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Scrap Metal Dealer 2013

Last Modified October 08, 2020

New scrap metal dealer legislation - 2013

Do you buy, sell or collect scrap metal?

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force in October 2013. The new legislation requires that any persons collecting, buying or selling scrap metal in Hertsmere will require a Scrap Metal Dealer Licence issued by us.

There are two types of licence:

  • A site licence - this is required where a business is carried on as a scrap metal dealer at a premises. A site manager is required to be named for each site. The licensee will be permitted to operate from that site as a scrap metal dealer including transporting to and from those sites from any local authority area. The cost of this licence is £350 for three years.


  • A 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 as appropriate. This includes commercial as well as domestic scrap metal. If a mobile collector operates in more than one local authority area, a licence will be required for each authority that they operate in.  The cost of this licence is £260 for three years.


You are required to submit an application along with the fee.  You and every person who will be listed on the application form are required to submit a ‘Basic Disclosure Certificate’ from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). You can apply for this certificate at Disclosure and Barring Service  or if you need phone or face-to-face support to apply online, call the DBS helpline on 03000 200 190 or email customerservices@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Also, everyone who is listed on the application form is required to submit two photographs (passport sized). One of these photographs must be endorsed on the back by a solicitor or notary, a person of standing in the community or any individual with a professional qualification. This person must complete a Verification of Signature document.

Anyone who carries out business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence may be liable on conviction to maximum fine of £5,000.

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

 For new scrap metal dealers

You will need to submit a completed application form,  the appropriate fee and the other necessary documentation detailed above but you cannot start trading until you receive your licence.

If you would like to be sent the relevant application forms and information that will be required to apply for a licence, please contact licensing.services@hertsmere.gov.uk or call 020 8207 7435 to register your details and the information will be sent to you.


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