The registration of a scrap metal business is under the control of the local authority. They provide the licence that allows individuals to start their scrap metal firm. Each council may have slightly different rules but all must comply with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964. Locate your council here.
Once you have gotten to your Local Councils web site, search for the scrcap metal licence section. Most allow you to fill out and send the application online. However, some may ask you to send it by mail.
General Details for application
When requesting a licence, the local authority will need the following information from you:
- Full legal name
- Complete address for home or office
- Location for scrap metal storage
- Details about business operations and locations
The scrap metal licence is valid for three years. Dealers need to renew the licence before it expires and will be issued another one for three more years.
As part of the licence agreement, the local authority will request that records be kept of all scrap that is moving through the dealer. A separate log is kept of received scrap and processed scrap.