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Apply for a scrap metal dealer licence

You can apply for a scrap metal dealer's licence by downloading and completing our application form below.

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You can find extra information about competing this form in our scrap metal dealers application guidance.

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You must return the form to the Licensing Unit by emailing our licensing team.

You'll also need to:

  • complete a tax check
  • pay a fee
  • get a collector's license from other local authorities (if needed)

Help if you've lost your licence

If you've misplaced your licence, you should contact our licensing team with your:

  • your licence number
  • your name
  • your contact details
  • a brief summary of your request

Tax check

New checks were put in place in April 2022 to ensure scrap metal collectors are registered with HMRC. This means you’ll need to complete a tax check if you’re:

  • renewing a licence
  • applying for the same type of licence you held before that stopped being valid less than a year ago
  • applying for the same type of licence you already hold with another licensing authority

You will not be granted a licence if you do not send your tax check code to our licensing team.

Find out more about dealing in scrap metal or the running of a scrap metal business.

Types of licences

Site licence

A site licence is for licensing a site where Metal could be taken to be sold or places where they dismantle vehicles (scrap).

Collector's licence

Collectors licence is for people who wish to drive around and pick up metal door to door.

How to pay

You can pay by:

  • phone using a debit or credit card
  • cheque (payable to Walsall Council)
Type Cost
Site fee £540.00
Collector's fee £185.00
Replacement licence (site or collector) £25.00
Change of licence details £30.00
Change of licensed sites £30.00
Change site manager £70.00
Site to collector licence £30.00
Collector to site licence £255.00


What happens next

Applications normally take 28 days to process and review. Your application will then be sent to a committee who will decide whether to approve it. This can take up to six weeks.

Contact information

Before contacting us, please check to see if we can answer your question from our online information.

Write to us:

Licensing Unit, Walsall Council, Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall WS1 1TP

Business hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:45am - 5:15pm

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