Scrap metal dealers

Anyone who collects or buys scrap metal needs a licence.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 requires any persons collecting or buying scrap metal in South Kesteven to have a Scrap Metal Dealer Licence issued by us. 

Please download an application form and guidance below.

Application to apply or renew a Scrap Metal Dealer's Licence

Application guidance

Applicants must satisfy us that they are a legitimate trader and a suitable person to carry on a scrap metal business. Applicants are also required to produce a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check criminal records check  - available online from the Disclosure Barring Service  or call the DBS helpline on 03000 200 190.

From 4 April 2022, the rules are changing with regard to  your tax responsibilities when you apply for a licence for a:

  • scrap metal site

  • scrap metal collector

If you're an individual, company or any type of partnership you must confirm you are aware of your tax responsibilities if you're applying for a licence:

Current fees and charges


Dealer licence
Required where a business operates in scrap metal at a premises. A site manager must 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.

Dealer initial licence - three year licence (part a)


Dealer initial licence - three year licence (part B)


Dealer licence renewal (part a)


Dealer licence renewal (part B)


Collector's licence

This authorises the licensee to operate as a mobile collector in the area of the issuing local authority, permitting them to collect scrap metal. This includes commercial as well as domestic scrap metal. If a mobile collector operates within more than one local authority's district, a licence will be required for each authority.

Collector initial licence Part A

Collector initial licence Part B



Collector licence renewal Part A

Collector licence renewal Part B




Minor Variation


Copy of a licence (Replacement Licence Certificate)


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