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Scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators

The Scrap Metal Dealer's Act 2013 replaces the Scrap Metal Dealers' Act 1964 and part 1 of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 (motor salvage operators).

In addition to a licence under the 2013 Act, the following may be required:

  • a waste management licence or a hazardous waste licence from the Environment Agency
  • registration of the business with the Health and Safety Executive
  • planning permission for the use of any premises in connection with the business
  • Scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators will both be 'scrap metal dealers'
  • An enhanced licence application process, including consultation with the police and Environment Agency

A site licence (may be for multiple sites within the council's area)

  • A 'site' is any place occupied for the purposes of the scrap metal dealer's business; a site licence holder may collect scrap metal, but only by prior arrangement

A Collector’s licence (separate licences are required for each council area where collections take place)

  • ***Alert for scrap collectors*** We are aware of an organisation who are claiming that collectors who collect by means of appointment do not require a licence, but should register with an organisation called the 'National Metal Agency'. We have received advice on this matter which has confirmed that this advice is incorrect and could leave collectors at risk of prosecution. Additionally it has been noted that the 'National Metal Agency' referenced is not a government, industry, or police organisation and registration with them has no bearing on the requirements of the Act.
  • Power for the council to refuse or revoke licence or impose conditions where appropriate, subject to the right to make representations before refusal, revocation or the imposition of conditions (these are limited to times of operation and a requirement that metal will be kept in its original form for minimum of 72 hours)
  • The licence must be displayed at site or on mobile collector's vehicle where it can be read by the public
  • Sellers must produce prescribed personal ID (photo ID) and proof of address at the point of sale - the dealer must keep a record of the documents produced
  • There may be no cash purchases of scrap metal in any circumstances - payment must be by cheque or electronic transfer of funds
  • The Police and the council will have powers to inspect sites and records of scrap metal transactions
  • There will be a central on-line register of licences published by the Environment Agency 
  • Application fees are set by each council
  • Closure Notice (from police or council) for unlicensed sites; Closure Orders (via Magistrates’ Court) if still used as such after seven days.
  • There is Statutory Guidance from the Home Office to accompany the legislation.

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Last updated: 30 June 2020 | Last reviewed: 30 June 2020