Scrap Metal Dealers

Every scrap metal dealer is required to have a licence, and operating without one will be a criminal offence. The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force on 1 October and replaces the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and the Motor Salvage Operators Regulations 2002.

The licensing council must not issue or renew a scrap metal licence unless it is satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer

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Anyone registering as a scrap metal dealer is also required to obtain a Waste Carriers Licence from the Environment AgencyOpens new window.

If you intend to use a vehicle to transport the material, a copy of the Waste Carrier Licence is required with your application. 

Changes for Scrap Metal Dealers

Legislation for Scrap Metal Dealers repeals the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and Part 1 of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001, creating a revised regulatory regime for the scrap metal recycling and vehicle dismantling industries in England and Wales.

There are two types of scrap metal licences and these are defined as follows:

  • A site licence for premises used by you in the City of Nottingham during the course of your business as a scrap metal dealer ( the licence may identify more than one site (premises) so long as they are within our district)
  • A collectors licence for mobile collectors (those who are not operating from a Site in the City but who collects scrap metal by means of visits from door to door

A person may only hold one type of licence issued by this authority but you may also hold , or require a licence from other authorities depending on where the collection of scrap metal takes place.

From 1 December 2013, scrap metal dealers will be committing an offence if they are operating without a licence and, if convicted may receive a fine.  

Tradespersons

Tradespersons will not be required to be licensed as a scrap metal dealer if buying or selling scrap metal is an incidental function of their business  (e.g. being a plumber or electrician).

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