Scrap metal

​All Scrap Metal Dealer Applications are now dealt with by Licensing under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 legislation (Scrap Metal Dealers were previously registered under the Scrap Metal Dealers Ac​t 1964).

All applications now received for Scrap Metal Dealers Licences will be dealt with as grants and applicants will be unable to trade until a licence has been issued to them.

Under the new Act, there will be 2 types of licence:

​​Site licence

All the sites where a licensee carries on business as a scrap metal dealer have to be identified, and a site manager has to be named for each site.

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 area of the issuing local authority.

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.

It should be noted that a dealer can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area. They have to decide whether they are going to have a site or a mobile licence in any one area.

They cannot hold both a site and mobile collector's licence from the same council.

​​Applying for a licence

Apply online ​

Apply by post or in person

Please complete the application form​. ​Details of the information you need to include with your application are on the form.

Contact us

Licensing Office

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm

01924 302919/302906