London Borough of Croydon

Scrap Metal Dealer's Act 2013

Licence summary

If you wish to trade in metals or motor salvage you will need to apply for either a site licence or a mobile collectors licence or both.

Eligibility criteria

  • The licence is valid for three years from the date of grant.
  • Applicants for a licence must not be disqualified from keeping scrap metal.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older.

Legislation summary

Scrap Metal Dealer's Act 2013

How to apply

If you are applying for either a new site or new mobile collector's licence please download the application form part A and the personal information form Part B below and once completed send them to the licensing team at the address below, together with all the documents listed on the form.

Home Office guidance on the regulations can be downloaded below.

As part of the application a current criminal record check is required. This must be no more than three months old at the date of submission.

Applicants will be required to apply for their criminal record check through the Disclosure and Barring Service  
Any enquiries regarding this should be directed to the Disclosure and Barring Service by email at or telephone on 0300 020 0190.”

Application evaluation process

Received applications will be forwarded to the Police and Environment Agency for comments.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. Your licence will only be issued to you when all the necessary inspections /checks have been carried out and the premise meets the required standards as set out in the 'rules of management' documents below. The licence may also list additional site specific conditions.

Renewal of a licence

If you already hold a licence you will be sent a renewal letter approximately one month before it expires, you can pay the renewal fee online

Alternatively payment can be made by debit or credit card, if you wish to use this facility please telephone 020 8760 5466.

Failed application redress

Any person who is refused a licence can appeal to the local magistrates court.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise in the first instance that in the event of a complaint, you make contact with the trader, if you are not satisfied with their response please contact the licensing team on the details below.

Other redress

Please contact the licensing team on the details below.



020 8760 5466
Address Line:

Croydon Council, Licensing Team

6th Floor, Zone A

Bernard Weatherill House

8 Mint Walk

Croydon CR0 1EA


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