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Scrap Metal Dealers

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force on 1 October 2013.

The 2013 Act makes it an offence to pay cash for scrap metal and will require all sellers of metal to provide verifiable ID at point of sale. Dealers will be required to record and retain records of each purchase.

The Act requires local authorities to be satisfied that an applicant is a 'suitable person' to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer before issuing or renewing a scrap metal licence. This will include the submission of a basic criminal records certificate from Disclosure Scotland for all named parties on the application form/licence.

It also provides local authorities and the police with new powers to enter and inspect sites, and to vary and revoke licences.

The definition of a scrap metal dealer will also include motor salvage operators; bringing that registration scheme within one new scrap metal licensing regime.

There are two types of licence within the Act and it should be noted that a dealer can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area. A dealer cannot hold both a site and mobile collector's licence from the same council:

A site licence authorises the licensee to carry on business at any site in the authority's area which is identified in the licence. It also allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from those sites from any place.

A collector's licence authorises the licensee to carry on business as a mobile collector in the authority's area. A separate licence has to be obtained from each council the collector wishes to operate in.
For enquiries, please complete the Application Request Form or contact:

New Forest District Council
Licensing Services
Appletree Court
SO43 7PA

Telephone: 023 8028 5505

Alternatively you can also apply online on the Businesslink website.

Any notification of changes can be made using our Notification of Change form.

Other useful links

adobe icon Application for Scrap Metal Dealer Licence [500kb]

 adobe icon Guidance for Scrap Metal Dealer Licence Application [176kb]




Updated: 16 Feb 2018
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