Dealing in scrap metal, or the running of a scrap metal business, is controlled by the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. If you're a scrap metal dealer or motor salvage operator you must have a licence to trade.
- A site licence allows you to trade as a scrap metal dealer at a single site, or multiple sites, in Barnsley.
- A collector’s licence allows you to trade as a mobile collector and sell or dispose of metal in Barnsley (including the sale and disposal of motor parts).
You can’t hold a site licence and a collector’s licence in the same area. However you can apply for a site licence in one local authority area and a collector’s licence in another.
The fee for a site licence is £380 and the fee for a collector's licence is £180.
Licences are valid of three years. You can renew your licence three months before the expiry date.
What you need to apply
To apply for a scrap metal dealer licence you must be at least 18 years of age. You can apply using our online form below.
In the online form you need to upload certified copies of:
- a basic DBS check certificate/result of a subject access search of the Police National Computer (PNC) issued within three months of the date you apply for your licence
- proof of identity (valid passport/photocard driving licence or birth certificate)
You need to provide these for:
- any business partners
- any company directors, shadow directors and secretaries of the company
- any site managers (if you're applying for a site licence)
You also need to upload certified copies of:
- MOT test and motor insurance certificates for all vehicles used in the business
- a site plan and evidence of planning approval for each site (if you're applying for a site licence)
You can find out more about certified copies, including who can certify a document for you, below.
If you're not able to upload certified copies of your documents you'll need to post the originals after sending your online form. You can send this to: Licensing, Legal Services, PO Box 634, Barnsley, S70 9GG. We'll return these to you once we've dealt with your application.
How to apply
You can apply for or renew a site or collector's licence using our online form below.
In the form we'll ask for your own details and those of the scrap metal business. We'll also ask for details of any business partners, company directors, shadow directors, secretaries of the company, and site managers (if you're applying for a site licence). You'll need to tell us if you or any of those named have been convicted of any relevant offence or been subject to any enforcement action.
You'll also need to confirm your tax details by either:
- confirming you're aware of your tax registration duty (Pay As You Earn, Self Assessment and/or Corporation Tax duty). If you're applying for a scrap metal dealer licence for the first time, or if you've previously held a licence but this ceased to be valid over a year ago; or
- providing a tax check code generated from the GOV.UK website. If you've previously held a scrap metal dealer licence that ceased to be valid less than a year ago, or if you already hold a site or collector's licence with another licensing authority.
We'll also ask for details of the bank accounts that will be used to pay people for the scrap metal you receive or sell. This is to check you're not selling the metal for cash, as this is illegal.
After sending your form we'll process your application and post your licence to you. You'll usually receive this within 10 working days.
If you apply and aren't successful we'll email you to tell you the reason for our decision.
Certified copies of documents
Certified copies of documents are those which have been signed by a professional person to confirm they are a true copy of the original. Certified copies must:
- be signed and dated by a professional person (such as a solicitor, bank official or teacher). The person should not be related, living at the same address, or in a relationship with you
- have the wording ‘Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me’ written on the document by the person certifying it
- have the name, address, phone number and job title of the person certifying it printed clearly underneath their signature
The person certifying the document may charge you a fee to do this. You can find out more about certified documents, including who can certify a copy, on GOV.UK.
If you're not able to upload certified copies of your documents you'll need to post the originals after submitting your online form to: Licensing, Legal Services, PO Box 634, Barnsley, S70 9GG. We'll return these to you after processing your application.
If you've applied for a licence by post
If you've applying by post, you'll need to pay the fee for your licence using our online form.
In the form please select 'Pay for an application submitted via post' as the reason.
After sending your form we'll process it and post your licence to you. You'll usually receive this within 10 working days.
If you apply and it's not successful we'll email you to tell you the reason for our decision.