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Scrap metal dealers act 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 received Royal Assent on 28 February 2013, and will replace the previous registration requirements for scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators from 1 October 2013. After that date, applications may be made for site licences and mobile dealer's licences under the new legislation.

Those registered under the previous legislation before 1 October 2013 will have until 15 October 2013 to submit an application for a licence under the new legislation, in order to remain licensed pending the determination of that application.

The new legislation will be fully in force from 1 December 2013. To apply please complete the form below.


The current fees for a scrap metal application (lasting for 3 years) are as follows;

  • Scrap Metal Collectors Licence - £186.00

  • Scrap Metal Site Licence - £382.00


In summary, the new legislation provides the following:

  • 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

  • There will be two categories of licence:

    • Site licence (can be for multiple sites within the council's area)

    • Collector's licence (separate licences will be required for each council area where collections take place)

  • Power for 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

  • Licence must 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 will have powers to inspect sites

  • Central on-line register of licences held by the Environment Agency

  • Closure Notice (from police or council) for unlicensed sites; Closure Orders (via Magistrates' Court) if still used as such after seven days