Scrap metal dealer licences

The dealing in scrap metal or the running of a scrap metal business is controlled by the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. If you are a scrap metal dealer or motor salvage operator you must have a licence to trade.

You can apply for the following licences:

Site Licence

A site licence allows you to trade as a scrap metal dealer at any site, or multiple sites, in Barnsley. If you want to trade in another area you'll also need to apply for a licence from that area's council.

Collector’s Licence

A collector’s licence allows you to trade as a mobile collector and sell or dispose of metal in Barnsley.  This includes the sale and disposal of motor parts.

You can't hold a site licence and a collector’s licence for the same area, but you can apply for a site licence in one area and a collector’s licence in another.

How to apply

As a company

If you operate as a company and want to apply for a site licence, you must send the original copy of your basic disclosure certificate with your application form to:

Licensing Department
Barnsley MBC
Regulatory Services
PO Box 634
S70 9FB

As a sole trader or in a partnership

If you operate as a sole trader or in a partnership and want to apply for a collector's licence or a site licence, you'll need to include the following with your application:

  • Application form
  • Licence fee
  • Disclosure Scotland - basic disclosure certificate
    Must be dated within the last three months
  • DVLA drivers licence/passport/birth certificate
  • Valid MOT certificate 
  • Valid vehicle insurance certificate for all vehicles registered 

For site licences you must also include MOT and insurance certificates for all vehicles that collect on an appointment basis.

Please note: all documents must be originals or certified copies only.

Copies can be certified by any one of the following:

  • Bank or building society official 
  • Councillor
  • Dentist
  • Police officer
  • Solicitor
  • Teacher or lecturer

We'll return all original documents to you.

Licence fees

The fee for a site licence is £380.

The fee for a collector's licence is £180.

Both licences last for three years.