Scrap Metal Licensing

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force on 1 October 2013. The legislation requires any persons whose business is to collect, buy or sell scrap in the Borough to be licensed by the Council. Motor salvage operators are also considered to be scrap metal dealers for the purposes of the Act. 

There are two types of licence:

  • A site licence allows the licence holder to buy and sell scrap from a fixed location in the Borough.
  • A collector’s licence authorises the licence holder to operate as a mobile collector that travels within the Borough to collect scrap metal. This includes commercial as well as domestic scrap metal. Mobile collectors are required to be licensed with every local authority that they operate in the area of.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 provides local authorities with new powers to enter and inspect sites and refuse or revoke licences. Scrap metal dealers must verify the identity of those they receive metal from and cannot purchase scrap metal with cash.

Applications forms and guidance notes

Application forms are available from the related links section to the right of the page. These include guidance notes that provide an introduction to the requirements of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 and guidance on completing the application form.

All applicants are required to disclose any relevant convictions and enforcement action on their application form. Applicants must also provide a Basic Disclosure Certificate with their application. Individuals applying for a collector's licence are expected to be registered waste carriers and are required to submit two passport photographs with their application.

An application fee is payable for each application. The Council has determined the application fees as follows:

  • Application for a site licence: £300
  • Application for a collector's licence: £200
  • Application to vary a licence: £50

Applications should be posted to the Council's licensing team at the address to the bottom of this webpage. On receipt of an application, the Council will determine if the applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence. The application may be refused if the Council is not satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person.


To formalise the Council's approach to enforcement and to ensure consistency with other licensing regimes, the Council has agreed to a service enforcement policy. The policy seeks to provide joined up, local, evidence led enforcement in dealing with unscrupulous scrap metal dealers while providing a lighter touch in respect of low risk dealers that are legally compliant. Enforcement is carried out by the Council in partnership with the police.

National Register of Scrap Metal Dealers

The details of all licensed scrap metal dealers are publicly available through the National Register of Scrap Metal Dealers. This register is maintained by the Environment Agency and is available from the Environment Agency website.

Further Information

If you have further questions on scrap metal licensing, you can contact the licensing team on 01992 785555 or email

Completed application forms and postal correspondence should be addressed to:

Licensing, Broxbourne Borough Council, Bishops' College, Churchgate, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, EN8 9XQ.