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Scrap metal dealers

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 requires that any person(s) or organisations collecting, buying or selling scrap metal in North Hertfordshire must possess a licence issued by us. There will be a charge for licences granted under this legislation.

Site licence

A site licence is required where a business operates as a scrap metal dealer at a fixed premises within the administrative boundaries of NHDC. A Site Manager must be named for each site that is licensed. If a licence is granted, the licensee will be permitted to operate from that site as a scrap metal dealer including the transportation of scrap metal to and from that site.

To lawfully operate as a scrap metal dealer from a fixed site within North Hertfordshire you will need to submit a valid application form, supporting documentation and fee to us. To obtain this licence, a Site Application Form needs to be completed and returned to the Council. There will be a charge for licences granted under this legislation and details of these can be found on the Licensing fees page. Applicants also need to submit a basic Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure form as part of the application process.

To request an application form please email licensing@north-herts.gov.uk

Collector’s licence

A collector's licence authorises the licensee to operate as a mobile collector in the area of this Council, permitting them to collect scrap metal (including both commercial as well as domestic scrap metal). If a mobile collector operates within more than one local authority area, a licence will be required for each and every authority that he/she operates in.

To obtain this licence, a Collector’s Application Form needs to be completed and returned to the Council together with the relevant fee. Applicants also need to submit a basic criminal record disclosure form as part of the application process.

To request an application form please email licensing@north-herts.gov.uk

Offences

Anyone or any organisation that carries on a business which consists wholly or party in the buying or selling of scrap metal without a licence may be liable, on conviction, to an unlimited fine. For more information contact us.

How to apply

To complete an application for a scrap metal licence you need to submit the following:

  • a completed application form
  • a basic criminal record disclosure check
  • the prescribed fee - see table below

Fees

Licence Description 2022/23 Application 2022/23 Licence 2022/23 Total Fee
Site Licence
New application
Renewal of existing licence

£351.50
£252.25

£332.25
£299.00

£683.75
£551.25
Collector Licence
New application
Renewal of existing licence

£209.50
£163.25

£132.25
£132.25

£341.75
£295.50
Change of details £40.00 £40.00

Make changes to an existing licence

You will need to inform us if there are any changes to your licence, this covers any change to an existing business name, site manager or directors.

How to apply

Please complete the below application form and return via email to Licensing@north-herts.gov.uk and pay the prescribed fee.

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