Scrap Metal Dealers 2013
To be a scrap metal dealer or motor salvage operator
you need a premises metal dealer's licence from the local
authority. This form of Licence does not replace the
Environmental Permit or Waste Carrier's Licence Requirements. It
does, though, replace from 1st October 2013, the
registration processes previously provided for under the Scrap
Metal Dealers Act 1964 and the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001.
Download an application form and guidance notes here.
Download the Home Office Supplementary Guidance on the
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 here
If you would like to receive an application form by post, please
use the link below which will generate a request with your
Dealers in scrap metal must be licensed by the local authority.
In this case, scrap metal is any old, waste or discarded metal or
metallic material, and any product, article or assembly which is
made from or contains metal and is broken, worn out or regarded by
its last holder as having reached the end of its useful life. Gold
and Silver are not regarded as scrap metal.
A scrap dealer is classed as carrying on a relevant business if
the following apply:
a) The business consists wholly or partly in buying or selling
scrap metal, whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which
it was bought, or
b) The business in question is one of a motor salvage
A licence must be either a site licence or a collector's
licence. A site licence authorises the licensee to carry on the
business at any site in the authority's area which is identified in
the licence. A collector's licence authorises the licensee to carry
on business as a mobile collector in the authority's area.
A separate Licence is required for each district/unitary council
that the scrap metal business is operated in. A granted Licence has
a term of three years from the date on which it is issued.
A local authority must not issue or renew a scrap metal
licence unless it is satisfied that the applicant is a
suitable person to carry on business as a scrap metal
The relevant licensing framework is set out in:
In determining whether the applicant is a suitable person, the
authority may have regard to any information which it considers to
be relevant, including in particular-
(a) whether the applicant or any site manager has been convicted
of any relevant offence;
(b) whether the applicant or any site manager has been the
subject of any relevant enforcement action;
(c) any previous refusal of an application for the issue or
renewal of a scrap metal licence(and the reasons for the
(d) any previous refusal of an application for a relevant
environmental permit or registration (and the reasons for
(e) any previous revocation of a scrap metal licence (and the
reasons for the revocation);
(f) whether the applicant has demonstrated that there will be in
place adequate procedures to ensure that the provisions of this Act
are complied with.
Details of the relevant offences are set out in the guidance
notes for this licence type. For the purposes of assessing the
issue of whether a relevant offence has been committed a criminal
record disclosure for applicants must be provided by the
applicant(s). It must not be more than 3 months old when submitted
in support of an application.
The authority may also consult other persons regarding the
suitability of an applicant, including in particular-
(a) any other local authority
(b) the Environment Agency;
(c) an officer of the police force.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process
your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard
from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact
it. The target completion period for processing these
applications is 30 working days.
The facility to apply online is not in place at present. However
application forms and guidance notes are available using the
Download an application form and guidance notes for Scrap Metal
Information about fees is included in the guidance notes.
These applications are to be used for applications for grant and
renewal of a Licence and can also be used for variation application
An applicant may appeal to a magistrates' court against the
refusal of an application.
Licence Holder Redress
A Licence Holder may appeal to a magistrates' court against the
inclusion in a licence of the conditions below, or the revocation
or variation of a licence.
(a) that the dealer must not receive scrap metal except between
9am and 5pm on any day;
(b) that all scrap metal received must be kept in a form in
which it is received for a specific period, not exceeding 72 hours,
beginning with the time it is received.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the
first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the
form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if
you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give
you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre. A single
national publicly available register of all scrap metal dealers
will be available.
A scrap metal dealer must not pay for scrap metal except by a
cheque or by an electronic transfer of funds. It is an offence for
the dealer to pay for scrap metal with cash. Scrap Metal Dealers
must keep detailed records of the scrap metal they receive and of
the disposal of that metal.
British Metals Recycling
International Lead Association