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Registration - Scrap Metal Site

Basildon Borough Council is responsible for the registration of scrap metal dealers within the borough.


The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 will start to replace the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and the Motor Salvage Operators Regulation 2002 from 1 October 2013.

Provisions of the new Act include the following:

  • The requirement for metal dealers to satisfy their local authority that they are a legitimate trader;
  • All sellers of metal must provide verifiable ID at point of sale which is recorded and retained by the dealer;
  • A cashless offence will apply to all scrap metal dealers including 'mobile/itinerant collectors' who conduct house to house collections;
  • There will be two types of licence available: a site licence or a collector's licence;
  • There will be a single national publicly available register of all scrap metal dealers.

There are fees applicable for this service.

Under the new Act we must not issue a licence unless we are satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer. In the case of a partnership this means assessing the suitability of each of the partners in the partnership, while in the case of a company it means assessing the suitability of any directors, company secretaries or shadow directors.

Therefore, as part of the new application process an applicant will be required to provide a Basic Disclosure certificate for these persons from Apply for a basic disclosure certificate to submit along with their application form.

Local authorities may require applicants to submit additional information to support their application and Basildon Council requires the following information to be submitted:

  • Photographic ID (i.e. Full driving licence (if you have a photo licence please include paper part), current valid passport);
  • Birth certificate;
  • Proof of address (must be less than 3 months old) i.e. utility bill or bank statement;
  • Certificate of good conduct for applicants that have been resident outside of the country for long periods, from the age of 10 years;
  • Where appropriate, documentation showing right to work (residents permits);
  • Relevant environmental permits/licence in force i.e. scrap metal dealers or motor salvage operators, waste carrier's permit;
  • Proof of bank account details that will be used for payments to suppliers;
  • Two passport sized photographs.

The Environment Agency holds a national register of all licences issued under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. Public registers can be viewed at Public Register of Scrap Metal Dealers


The fees for a new scrap mental dealer licence are £345.00 for a site licence and £235.00 for a collectors licence.

A variation to either of these licences will cost £63.00

The licence must be renewed every 3 years and a renewal will cost £235.00 for a site licence and £185.00 for a collectors licence.

 Application for Scrap Metal Dealer Licence

You can apply for a scrap metal dealer licence online, through the Business Link website, by selecting one of the links below:

Online applications will be acknowledged by email. Provided your application is correctly made, we will aim to process it within 30 working days. If this is not possible we will contact you and provide an explanation of the reason. Tacit consent does not apply to this application because it is considered to be in the public interest for the local authority to process your application before it is granted. If you have not received a response by the end of the target completion period please contact us at the address above.

If you require any further information or have a complaint about this process please contact us.

Please ensure that you have read the Guidance Notes before submitting your application. In addition to these, you may need to contact Basildon Council's Planning Department to ascertain whether planning permission is required.

Online applications will be acknowledged by email. Provided your application is correctly made, we will aim to process it within 30 working days. If this is not possible, we will inform you and provide an explanation as to the reason.

If your application is refused and you wish to appeal, please contact us in the first instance. Any applicant has the right to appeal to the Magistrates Court. Appeals must be made within 21 days to the decision.

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