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Ribble Valley Borough Council

The Scrap Metal Dealers' Act 2013

The Scrap Metal Licence

Scrap metal dealers operating in Ribble Valley without a licence face fines of up to £5,000 under new laws designed to stamp out metal theft.

The majority of the provisions of the Act come into force on 1 October 2013.

The Act repeals the previous regulatory regime contained in the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964, and introduces a licensing regime under which:

  • No person may carry on business as a scrap metal dealer unless authorised by a licence under the Act; and
  • Introduces an offence for failure to comply with this, which is punishable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (currently £5,000).

Application and guidance

All applications can be submitted by downloading and completing the scrap metal dealers' licence application form.

You can also apply for a scrap metal dealers' licence through the GOV.UK website:

The Home Office has produced detailed guidance on scrap metal licences and the application process.


  • Application/Renewal of Site Licence - £277
  • Variation of Site Licence - £180
  • Application/Renewal of Collector's Licence - £200
  • Variation of Mobile Collector's Licence - £160