Scrap Metal Dealers Licence

Scrap Metal Dealers Licence

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (the Act) was passed on 28th February 2013 and is due to come into force in October 2013. A copy of the Act can be through the links on this page.

The Act repeals the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and consolidates scrap metal dealers & motor salvage operators under one licensing regime. Local Authorities will continue to act as the main regulator but the new Act gives Licensing Authorities more powers, including the power to refuse a license and powers to revoke licenses if the dealer is considered unsuitable. Both the Local Authority and the Police have been given powers to enter and inspect premises.

Two types of licence will be issued under the Act. They are Site Licences and Collectors Licences.

  • A Site licence will allow you to operate from a site and collect any scrap relevant to that site (includes multiple sites within the Borough)
  • A Collector's licence will allow you to collect scrap within the Fylde area only. You will need to apply for a collector's licence from each authority you wish to operate in.

The main points are:-

  • 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.
  • Site Licences must have a nominated manager for each site
  • Power for council to refuse or revoke licence or impose conditions where appropriate
  • Licences when issued by the Council must be displayed on site in the case of a site licence, or visible from the outside of a collector's vehicle (collector's licence).
  • 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 licence data will be held by the Environment Agency
  • Application fee locally set. Currently £505 for collectors and £645 for sites
  • Closure Notice (from police or council) for unlicensed sites; Closure Orders (via Magistrates' Court) if still used as such after seven days.

Local Government Association Guidance

The Local Government Association has provided some useful guidance to assist applicants and Local Authorities with the implementation of the new Act.

The LGA Guidance can be found at  

Application Form

An application form may be downloaded here and returned to the Licensing Team, Fylde Borough Council, Town Hall, Lytham St Annes FY8 1LW