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
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.
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).