Scrap metal and motor salvage licences

A scrap metal dealer or motor salvage operator must have a licence to trade.

What type of licences are there?

There are two types of licence – a site licence or a collector's licence.

A site licence

A site licence allows you to trade as a scrap metal dealer at any site, or multiple sites, within Liverpool. If you also want to trade in another local authority you will need to apply for a licence from them too.

A collector’s licence

A collector’s licence allows you to trade as a mobile collector and sell or dispose of metal within the Liverpool area.  This includes the sale and disposal of salvageable parts from motor vehicles.

You cannot hold a site licence and a collector’s licence within the one authority area, but you can apply for a site licence with one local authority and a collector’s licence with another local authority.

How to apply

•    Download the Scrap metal licence application form.

You can return the form to us at licensing@liverpool.gov.uk.

If you are applying for a site licence and you operate as a Company, you can post your original Basic Disclosure Certificate with your form to Licensing Unit, Liverpool City Council, Room 221, Municipal Buildings, L2 2DH. We will return it when your licence has been granted.

If you are applying for a Collectors Licence or a Site Licence and you are a sole trader or in a partnership, you will need to bring the right documents for the licence you are applying for (see below) to the fast track queue in the City Centre One Stop Shop. You do not need to make an appointment.

What documents will I need?

We will ask you to present the following documents at the fast track queue in the City Centre One Stop Shop.

All documents must be originals

Documents you need to bring

Site licence - company (fee £510.00)

Site licence - sole trader or partnership (fee £510.00)

Mobile collector (fee £100.00)

Variation of site or collector's licence (fee £25)

Duplicate licence for site or collector (fee £20)

Basic disclosure certificate Yes Yes Yes    
Photographic ID which must be a Passport OR Driver’s Licence   Yes Yes    
Proof of address which must be any two of these:

Bank Statement
Utility Bill
Mortgage Statement
Council Tax Bill
Credit Card Statement

  Yes Yes Yes Yes

How much does a licence cost?

  • Site licence (company) - £510.00.
  • Site licence (sole trader or partnership) - £510.00.
  • Mobile collector - £100.00.
  • Variation of site or collector's licence - £25.
  • Duplicate licence for site or collector - £20.

How long does the licence last for?

The licence will last for three years from the date of issue.

Further information