Scrap Metal Dealer's Licence

To be a scrap metal dealer, you need to register with Bradford Council.

Am I eligible to apply?

  • A scrap metal dealer is defined as someone carrying on a business which consists wholly or in part of buying or selling scrap metal, whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which it is bought. 
  • 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. 
  • Businesses which consist of motor salvage also require a Scrap Metal Dealer's Licence. Motor salvage includes recovering salvageable parts from motor vehicles for re-use or sale and subsequently selling or disposing of the rest of the vehicle for scrap and/or buying written-off vehicles and repairing and reselling them.

Summary of the regulations

How we evaluate your application

Applicants must provide the following:

  • if an individual, their full name, date of birth and usual place of residence 
  • if a company, the trading name, registered or principal office 
  • the address of each place occupied as a scrap metal site, if any 
  • details of the bank account(s) used to comply with cashless payments 
  • details of any relevant convictions.

The registered dealer must notify Bradford Council of any changes to these details or if they cease to be a scrap metal dealer.

Will tacit consent apply?


Apply online

What to do if we refuse your application

Please contact Bradford Council in the first instance.