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Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 Guidance

Scrap metal dealers supplementary guidance

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Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force in October 2013. The new legislation will require that any persons collecting, buying or selling scrap will require a Scrap Metal Dealer Licence that will be issued by this council. There will be a charge for this licence.

There will be two types of licence:

  • A site licence £345
  • A collector’s licence £200

An application needs to be made for your licence and a fee will be payable to the Borough Council. You will also need to submit a basic criminal record disclosure form no older than a month old as part of the application process. Any persons who carry out business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence may be liable on conviction to maximum fine of £5,000.

Your site licence will allow you to operate a site and collect any scrap relevant to that site.

Your collector’s licence will allow you to collect scrap only within the authority area that it was issued. You will need to apply for collector’s licences from separate authorities should you wish to operate in more than one District.

Please note these do not replace the Waste Carrier’s Licence. To collect scrap in East Staffordshire you will be required to hold a licence issued by the relevant Council and a Waste Carriers Licence that is issued by the Environment Agency.

New applicants will be unable to work until their licence is granted.


Following the release of the Fees Guidance issued by the Home Office, East Staffordshire Borough Council has agreed to the following licence fees. Please note it is a requirement to produce a Basic Disclosure certificate with your application. This certificate needs to be within a month of your application.

Licence Cost
Site Licence £345
Variation to Site Licence £160
Collectors Licence £200
Variation to Collectors Licence £164
Replacement Site Licence 80p
Replacement Collectors Licence £10

How to apply

There are two ways you can apply, by using our application form:

Or you can visit https://www.gov.uk/scrap-metal-dealer-registration/east-staffordshire/apply

How to pay

There are numerous ways to pay, either by including a cheque for the correct amount with your application, by telephone (01283 508506) or by visiting our Licensing Office in person at the Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton upon Trent, DE14 2EB, between 10am – 12pm.