Scrap Metal Dealers Licensing

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 replaced the previous registration requirements for scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators.

The legislation has been fully in force since 1 December 2013.

The links provide you with information on the Act and a template application form.

In summary, the legislation provides the following:

  • scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators are now "scrap metal dealers"
  • there are two categories of licence:
    • a site licence (can be for multiple sites within the council's area)
    • a collector's licence (separate licences will be required for each council area where collections take place)
  • power for council to refuse or revoke a licence or impose conditions where appropriate. These relate to times of operation and a requirement that metal will be kept in its original form for minimum of 72 hours.
  • applicants have the right to make representations before refusal, revocation or the imposition of conditions
  • licence has to be displayed at site or on collector's vehicle where it can be read by the public
  • sellers must produce personal ID at the point of sale
  • no cash purchases of scrap metal in any circumstances
  • police and council officers will have powers to inspect sites
  • central online register of licences held by the Environment Agency
  • fees to be set locally. Fees for Spelthorne are:
    • Site Licence £530
    • Collector's Licence £335
  • Closure Notice (from police or council) for unlicensed sites; Closure Orders (via Magistrates' Court) if still used as such after seven days.
  • Statutory Guidance accompanies the legislation