By law, all scrap metal dealers must have a licence under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

Licences are granted for three years, but as the licensing authority, we have the power to revoke in certain circumstances.

There are two types of licence specified in the Act:

  • Site licence: lets you buy and sell metal from a fixed location within the council area.
  • Collector’s licence: allows you to travel within the council area to collect scrap metal.

You can search for a licensed scrap metal collector or site via the Environment Agency Public register.

A dealer can only hold one type of licence, so you will have to decide whether you are going to have a site or a collector's licence. We have the right to refuse to grant a licence where we believe you are not a suitable person to operate as a scrap metal dealer.


Complete the application form below:

We will also require that you and every person listed on the application form submits a Basic Disclosure Certificate from Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). If you need telephone or face to face support to apply on line, call the DBS helpline on 03000 200 190 or email them at 

All applicants and named persons will be required to prove their identity using photographic identification and a utility bill.Your identity documents and your Disclosure Certificate will be checked and copied and then immediately returned to you.

It is necessary that your application is submitted in person to the council offices, Southfield Road, Loughborough. Please make an appointment prior to your visit to the council offices or you may not be seen: 01509 634 562.

If you require further information or assistance in applying for a Licence please email or telephone 01509 634562.

Licence fees

Applications cannot be accepted unless the correct fee has been paid. The fees to accompany the relevant application for a licence are as follows:

Site Licence

  • New: £310
  • Renewal: £295
  • Variation: £80

Collector’s Licence

  • New: £250
  • Renewal: £245
  • Variation: £80

You can pay by BACS using the following:

  • Sort code: 40 30 24
  • Account number: 61820559

Cash payments will not be accepted.

Tax check guidance

The rules are changing for applications for scrap metal site licences and scrap metal collector licences. For full details, visit the Tax Check Guidance webpage.

Last updated: Wed 26th July, 2023 @ 14:24