Scrap metal

COVID-19 : whilst many services are operating normally, we are still operating under Covid-19 protocols and therefore changes have been made to the Council's licensing processes, including a requirement to submit applications and supporting information electronically to avoid potential delay.

We have prepared a summary (PDF, 172Kb) of the current changes to assist applicants, licence holders and interested parties. More information can be obtained from the Licensing Service at 01695 585015 or licensing.enquiries@westlancs.gov.uk 

 

If you intend to operate as a scrap metal dealer then you must, under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 apply for a licence with any authority in which you operate. Failure to do so is a criminal offence and subject to a fine. We will handle any information provided to us in accordance with our Privacy Notice (PDF, 416kb)

here are two different scrap metal dealer licences as detailed below:

Site licence

A site licence authorises the licensee to carry on business at a site or multiple sites within West Lancashire. The fees for this licence are detailed below:

  • New application: £297.27
  • Additional named site on site licence: £134.33(per site)
  • Variation to exiting licence: £87.43
  • Replacement licence: £17.49

The licence fees stated above are comprised of (a) an initial fee and (b) a successful application fee . For ease, the full licence fee can be paid on application. In such cases, the successful application fee (b) would be refunded if your application is refused.

If you wish to pay fee (a) and fee (b) separately, please contact the Licensing Service. Fee (a) should be paid on application and fee (b) should be paid if your licence is granted.  

Please note that successful applicants will not be issued with a licence without payment of the fee in full.

Collector's licence

A collector’s licence authorises the licensee to carry on business as a mobile collector within West Lancashire. The fees for this licence are detailed below:

  • New application: £139.89
  • Variation to existing licence: £87.43
  • Replacement licence: £17.49

The licence fees stated above are comprised of (a) an initial fee and (b) a successful application fee . For ease, the full licence fee can be paid on application. In such cases, the successful application fee (b) would be refunded if your application is refused.

If you wish to pay fee (a) and fee (b) separately, please contact the Licensing Service. Fee (a) should be paid on application and fee (b) should be paid if your licence is granted.  

Please note that successful applicants will not be issued with a licence without payment of the fee in full.

 

It is important to note that a person or company may only hold one of the above licences within West Lancashire and could not operate both a site licence and collector's licence.

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Will tacit consent apply?

Tacit consent will not apply as there is an overriding public interest in ensuring that the suitability of applicants is assessed before the licence is issued.