Scrap Metal Licence - Applying for a Licence

Scrap Metal Licence
Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

Applicants must provide the following:


  • their full name
  • the address of the dealer, or in the case of a company, their registered or principal office
  • the address of each place occupied as a scrap metal store, if any
  • if the business is carried on without a scrap metal store
  • if the business is carried on without a scrap metal store but the applicant occupies a place for the purposes of business, and the address of such a place
The registered dealer must notify the local authority of any changes to these details or if they cease to be a scrap metal dealer.
Does Tacit Approval apply?

Tacit approval does not apply to this licence, as it is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 28 days, please contact us for an update on your application.


Please note that your application may take longer than 28 days to process, although most will be acknowledged, processed and completed within this timescale.

Apply online

If you wish to register as a Scrap Metal Dealer, download a copy of the application form 


Send the completed form to us at the Public Health Team, Ty Blaen Torfaen, Panteg Way, New Inn, Pontypool, NP4 0LS

Application process

The process of applying for a licence is relatively straightforward. Once you have completed the application form, we will arrange to visit you so that the standards of your premises can be assessed. If there are any areas where improvement is needed, we will provide you with the information you need to comply with the licensing conditions.


Once your premises are licensed, we will inspect as appropriate, and we may also carry out interim visits.


As part of the licence process, you will need to update us with any changes to your business.


Please note that some details of your premises may be included on our web-site, and your details may also be shared with other statutory bodies as appropriate

Application Fees

The application fee is listed on our Licence Fees page.

Failed Application Redress

If your application is refused, or if you do not accept any of the licence conditions imposed as part of the approval, you should contact the officer dealing with your licence in the first instance. We will always inform you of the appeal procedures when refusing a licence, or on request. We will also inform you of our complaints procedure, should you feel that your application has been improperly processed.

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, Citizens Advice will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

Please contact the Public Heath Team.

Trade Associations

Please Note - Torfaen County Borough Council (The Council) is under a duty to protect the public funds which it administers and to this end may use the information you provide within Torfaen County Borough Council for the prevention and detection of fraud. The Council may also share this information with other bodies administering or in receipt of public funds solely for these purposes. For further information, visit the National Fraud Initiative area of the website.

Last Modified: 15/09/2022
For more information contact:

Commercial Services

Tel: 01633 647263


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