Buckinghamshire Council Scrap Metal Licensing Policy consultation

Closed 13 Aug 2023

Opened 3 Jul 2023

Feedback updated 7 Mar 2024

We asked

We asked for your views on the draft Scrap Metal Licensing Policy for Buckinghamshire Council.  

The consultation ran from 13 August to 3 July 2023. 

You said

We received 5 responses to the consultation.  

The responses received either strongly agreed or agreed with the proposals within the draft policy.  

We did

On 7 February 2024 the Leader of Buckinghamshire Council agreed the adoption of the Scrap Metal Licensing Policy (PDF 2.58KB) 

The policy will be implemented from 1 April 2024.  


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We want to hear your views on our draft Scrap Metal Licensing Policy for Buckinghamshire Council.

As the Licensing Authority, we regulate the collection, buying and selling of scrap metal.

All scrap metal dealers in Buckinghamshire must obtain a licence from us. There are 2 types, which last for 3 years:

  • a site licence is required for premises used for the purposes of buying and selling scrap metal and may include motor salvage operators
  • a collectors’ licence is required by persons who carry on a business as a scrap metal dealer other than at a site
    • collectors typically carrying out door to door collections of scrap metal

A dealer cannot hold both a site and mobile collectors’ licence with Buckinghamshire Council.

Draft Buckinghamshire Council Scrap Metal Licensing Policy

The draft policy sets out:

  • the legal requirements, regulations and guidance relevant to applicants, licence holders and officers working with scrap metal licensing
  • the application process
  • our approach to enforcing licensed and unlicensed activities
  • our approach to scrap metal licensing fees

The draft policy aims to ensure:

  • there is fairness and consistency for scrap metal dealers
  • persons operating scrap licence businesses are compliant with legislation
  • action is taken where there is evidence of unlicensed sites

The policy will cover the Buckinghamshire Council area. It will replace any scrap metal licensing policies from the previous district councils.

More Information

The draft policy follows guidance from the government and relevant organisations.

We have also engaged with licence holders and other relevant stakeholders.

More information about the development of the draft Buckinghamshire Council Scrap Metal Licensing Policy (0.26MB).

Related documents and links

Before you respond to this consultation, please have a look at the following documents and links:

How to have your say

You can tell us your views in one of the following ways:

If you have any questions about this consultation, please email us at licensing@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or phone us on 01296 585605.

Please tell us your views by midnight on Sunday 13 August 2023.

What happens next

We will use your responses to develop the final Buckinghamshire Council Scrap Metal Licensing Policy.

The policy will then be presented for approval and adoption by the end of 2023.

We will review the policy every 5 years.


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