Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (the Act) was passed on 28th February 2013 and came into force on the 1st October 2013. 

The Act repeals the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and consolidates scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators under one licensing regime. Local authorities will continue to act as the main regulator but the new Act gives licensing authorities more powers, including the power to refuse a licence and powers to revoke licences if the dealer is considered unsuitable. Both the local authority and the police have been given powers to enter and inspect premises.

Application form 

There are two types of licence specified in the Scrap Metal Dealers Act - a site licence and a collector's licence.

Both types of licence are covered by the same application form (PDF, 279KB).

Site licence

All sites where a licensee carries on business as a scrap metal dealer have to be identified and a site manager has to be named for each site. This licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from those sites from any local authority area.

Mobile collector's licence

This allows the licensee to operate as a collector in the area of the issuing local authority. It does not allow the collector to operate in any other local authority area, so a separate licence has to be obtained from each council the collector wishes to operate in. The licence does not authorise the licensee to operate a site; to do so they will need a site licence from the relevant local authority.

Duration of licence

A licence, if granted, will be issued for a period of three years from the date of issue.


The fee is set by the local authority, and this must be included with any application.

Type of licence Cost
Grant site licence (every 3 years) £722
Additional site licence £605
Renewal site licence £612
Variation site licence £51
Grant collectors licence (every 3 years) £605
Renewal collectors licence £572
Variation collectors licence £255
Replacement or copy of licence (both) £39
Change of licence details (Trading name, address etc) £10
Change of site manager £56
Change of site £145

You can apply for your licence either in person at Riverside House in Leamington (by appointment with one of our Licensing Officers) or by post - see contact details below. Postal applications must be accompanied by proof of online payment.

Make a payment (Go to Other Payments and select Scrap Metal from the list options).

Contact details

Telephone: (01926) 456705
Address: Regulatory Services, Health and Community Protection, Warwick District Council, Riverside House, Milverton Hill, Leamington Spa, CV32 5HZ

Further information 

Further information about the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 can be found in the Home Office supplementary guidance (PDF, 262KB). You can also download further information about the council policy on determining the suitability of applicants (PDF).