Scrap metal dealers

Scrap metal dealers

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 replaces the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and the Motor Salvage Operators Regulation 2002 from 1 October 2013.

Provisions of the new Act include the following:

  • The requirement for metal dealers to satisfy their local authority that they are a legitimate trader;
  • All sellers of metal must provide verifiable ID at point of sale which is recorded and retained by the dealer;
  • A cashless offence will apply to all scrap metal dealers including ‘mobile/itinerant collectors’ who conduct house to house collections;
  • There will be a single national publicly available register of all scrap metal dealers.

The Home Office have released a transitional timetable for implementation:

  • A Commencement Order was made on 6th August.
  • This will allow local authorities to set a licence fee from 1st September.
  • The main provisions of the Act commence on 1st October including the offence of buying scrap metal for cash.
  • Dealers and motor salvage operators registered immediately before 1st October will be deemed to have a licence under the Act from 1st October.
  • Provided the dealer submits an application for a licence on or before 15th October their deemed licence will last until the council either issues them with a licence or gives them notice of the decision to refuse them a licence, although they will be able to continue trading pending an appeal against the decision not to grant a licence.
  • Where a dealer submits an application on or before 15th October but does not supply all the required information with the application form then the deemed licence remains in effect after 15th October.
  • Where a dealer with a deemed licence fails to submit an application on or before 15th October the deemed licence will lapse on 16th October.
  • Other scrap metal dealers, not previously registered, will be able to apply for a licence from 1st October but will have to wait until a licence is granted before they can legally trade.
  • Local authorities will complete suitability checks on applicants and decide whether to issue licences.
  • All other enforcement provisions within the Act commence on 1st December.

Under the new Act we must not issue a licence unless we are satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer. In the case of a partnership this means assessing the suitability of each of the partners in the partnership, while in the case of a company it means assessing the suitability of any directors, company secretaries or shadow directors.

Therefore as part of the new application process the applicant will be required to provide a Basic Disclosure certificate for these persons from Disclosure Scotland to submit along with their application form.

In advance of receiving the application forms from us, and in order to ensure continuity of business, existing traders should apply now to Disclosure Scotland for their Basic Disclosure certificate.

How to apply

Our application form can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

This page will be updated as more guidance is released by the Home Office.

Contact us

Licensing Unit  
Walsall Council
Civic Centre
Darwall Street

Telephone 01922 653050

This page was last updated on 26 September 2016