Scrap Metal Exemption Authority - New South Wales


You will require this authority if you intend to collect motor vehicles for transportation to a scrap metal facility. This authority does not authorise you to undertake towing work that involves transporting motor vehicles to a facility for repair, reuse or resale.

Ordinarily, the operator of a tow truck is required to hold an operator's licence. This authority is an exemption from that requirement. Its purpose is to make the requirements for licensing less onerous for businesses operating crane-type tow trucks that solely transport motor vehicles destined for scrap metal recycling.

Any tow truck you use in your business must be a crane mounted tow truck. This approval does not authorise you to use a tilt table top tow truck. Any person you employ or engage to tow is also exempt from the requirement to hold a tow truck driver's certificate.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this authority you must:

  • ensure that your business is incorporated, or that you have a registered business name
  • satisfy the agency that you are a suitable and competent person to collect motor vehicles for transportation to a scrap metal facility
  • ensure that all persons involved in your business are of good reputation
  • hold public liability insurance for your business
  • complete the relevant form
  • pay the required fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


2 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $534.00


Apply Application All $415.00


Apply Licence All $89.00

Metro per tow truck.

Apply Licence All $59.00

Country per tow truck.

Act(s) name

Tow Truck Industry Act 1998 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Tow Truck Industry Regulation 2008 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Tow Truck Enquiries

NSW Fair Trading

Department of Customer Service

Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 5054
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124
Phone: 1300 131 134
Website: NSW Fair Trading (Opens in new window)