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​​​Scrap Metal Dealers

Licence summary
Any person who carries on a business of buying or selling scrap metal or carries on business as a motor salvage operator is required to apply for a scrap metal dealer licence. All licences are issued for a period of 3 years.

​Regulation Summary

Application Evaluation Process
A dealer can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area. They have to decide whether they are going to have a site licence or a mobile collectors licence in any one area. They cannot hold both a site and collectors licence from the same council (please refer to the attached guidance for further details).

Applications should be submitted to the Council and must be accompanied by the relevant fee and a Basic Disclosure certificate for;
a) the applicant(s) or, in the case of a company, any director, secretary, partner or shadow secretary of that company; and
b) all Site Managers (Site Licences only).

Such certificates shall be issued no earlier than one calendar month prior to submitting an application.

For more information or to apply for a Basic Disclosure, visit the Disclosure Scotland website or contact them on 0870 609 6996. You can also download further guidance below:

  • Site Licence (Grant) - £350 (if more than one site is specified, +£195 per site).
  • Site Licence (Renewal) - £270 (if more than one site is specified, +£195 per site)
  • Collector Licence (Grant & Renewal) - £150
  • Variation of a Licence - £50*
  • Variation to change personal details - £15

*Any variation that adds one or more sites to a licence (including a variation from a collector to a site licence) will incur an additional cost of £65 per site for each year remaining on the licence. A variation to change a site, without adding additional sites, will incur a one-off cost of £65 for each site changed.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us within 28 days.

How to Apply
We aim to acknowledge your application within three working days. If you have applied online we will acknowledge your application via email.  You have the option of applying online or by downloading an application form. 

Online Application
Application for a scrap metal licence Application to change a scrap metal licence

Download an Application Form
If you would prefer to download an application form, please download the document below and return it to us using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Failed Application Redress and Licence Holder Redress
Please contact us in the first instance using the contact details below.

Consumer Complaint
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Trade Associations

Licensing registers are available to view, by prior arrangement, at the Council Offices. For further information, please visit the Licensing Public Regsiter page.

Contact Details
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Neighbourhoods and Customer Services
Licensing & Parking​
Redcar & Cleveland House
Kirkleatham Street
TS10 1RT Tel: 01642 774774


Redcar & Cleveland House,
Kirkleatham Street, Redcar,
Yorkshire TS10 1RT

you could call our Customer Services Team on 01642 774774 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

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