to issue the licence.
  • If the council is minded to refuse a licence application, the applicant will be given the opportunity to make written or personal representations.

Should you wish to apply electronically, you can download the form from this page which you can complete and post or email to us.

Trade Associations connected to the collection of scrap metal include:

  • British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA)
  • International Aluminum Institute
  • International Lead Association
  • Metal Bulletin

Click here for the application form for both site and collectors licence

Click here to pay for your licence

Scrap Metal Dealers Policy

Selby District Council, as a local authority, is responsible for the licensing of scrap metal dealer site licences and scrap metal dealer collectors licences. This policy outlines the requirements of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (the Act). It gives guidance to new applicants, existing licence holders and members of the public.

Selby District Council - Scrap Metal Dealers policy - 2015

Other licences, permits and permissions

If you carry or transport waste as part of your business with a view to making a profit you may also need a Waste Carrier Licence issued by the Environment Agency. If you store or process metal at your site you may need an environmental permit. For further advice please call the Environment Agency on 08708 506506.

Record of dealings

Every scrap metal dealer, including both site and mobile collector, must keep accurate records of the metal they receive and dispose of.


Scrap metal includes:

  • any old waste or discarded metal or metallic materials, 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.

A scrap metal dealer is a person who is for the time being, carrying on business as a scrap metal dealer, whether or not authorised by a licence.

A person carries on business as a scrap metal dealer if the person:

  • carries on a business which consists wholly or partly in buying or selling scrap metal, whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which it was bought, or
  • carries on business as a motor salvage operator

A mobile collector means a person who:

  • carries on 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 visits from door to door.

A site means any premises used in the course of carrying on business as a scrap metal dealer (whether or not metal is kept there).

A site manager means the individual who exercises day to day control and management of activities at the site.

Additional information

Scrap Metal Dealers Act

Determining suitability to hold a scrap metal dealer's licence

Scrap Metal Dealer's Act 2013 supplementary guidance

Scrap Metal Dealer's Act 2013 prescribed documents and information for verification of name and address

Guidance on the offence for buying scrap metal for cash

Tacit Consent 

Tacit consent does not apply to Scrap Metal Dealer Registration.

It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes Service or use the contact details below.