Anyone wishing to carry on a business as a scrap metal dealer requires a licence. A person carries on a business as a scrap metal dealer if they:
- operate a business which consists wholly or partly in buying or selling scrap metal, whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which it was bought, or
- operate a business as a motor salvage operator
Scrap metal includes:
- any old waste or discarded metal or metallic material
- any product, article or assembly which is made from or contains metal and is broken, worn out or regarded by its last holder as having reached the end of its useful life
Types of licence
There are two types of licence.
This is where the scrap metal business is operated from one or more sites in the local authority area. The licence allows the licensee to buy and sell scrap metal and to transport scrap metal to and from those sites from any local authority area.
This is where the scrap metal operator collects scrap metal in the local authority area. A separate licence must be obtained from each council area the collector wishes to operate in.
A scrap metal dealer is only permitted to hold one type of licence in any one local authority area.
Grant or Renewal
|Site Licence (one site)||£348.00|
|Site Licence (multiple sites)||£348.00 plus £118.00 per additional site|
Variation of licence
|Collector’s Licence to a Site Licence||£180.00|
|Site Licence to a Collectors Licence||£62.00|
|Copy of Licence||£10.50|
- apply for a new or renewal Scrap Metal Dealers Licence
- apply to vary Scrap Metal Dealers Licence
- apply to add a Site
- apply to change Site Manager
- apply to change Licensee's details
Return the application form and relevant documentation to:
Wallasey Town Hall
If applying for a Site Licence you are required to submit the following with the application:
- each person listed on the application must submit a Basic Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (no greater than one month old)
If applying for a Collector’s Licence you are required to submit the following with the application:
- a Basic Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (no greater than one month old)
- one passport sized photo (45mm x 35mm), which must be:
- taken against a light background
- full face uncovered, without sunglasses and without a head covering, unless the applicant wears a head covering due to their religious beliefs
- on photographic paper
- countersigned on the back of the photo by a professional person with the following statement: ‘I certify that this is a true likeness of [full name of person applying for licence].’ The countersignatory must add their signature and the date under this statement.
Processing and timescales
If you have no relevant convictions the application will be granted.
If you have a relevant conviction the Licensing Authority will propose to refuse your application. You will receive notice of the proposed decision. You will have 14 days to make representations in relation to the decision. When the Licensing Authority has made a final decision, you will receive a notice of the decision.
Legislation and Guidance
If an application is refused you may appeal the decision to Wirral Magistrates Court within 21 days of the decision to refuse.