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Scrap Metal Dealers Licence

In order to run a scrap metal business you must be licensed by the council. There are two types of licence:

A site licence - this will be required where a business is carried on as a scrap metal dealer at a premises. A site manager will be required to be named for each site. The licensee will then be permitted to operate from that site as a scrap metal dealer including transporting to and from those sites from any local authority area.

A collector’s licence - this authorises the licensee to operate as a mobile collector in the area of the issuing local authority, permitting them to collect scrap metal as appropriate. This includes commercial as well as domestic scrap metal. If a mobile collector operates within more than one local authority’s district, a licence will be required for each authority that they operate in.

The law that governs the licensing of scrap metal dealers is the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. However we have some guidance (PDF 89KB) which might be easier to understand and has information that is specific to Leeds. We also have some guidance (PDF 53KB) written specifically for people for whom English is a second language.

All scrap metal dealers must keep good records. We have some straightforward guidance specifically on record keeping (PDF 171KB). We also have guidance on the rules (PDF 60KB) about being a scrap metal dealer.

We are under a duty to protect the public funds we administer and to this end may use the information you provide on your application for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

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Click to expandApply for a site licence

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A site is any premises used in the course of carrying on business as a scrap metal dealer (whether or not metal is kept there) and a site manager is the person in day to day control and management of activities at the site.

To apply for a site licence you must fill in an application form (Word doc 441KB) and pay a fee (PDF 251KB). If you want to apply electronically, you can download the required form from this page and send it to us by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk. You can also post us your application to:

Leeds City Council
Entertainment Licensing
Civic Hall
Leeds
LS1 1UR

Please note you are still required to provide a basic disclosure and present forms of ID to us in person.

There are other documents you will need to submit as part of your application. These include a DBS basic disclosure for the applicant and the site manager, a form of ID, and if you are collecting metal as part of your business, your motor insurance and waste collectors licence. You will need to make an appointment to bring these in. Please call us on 0113 378 5029.

You can’t consider your application is granted if you haven’t heard from us. If you have been waiting a long time for your licence you can call us on 0113 378 5029 so we can check for you.

Click to expandApply to be a scrap metal collector

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A collector is someone who operates as a scrap metal dealer but who does not have a site. This would be anyone going from door to door collecting scrap metal as the main part of their business.

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To apply for a collectors licence you must fill in an application form (Word doc 418KB) and pay a fee (PDF 251KB). If you want to apply electronically, you can download the required form from this page and send it to us by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk. You can also post us your application to:

Leeds City Council
Entertainment Licensing
Civic Hall
Leeds
LS1 1UR

Please note you are still required to provide a basic disclosure and present forms of ID to us in person.

There are other documents you will need to submit as part of your application. These include a DBS basic disclosure for the applicant and the site manager, a form of ID, and if you are collecting metal as part of your business, your motor insurance and waste collectors licence. You will need to make an appointment to bring these in. Please call us on 0113 378 5029.

You can’t consider your application is granted if you haven’t heard from us. If you have been waiting a long time for your licence you can call us on 0113 378 5029 so we can check for you.​

Click to expandNotify us of a change to your name or address

If you would like to advise us of a change of name or address, then you can write to us at:

Leeds City Council
Entertainment Licensing
Civic Hall
Leeds
LS1 1UR

As this will mean us reissuing your licence there is a fee of £70.​

Click to expandChange your site licence to a collectors licence (or vice versa)

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If you are currently a site, but no longer have a site where you buy and sell scrap metal, you can change your licence to a collectors licence. The same is true if you are a collector but would like to start using a site to buy and sell. We can accept your application by letter or email. There is no form to complete. There is a fee of £70 which covers our admin costs and the reissue of your licence.​

Click to expandConsumer Protection

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Should you have cause for complaint in relation to licensed premises, we would always recommend that you write to the business first. If that does not work please contact us and providing it is a matter covered by the legislation, we can investigate the complaint for you.​

Click to expandUse of Personal Data

​​We are under a duty to protect the public funds we administer and to this end may use the information you have provided in your application for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.​

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