Scrap metal dealer licence

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Licence summary

Any persons collecting, buying or selling scrap, or operating a motor salvage business in North Kesteven will require a scrap metal dealer licence from us. There is a charge for this licence.

There are two types of licence:

  1. A site licence - to operate a site and collect any scrap relevant to that site.
  2. A collector’s licence - to collect scrap within the area of the council which issued it. If you want to collect in more than one council area then you will need to apply for a collector’s licence from each one.

It is not possible to hold more than one licence in any single council area. Licences last for three years.

Note that these new licences do not replace the waste carrier’s licence. To collect scrap in North Kesteven, you will be required to hold a licence issued by the relevant council and a waste carriers licence issued by the Environment Agency (EA)

Eligibility criteria

We must be satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer. We will consider any relevant information, in particular whether the applicant or any site manager has been:

  • convicted of any relevant offence or subject of any relevant enforcement action.
  • subject to any previous refusal of an application for the issue or renewal of a scrap metal licence, a relevant environmental permit or registration, or has had any previous scrap metal licence revoked.
  • whether the applicant has demonstrated or will demonstrate adequate measures and procedures to ensure that the provisions of this act are complied with.

Applicants will also need to submit a basic criminal record disclosure issued no earlier than three months from the date of application. Any persons who carry on business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence may be liable on conviction to a maximum fine of £5,000.

You will need to confirm whether or not you have the correct planning permission. Lincolnshire County Council is responsible for planning permissions involving waste disposal sites. 

Regulation summary

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

Application evaluation process

For a site licence, we need to know the name of the company, partnership or person who will hold the licence, as well as details of any directors or partners including their home address. We need the address of each site in our district which is to be licensed, and details of each site manager including their home address.

For a collector's licence, we need to know the name of the company, partnership, or person who will hold the licence, including the place where you live. These details are required by law or to facilitate checks on the applicant or so that we may contact you if there are any problems.

The applicant and every person listed on the application form must submit a basic disclosure certificate, obtained from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Visit to request a basic DBS check. There is a charge for this service.

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. This is because we need to make enquiries as to the suitability of applicants. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Failed application redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

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Consumer complaint

We advise that, in the event of a complaint, you should make contact with the trader - preferably in the form a letter with proof of delivery. If unsuccessful, Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline will advise you on what to do next. From outside the UK, contact the UK International Consumer Centre (UKICC).