Scrap Metal Dealer's Act 2013
If you wish to trade in metals or motor salvage you will need to apply for either a site licence or a mobile collectors licence or both.
- The licence is valid for three years from the date of grant.
- Applicants for a licence must not be disqualified from keeping scrap metal.
- Applicants must be 18 years or older.
How to apply
If you are applying for either a new site or new mobile collector's licence please download the application form part A and the personal information form Part B below and once completed send them to the licensing team at the address below, together with all the documents listed on the form.
Home Office guidance on the regulations can be downloaded below.
As part of the application a current criminal record check is required. This must be no more than three months old at the date of submission.
This can be obtained from:
- Disclosure Scotland - Tel 0870 609 6006 or on line at www.disclosurescotland.co.uk.
Address: Disclosure Scotland, PO Box 250, Glasgow.G51 1YU
- National Identification Service - Tel 020 7230 2958 or Fax 020 7230 2688
Application evaluation process
Received applications will be forwarded to the Police and Environment Agency for comments.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. Your licence will only be issued to you when all the necessary inspections /checks have been carried out and the premise meets the required standards as set out in the 'rules of management' documents below. The licence may also list additional site specific conditions.
Renewal of a licence
If you already hold a licence you will be sent a renewal letter approximately one month before it expires, you can pay the renewal fee online
Alternatively payment can be made by debit or credit card, if you wish to use this facility please telephone 020 8760 5466. Please note a surcharge of 1.65% will be payable for payments made by credit card, there is no charge for debit card payments.
Failed application redress
Any person who is refused a licence can appeal to the local magistrates court.
We would always advise in the first instance that in the event of a complaint, you make contact with the trader, if you are not satisfied with their response please contact the licensing team on the details below.
Please contact the licensing team on the details below.