Scrap metal licence

Scrap Metal Act 2013

The new Scrap Metal Act 2013 comes into force on 1 October 2013. The key features of the new legislation are:

  • all individuals and businesses are to complete an enhanced application process to obtain a scrap metal dealer licence
  • local authorities will have the power to revoke a licence
  • all sellers of metal are to provide personal identification at the point of sale, which is then recorded by the scrap metal dealer
  • new powers to the police and local authority to enter and inspect sites
  • the creation of a central register (hosted by the Environment Agency) of all individuals and businesses licensed as scrap metal dealers
  • widening the definition of scrap metal dealer to include motor salvage operators.

There are two types of licence specified in the Act.

Site licence:

All the sites where a licensee carries on business as a scrap metal dealer have to be identified and a site manger has to be named for each site. This licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from those sites from any local authority area.

Collectors licence:

This allows the licensee to operate as a collector in the area of the issuing local authority. It does not allow the collector to operate in any other local authority area, so a separate licence has to be obtained from each council the collector wishes to operate in. The licence does not authorise the licensee to operate a site; to do so they will need a site licence from the relevant local authority.

Making an application

Site licence application fee - £465
Collector licence application fee - £285

You can apply for a Scrap Metal Dealers licence by completing and returning the application form along with the relevant fee. In addition, you must also submit the following:

  • documentary proof of your identity (passport (DVLA photocard driving licence, birth certificate and national insurance number)
  • a basic disclosure certificate (dated within the last 3 months)
  • a utility bill or bank statement (dated within last three months) at your address
  • the relevant fee
  • a passport size photo for each applicant/site manager
  • a list of all vehicle(s) being used to transport scrap metal.

All documents produced must be originals as we cannot accept any photocopies.

Please note that other relevant documentation may also be requested in order to determine an application.

To apply for a basic disclosure certificate please contact Disclosure Scotland

Go to the GOV.UK site to register as a waste carrier, dealer or broker.

More information on scrap metal licence can be found on the GOV.UK website or you can contact the licensing team directly.

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