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Scrap Metal Dealers

Scrap metal

You must have a licence to carry out business as a scrap metal dealer (including motor salvage operators).

There are two types of licence specified in the Act:

Site licence

All the sites where a licensee carries on business as a scrap metal dealer have to be identified and a have a site manager. This licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from those sites from any local authority area.

Collector’s licence

This allows the licensee to operate as a collector in the Dover district. It does not allow the collector to operate in any other local authority area, so a separate licence has to be obtained from each council the collector wishes to operate in. The licence does not authorise the licensee to operate a site - to do so they will need a site licence from the relevant local authority.

You can only hold one type of licence

You can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area, so you can only apply for site licence or a mobile collector’s licence from the same council.


Licences last for three years.

Scrap metal dealer fees
Site Licence Grant £172 £154 £50
Collectors Licence Grant £171 £159 £50



Trading without a licence is a criminal offence

The maximum penalty on conviction at Court for operating without the correct licence is an unlimited fine.

We may revoke a licence at any time and close unlicensed sites.


Contact the Licensing Section


Telephone: 01304 872295

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