Scrap metal

Collector licence

A collector’s licence allows the licensee to operate as a collector in the area of the issuing local authority. It does not allow the collector to operate in any other local authority area, so a separate licence has to be obtained from each council the collector wishes to operate in.


  • Collector Licence (Grant) for 3 years £255 (Minimum £50 to be paid on initial application. The remainder of the fee must be paid prior to the grant of the licence)
  • Collector Licence (Renewal) for 3 years £250
  • Variation (Site Licence to Collector Licence) £40
  • Variation (Collector Licence to Site Licence) £65 (if more than one site is specified, +£35 per site)
  • Variation (Change of Details) £20

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Download and return the relevant application form to, or apply online at the link


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You can pay for your licence online right now using our secure payment system. Please select 'Licensing' from the left-hand side:

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