From 4 April 2022, the Tax Requirements rules are changing if you're applying for a licence.

If you are applying for a licence for the first time, you will not need to complete the tax check. However, you will be asked to read HMRC guidance on what you need to do to be properly registered for tax in the future and you will need to confirm when you submit your application that you have done this.

For further guidance visit tax responsibilities.

Prior to submitting your renewal application, you will need to complete a tax check with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). For further guidance visit tax check.

You must hold either a site or mobile collector's licence, issued by the council, if you're a scrap metal dealer in England and Wales.

Step 1 - request a basic DBS check

To apply for a scrap metal dealer or collectors licence, you must first apply for a basic disclosure.

Clock Completing this form takes around 10 minutes

Paperclip You will need to pay an application fee of £25.00

Apply online

Step 2 - apply for a scrap metal site or collectors licence

Clock Completing this form takes around 10 minutes

Download form

After you've applied

  • If there are no objections and the applicant fulfils the application criteria, the application will be granted.

Licence types

  • A site licence will allow you to operate a site and collect any scrap relevant to that site.
  • A collectors licence will allow you to collect scrap only within the authority area that it was issued.
  • You will need to apply for collector's licences from separate authorities should you wish to operate in more than one council area.

Licence costs

Cost of licence
Licence type Fee
Site licence
(valid for three years from date of issue)
£655.00
Site licence renewal
(valid for three years from date of issue)
£591.00
Application to vary a site licence £86.60
Collectors licence
(valid for three years from date of issue)
£381.00
Collectors licence renewal
(valid for three years from date of issue)
£333.00
Variation £53.60
Change of site details £27.80
Change of collector details £21.70
Change of site manager £79.40
New/replacement vehicle plate £21.70

Contact Licensing

  • Kirklees Council
  • Address Licensing Service, PO Box 1720, Huddersfield, HD1 9EL
  • Phone 01484 456868
  • Email licensing@kirklees.gov.uk
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