Scrap Metal Dealers Licence


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:

  • A site licence – to operate a site and collect any scrap relevant to that site.
  • A collector’s licence – to collect scrap within the area of the Council which issued it. If you want to collect in more than one Council area then you will need to apply for a collector’s licence from each one.

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.


This licence is renewable every 3 years

The fee is made up of Part A and Part B.  Part A is payable upon application and Part B is payable if the licence is granted and must be paid prior to the licence being issued.  If you wish to pay Part A and B together at the time of application, you may do so.  You are however under no obligation to pay Part B of the fee prior to it the licence being granted.  If you do pay both parts of the fee at the time of application, and then your licence is subsequently refused, Part B will be refunded to you.

Site Licence

Part A – £316.50

Part B – £172.00

Collector Licence

Part A – £161.50

Part B – £67.00

Variation of Licence – Collector to site: £218.50

Variation of Licence – Site to Collector: £57.00

Change of site manager –  £47.00

Minor Change  eg change of licensee details – £32.00


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 right. 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.


Privacy Notice

We are required by law to protect your privacy and inform you how your information may be used.The Licensing team collect your personal information to process and manage your  Licence Application.

Some of your information may be made available on a publicly available register and provided on our website as required by relevant legislation.

The information provided by you may also be used for legitimate reasons by other departments of Boston Borough Council and other lawful agencies.

These reasons may include but are not limited to: prevention of crime, detection of fraud and public safety

In some cases information relating to your applications may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act, this council will review these requests to consider if it is lawful to comply.

The Council takes your privacy seriously.  The Council is the Data Controller for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018.

If you want to know more about the information we have about you, or the way we use your information please contact the Council