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Scrap metal dealers' licence

Information on scrap metal dealers licence requirements and link to apply online

Licence summary

Any persons collecting, buying or selling scrap, or operating a motor salvage business in Boston will require a Scrap Metal Dealer Licence from us. There is a charge for this licence.

There are two types of licence:

It is not possible to hold more than one licence in any single Council area.  Licences last for three years.

Please note these new licences do not replace the Waste Carrier's Licence. To collect scrap in Boston you will be required to hold a licence issued by the relevant Council and a Waste Carriers Licence issued by the Environment Agency. For more information on this, or to register call: 03708 506506 or visit:

Regulation summary: A summary of the regulation relating to scrap metal dealers licences

Application evaluation process: Applicants must provide the following:

For Site Licences we need to know the name of the company, partnership or person who will hold the licence as well as details of any directors or partners including their home address. We need the address of each site in our District which is to be licensed, and details of each site manager including their home address. For Collectors licences we need to know the name of the company, partnership, or person who will hold the licence, including the place where you live.  These details are required by law or to facilitate checks on the applicant or so that we may contact you if there are any problems.

The applicant and every person listed on the application form must submit a Basic Disclosure Certificate from Disclosure Scotland. You can apply for this certificate at

Will tacit consent apply? No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. This is because we need to make enquiries as to the suitability of applicants, including checking with the police.  If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Apply online: Please use the links on the right

Failed application redress: Please contact Boston Borough Council in the first instance.

Licence holder redress: Please contact Boston Borough Council in the first instance.


Site licence                 £490.50

Collectors licence     £299.00

Consumer complaint: We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Adviceguide will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Trade Associations:


For any licensing enquiries please contact us using the details on the left. A member of the licensing team will normally be available at the Municipal Buildings on weekdays 9am - noon and 2pm - 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays). We may be available at other times by prior appointment.

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