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Non-Ferrous Metals

REVISED: 12-18-2012

Nonferrous Metal Permits:

S. C. State Law (16-11-523) requires an individual to have a permit in order to transport or sell any amount of nonferrous metal.  Nonferrous metals are metals not containing significant quantities of iron or steel.  They include copper wire, copper clad steel wire, copper pipe, copper bars, copper sheeting and aluminum; a product that is a mixture of aluminum and copper; catalytic converters; and stainless steel beer kegs or containers. 

To obtain a permit, free of charge, appear in person at the Sheriff's Office located at 4900 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville, SC 29617.  Permits will be issued Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until

4:30 p.m.   Office will be closed on county holidays.  Permit will be valid for two years.  One of the following must be presented at time of application: Valid Driver's License, state-issued ID or military ID.  

To replace a lost or destroyed permit ($10 fee), appear in person at the Sheriff's Office located at 4900 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  A $10.00 fee will be required cash only. 

In accordance with SC State Law, effective December 18, 2012, 48-hour permits will no longer be issued.

 Please note the following regarding Nonferrous Metal Permits: 

  • Permits are issued by the Sheriff's Office in the county in which the individual resides.

 

  • Permits for Greenville County residents are issued only at the Sheriff's Office Northern Area Command located at 4900 Old Buncombe Road, Greenville, SC 29617

 

  • Permits are non-transferrable - meaning it cannot be transferred between people.

 No permit is required to recycle aluminum cans.