Do you buy, sell or collect scrap metal?

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 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.


  • 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.  

About the application

You are required to submit an application along with the fee.  

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

Every person listed on the application form is 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

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.

Scrap Metal Licensing Application Fees


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