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Scrap metal dealer and motor salvage operator

A person carries on a business as a scrap metal dealer and must be licensed if they:

  1. Carry on a business which consists wholly or partly in buying or selling scrap metal, whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which it is bought, or
  2. Carry on a business as a motor salvage operator

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 gives licensing authorities the power to refuse a licence or revoke a licence if the dealer is considered unsuitable. Both the local authority and the police have powers to enter and inspect premises.

There are two types of licence available. Each lasts for three years:

  1. Site licence - this lets you buy and sell scrap metal from a fixed location within the council area
  2. Collector's licence – this is a licence for a mobile collector who does not have a site and regularly collects through door-to-door collections

A collector’s licence only allows you to operate within the borough of Blackpool, if you wish to operate in other local authority areas you will need to obtain licences from those authorities as well.

Apply for a licence

Download and complete the application form [PDF 114KB]and submit with the appropriate fee.

Every person listed on the form is required to submit a basic disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service. The certificate must be less than 3 months old at the date of application. Only original certificates will be accepted – if you need the certificate to make applications to other authorities please bring the original certificate to the licensing desk at Customer First where a copy can be made.

Once received, we aim to process your application within 28 days.

Registered dealers must notify Blackpool Council of any changes to their details or if they cease to be a scrap metal dealer.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent applies: This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period.

Changes for applications from 4 April 2022

The rules are changing if you're an individual, company or any type of partnership applying for a licence as a:

  • Scrap metal site
  • Scrap metal collector     

If you make an application on or after 4 April 2022 you'll need to complete a tax check with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if you're:

  • Renewing a licence
  • Applying for the same type of licence you previously held, that ceased being valid less than a year ago
  • Applying for the same type of licence you already hold with another licensing authority

You will not need to complete a tax check and you should follow the confirm your tax responsibilities guidance if you have:

  • Never held a licence of the same type before
  • Had a licence of the same type that ceased to be valid a year or more before making this application

You must carry out the tax check yourself. You cannot ask a tax agent or adviser to do this on your behalf. If a tax check is not completed, the licensing authority will be unable to consider your application to renew your licence.

You can find all the information you need on how to register and undertake your mandatory tax check.

The tax check must be undertaken before you submit your application for renewal.  

First-time applicants must give confirmation on their application form that they are aware of the guidance about their tax obligations and have read and understood the requirements. If you do not confirm that you are aware of the guidance, you will not be issued with a licence.

Failed application redress/licence holder redress

Please contact Blackpool Council's licensing service in the first instance.



Licensing service

Municipal buildings, Corporation Street, Blackpool, FY1 1NF
Telephone 01253 478570

The licensing service is available to contact by telephone between 10:00am and 2:00pm Monday to Friday or visit in person by appointment only at the licensing desk at Blackpool Council's Customer First Centre on Corporation Street .