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Scrap metal dealers registration

Licence summary

To be a scrap metal dealer, you need to register with your local authority.

Eligibility Criteria

A person is considered to be a scrap metal dealer if the person :

a) Carries on a business which consists wholly or partly in buying or selling scrap metal, whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which it was bought, or

b) Carries on business as a motor salvage operator (see Regulation Summary)

There are two types of licences:

  • Site Licence
  • Collector's licence

A dealer can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

Application Evaluation Process

Applicants must provide the following:

  • The full name, date of birth and usual place of residence of an individual applicant (including mobile collectors), anyone proposed as a site manager for a site, and every partner where a partnership is applying for a licence.
  • The company name, registered number and registered office address where it is the applicant.
  • Any proposed trading name for the business.
  • The telephone number and email address (if any of the applicant).
  • Where it is a site licence the address of each proposed site to be included on the licence.
  • The address of any site in another council area where the applicant already carries on business or proposes to do so.
  • Details of any relevant environmental permit or registration held by the applicant.
  • Details of any other scrap metal licences issued to the applicant within the three years before making this application.
  • Details of the bank account(s) to be used for cashless transactions – where a licensee operates multiple sites different bank accounts may be used.
  • Details of any relevant conviction or enforcement action that relates to the applicant.
  • Photocopies of :
    - Basic Disclosures for each person as required obtained from Disclosure Scotland
    - Photocard and counterpart driving licence or passport and proof of address eg utility bill.
    - For collectors licences a photocopy of the vehicle registration documents (V5 log book & MOT), insurance certificate and waste carriers licence.

The licensed dealer must apply to vary the licence where there are any changes relating to the name of the licensee on the licence; any change in the sites from which the licensee is authorised to carry on business; and any changes in the details of a site manager.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?



See Licence Application Fees.

Apply online

Apply for registration as a scrap metal dealer

Apply for variation of licence


Public Protection Services, 16 Lord Street, Wrexham, LL11 1LG

Phone: 01978 298990
Email: licensingservice@wrexham gov.uk

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Wrexham County Borough Council Licensing Service

Consumer Complaint

Please contact Wrexham County Borough Council Licensing Service

Trade Associations

British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA)

International Aluminium Institute

International Lead Association

Metal Bulletin