Scrap metal dealers

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

All businesses that fall under the definition of a 'scrap metal dealer' must have a licence from the council to operate under The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

Download and view the council’s Scrap Metal Dealers Policy (pdf).

Scrap metal dealers

If you buy or sell worn out or discarded metal or metal products, either from fixed premises within the Newport area, or operate without premises but are resident within Newport (previously an itinerant collector), you must be authorised with Newport City Council as a scrap metal dealer for a site or collectors licence.  

Motor salvage operators

If you dismantle old or damaged vehicles for salvageable parts, repair previously written-off vehicles for resale, or trade vehicles for either of these purposes at premises within Newport City Council area, you must be authorised as a scrap metal dealer.


There are two types of licence, both last for three years:

  • Site licence

  • Collector’s licence (mobile)

A dealer can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area but can apply to run multiple sites.

Further information about both licences can be found in the explanatory notes accompanying the application form. 


Download and complete the Scrap metal dealer licence application form (pdf) 

Site operators licence

  • grant application site operators licence (three years) £485.50
  • renewal application site operators licence (three years) £444.32

Collectors licence

  • grant application collectors licence (three year licence) £316
  • renewal application collectors licence (three year licence) £281.22

Licence variation

  • variation application £55

Apply online for a Variation to a Scrap Metal licence or download the Scrap Metal Variation application form (pdf)

A Basic Disclosure certificate is also required so that the authority can determine your suitability.

Apply for a Basic Disclosure Wales check

Read more about the Scrap Metal Act on the Home Office web site 

Email with any queries.

Completed applications and documents with the relevant fees (cheques made payable to Newport City Council) should be posted to:

Newport City Council, Licensing, PO Box 883, Civic Centre, Godfrey Road, Newport NP20 4UR

Or taken to the Information Station, Old Station Building, Queensway,  Newport NP20 4AX