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). 

How to apply

All applications can be submitted by downloading and completing the scrap dealer licence registration pack

You can also apply online through the GOV.UK website

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

Fees from 1 April 2024

  • Application/Renewal of Site Licence - £373.30
  • Variation of Site Licence – £242.70
  • Application/Renewal of Collector's Licence – £269.70
  • Variation of Mobile Collector's Licence – £215.30

Scrap Metal Dealers' Policy

The Council as the relevant local authority for the purposes of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (“Act”) has adopted a Scrap Metal Dealers Policy. This policy was adopted by the Council's Licensing Committee on 5 September 2023. The purpose of the Policy is to provide guidance on the way in which the Council will administer and enforce the requirements of the Act.

Licensing Officer

Address: Council Offices
Ribble Valley Borough Council
Church Walk

Telephone: 01200 414454