Scrap Metal Dealers Licence


In order to run a scrap metal business you must be licensed by the Council.  The two categories of licence are:

  • Site Licence - this may be for multiple sites within the Bath and North East Somerset area; and
  • Collector's Licence - a separate licence will be required from each Council in whose area you wish to collect.



  • £170 - Application fee to be paid at time of application
  • £325 - Annual maintenance fee to be charged prior to issue, then annually for the duration of the licence.


  • £170 - Application fee to be paid at time of application
  • £325 - Annual maintenance fee to be charged prior to issue, then annually for the duration of the licence.


  • £170 - Variation
  • £33 - Change of details

How to make a payment


Unless otherwise stated, licences will be valid for three years. 

Renewal applications must be received by the Licensing team at least one month prior to the expiry date of the existing licence.

Application Form

An online application form is currently being developed.  Please contact us if you wish to apply.

Eligibility Criteria 

The Council can only issue a licence to someone they consider to be suitable.  Relevant offences and enforcement action may be taken into consideraiton, as well as any other information.  We need to ensure that a person or company applying for a licence exitis so you may be required to present your ID.


As part of the application process, the applicant must provide a DBS basic disclosure.  If you do not provide a disclosure certificate issued for named persons issued no more than three months before the date of the application your application may be delayed or rejected.  You can apply for this certificate at   

The Council will also consult with agencies such as the Police, British Transport Police, the Environment Agency and other departments within the Council.  All this information will be considered when deciding whether to grant 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 (by letter or in person).


Payment must be made at the same time as you submit your application.


We will consult other agencies about the applicant’s suitability to be licensed as a scrap metal dealer, as per section 3(7) of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.  Those other agencies will include other local authorities, the Environment Agency, the Natural Resources Body for Wales and the police.


The purpose of sharing this data is to form a full assessment of the applicant’s suitability to be licensed as a scrap metal dealer.  The sharing of information will include any personal data submitted in the application form such as any previous criminal offences.  Details will also be displayed on a national register, as required by the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

Tacit Consent 

Tacit consent does not apply.

Right of Appeal 

Please contact Licensing Services in the first instance.


The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 creates a new criminal offence which prohibits scrap metal dealers from paying for scrap metal in cash, only permitting electronic payment or payment by cheque.  The Act also increases the fines available for key offences under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 so that the most serious offences can result in fines of £5000 and also revises the powers of the Police so that Police Officers can enter by warrant, any place to which admission is reasonably required to ascertain whether the prohibition on cash payments is being complied with.

The offence of buying scrap metal for cash now applies to ALL scrap metal dealers, and the previous exemption for itinerant collectors no longer applies.


The Council's Scrap Metal Dealers Licensing Policy is available for you to download at:

Further information is available on the Cabinet Office's website at:

Please contact Licensing Services for further guidance.

Relevant Legislation

Customer Complaints 

If you have a complaint about a trader, we would advise you first to contact the trader – preferably by letter with proof of delivery.  If that is unsuccessful and you are in the UK, the Citizens Advice Bureau will assist you.  If you are outside of the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

If you believe a scrap metal dealer is operating without a valid licence, please contact Licensing Services. 

Trade Associations

Further Information 

Further information is available on the website at:

A national register of scrap metal dealers can be found on the Enviornment Agency website at:

For details of current Scrap Metal Dealers licensed by B&NES, please visit our:

Additional contact details.

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