Scrap metal licence

If you are a scrap metal dealer you need to hold an in date site or mobile collector's licence. You are not able to hold the two different types of licence within one council area.

What is a site licence?

This is required by an operator who has a site (or sites) within a council area.  It allows the operator to collect scrap from any local authority area in England and Wales.

What is a collector's licence?

This is required by anyone collecting scrap in a council area that does not hold a Site Licence. The licence applies to one council area only.  Where collections take place in other areas a separate licence is needed from the relevant council.

You can apply for either licence from the relevant authority below:

Apply Online

We work in partnership with Gov.uk to issue all of our licences online.  You will be required to log-in to the Government Site to apply for a licence.

In addition to listing all licences required, the site also details the regulations your business should meet as well as providing further help and guidance.

Copies of photographs and basic disclosure should be uploaded with your application document.  However, there may be an occasion when we need to contact the applicant to supply an original passport sized photograph.

Register or log-in to Gov.uk 

Fees

  • Site Licence: £375
  • Collector Licence: £255
  • Variation of Licence: £75

Licences are renewable every 3 years. To assist current licence holders a reminder letter and renewal form will be sent prior to that date.

Application Process

Once we receive your completed application, together with any photographs, disclosure documents and fee, we will process it. The process requires us to consult with other Local Authorities who may have an interest, the Police, and to notify both the Environment Agency and East Sussex County Council.

Further Information

Premises that are operating as scrap metal sites should ensure they have the requisite planning approval.  Site operators should be aware that they require specific planning approval from East Sussex County Council.  Further details can be obtained from:

Planning Policy & Development Management  (Communities, Economy & Transport) at East Sussex County Council. Telephone number: 01273 335218.

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Fees

The fees for applying for scrap metal dealer licences are:

       
  • Site Licence Fee: £350   
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  • Carrier Licence Fee: £250   
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  • Variation: £100

Download guidance and forms that will help you complete your application for a scrap metal dealer licence.

Guidance notes for scrap metal dealers registration

Guidance notes for scrap metal dealers registration
Summary: Download guidance notes for applying to register as a Scrap Metal Dealer in Eastbourne.
File Size: 58KB
File Type: application/pdf
Created: 11 August 2017
Last Modified: 11 August 2017