Scrap metal licences
From 1st October 2013 the Scrap Metal
Dealers Act 2013 replaced the Scrap Metal
Dealers Act 1964 and the Motor
Salvage Operators Regulation 2002.
Provisions of the Act include the following:
- The requirement for metal dealers to satisfy their local
authority that they are a legitimate trader;
- All sellers of metal must provide verifiable ID at
point of sale which is recorded and retained by the dealer;
- A cashless offence will apply to all scrap metal dealers
including ‘mobile/itinerant collectors’ who conduct house to house
- There will be two types of licence available: a site
licence or a collector's licence;
- There will be a single national publicly available register of
all scrap metal dealers.
There are fees applicable for this service.
Under the Act we must not issue a licence unless we are
satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to carry on
business as a scrap metal dealer. In the case of a partnership this
means assessing the suitability of each of the partners in the
partnership, while in the case of a company it means assessing the
suitability of any directors, company secretaries or shadow
Therefore as part of the new application process an
applicant will be required to provide a Basic Disclosure
certificate for these persons from Disclosure
Scotland to submit along with their application form.
This service is not covered by the
tacit authorisation process as it is in the public interest
that we process the application before it can be
If you are transporting scrap metal as a scrap metal dealer you
require the relevant environment permit, exemption or registration
issued by the Environment Agency in order to operate. You need to
contact them direct on 03708 506506 or visit their website.
Documents to download
Apply online (via the GOV.UK website)
Last Updated on 10/16/2013