Scrap Metal Dealers Registration


Scrap Metal Dealers Registration

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 ensures that there is more effective regulation of the scrap metal and motor salvage trades.

Licence summary

Scrap metal dealers and collectors must be registered with the local authority and this should help to support those that are legitimately operating and provide increased powers to tackle unscrupulous traders who are causing an issue within the industry.

There are two licences one is a site licence and the other is a collector's licence. You will need to apply for one or the other in the local authority area where you trade. If you trade within a number of local authority areas you will need to make an application to each local authority in order to continue to trade in that area.

Guidance is available on the local Government Association website that provides more information about the detail of the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act that you may find helpful.

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Please ensure that all sections are fully completed. If the question does not apply please indicate this on the form.

Application Fees

  • New Scrap Metal Site/Collector Licence: £500
  • Renewal of Scrap Metal Site/Collector Licence: £400
  • Variation of Licence: £60

How to apply

We use to issue all of our scrap metal collector and site licences online. You will need to log-on to to apply for your first licence or to renew with Rother District Council.

Please note, incomplete applications will not be processed and will be returned to you.

To complete your application you will also need to provide:

  • A basic DBS check. You can apply for this at: and it currently costs £23.  Please note your certificate must not be more than 3 months old. Your certificate will be returned to you once it has been checked.
  • A passport sized photograph. This can be uploaded during your online application or posted to us with your Basic Disclosure.
  • For collectors -details of the make, model and registration number for the vehicle to be used for collections.

These additional documents should be sent to:

Licensing, Town Hall, London Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN39 3JX

Please mark the envelope Private and Confidential For the attention of the scrap metal licensing officer.

Apply for a Scrap Metal Dealer or Collectors Licence


Varying your scrap metal collector and site licence

Once you have your licence, you can vary your licence during the licence period for a fee of £60. You can vary your scrap metal licence online by using the website.

Vary your Scrap Metal Licence Online 

You are also welcome to contact us at for advice on any aspect of completing the form. Please email us at with your questions and your details will be passed to an officer who will contact you to discuss the form and application process.

Trade associations

You may find these organisations useful:


Tacit consent

Tacit consent does not apply to Scrap Metal Dealer Registration.

Failed application and Licence holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

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 can offer advice on Consumer Protection Rights.

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