Scrap Metal Permits

New South Carolina, Statewide, permits are required as of December 16th, 2012.

As a purchaser of nonferrous scrap metal, in accordance with South Carolina and Lancaster County laws, we require that all recyclers obtain a nonferrous scrap metal permit from your local Sheriffs Department. This requires a person transporting nonferrous scrap metal in a vehicle other than a vehicle used in the ordinary course of business for transporting nonferrous scrap metal must have a bill of sale in hand or present a valid transportation permit number as provided by the Sheriff’s Office. Permits are free, good for 2 years and can be obtained quickly at your local sheriffs office.

Licensed Contractors are Exempt

  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Communications
  • Water
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Climate Conditioning Services

Required Disclosure

No nonferrous metals, including copper, may be purchased by a secondary metals recycler from a seller unless the seller is a holder of a retail license, an authorized wholesaler, a contractor licensed pursuant to article 1, chapter 11, title 40, code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, a gas, electric, communications, water, plumbing, electrical, or climate conditioning service provider, or the seller presents the seller’s valid permit to transport and sell nonferrous metals issued pursuant to section 16-17-68, code of laws of South Carolina, 1976.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department

SC Code 16-11-523 Reference