Ryedale District Council


Scrap metal licences

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (the Act) came into force in 2013.

Application form for a scrap metal dealer's licence (PDF, 12 pages, 929kb)

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 guidance (PDF, 4 pages, kb)

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 replaced the previous registration scheme for scrap metal dealers created by the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964. In its place it established a new licensing regime. The Scheme is run and administered by the local district councils within North Yorkshire.

Every scrap metal dealer is required to have a licence and operating without one will be a criminal offence. Under the new legislation the definition of scrap metal dealers is extended, so it now includes motor salvage operators and the provisions in the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 under which they operated ended, when the new Act came into effect. See definitions below.

In order for anyone to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer they have to have a licence. These licences will last for three years. Trading without a licence is a criminal offence There are two types of licence specified in the Act:

  • Site Licence: All the sites where a licensee carries on a business as a scrap metal dealer have to be identified and a site manager has to be named for each site. This licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from those sites from any local authority area
  • Collector's Licence: This 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. The licence does not authorise the licensee to operate a site; to do so they will need a site licence from the relevant local authority.

A dealer can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area. They have to decide whether they are going to have a site or a mobile licence in any one area. They cannot hold both a site and mobile collector's licence from the same council.

Applications and renewals

  • Site licence £381
  • Collector £202


  • Variation of name and address £50
  • Variation from site licence to collectors licence £50
  • Variation from collectors licence to site licence £177
  • Variation of site manager £127
  • Variation to change site £127
  • Copy of licence £32

Both types of licences last for 3 years.

Cheques should be made payable to "Ryedale District Council".

Fees will vary each year.

The Act defines a "scrap metal dealer" as a person who is for the time being carrying on a business as a scrap metal dealer, whether or not authorised by a licence. For a full definition see sec 21 of the Act. "Scrap metal " includes;

  • any old, waste or discarded metal or metallic material, and
  • any product, article or assembly which is made from or contains metal and is broken, worn out or regarded by its last holder as having reached the end of its useful life

The following is not considered to be "scrap metal"

  • gold
  • silver, and
  • any alloy of which 2 per cent or more by weight is attributable to gold or silver

For further information, please submit an Enquiry Form.

  • British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA).
  • International Aluminium Institute.
  • International Lead Association.
  • Metal Bulletin.



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Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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Phone: 01653 600666

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