Please read our information about running a scrap metal dealing business before you apply.

How to apply

You can apply for a collector's licence online if you want to carry out business as a mobile collector.

You'll need to tell us:

  • your details
  • details of any relevant environmental permit or registration
  • where scrap metal will be stored before disposal
  • details of all vehicles to be used under the collector's licence including registration numbers, make, body style, colour and model
  • if your business involves motor salvage
  • details of the bank account that will be used to pay for scrap metal
  • details of any conviction for a relevant offence or any relevant enforcement action

You'll need to send us a Basic Disclosure Certificate from  This must not be more than three months old. 


You'll be charged a fee for this.  Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.