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Scrap metal is classed as:
The following are NOT regarded as scrap metal:
The licence allows you to buy and sell scrap metal, or travel to collect scrap metal, in a certain area.
There are two types of Scrap Metal Licence:
You can apply for one type of licence per Authority which can include multiple sites in the Borough on that licence.
The licence lasts for three years from the issue date and then must be renewed.
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 states that we cannot issue a licence unless we are satisfied that you are a suitable person to carry on the business of a scrap metal dealer.
In the case of a partnership this means assessing the suitability of each partner. When it comes to a company we assess the suitability of any directors, company secretaries or shadow directors.
Please make sure you are able to provide us with the following:
Please then pay the appropriate fee as shown on our licensing fees and charges
See our licensing fees and charges
Download the application form
Where refusal occurs we will give the applicant notice to set out what the authority proposes to do, reasons why, and then we will give the applicant the opportunity to make representations/inform the authority they wish to make representations, in no less than 14 days.
The authority may refuse the application, if: (a) within the period specified in the notice, the applicant informs authority they do not wish to make representations or (b) the period of 14 days expires with applicant making no representations, nor telling us they wish to do so.
If within the period specified in notice, applicant informs authority they wish to make representations, the authority (a) must allow applicant a further reasonable period to make representations and (b) may refuse the application if applicant fails to make representations within that period.
If the applicant makes representations, the authority must consider them (including oral representations.)
If the representations are oral, the Miscellaneous Licensing Sub-Committee can be arranged to hear these.
Should the Sub-Committee formally refuse the licence the applicant may then appeal to the Magistrates' Court, within 21 days.
Appeals are made straight to magistrate's court, if the licence still refused after representations. Time period is 21 days beginning on day which notice decision was given. Applicants can appeal against the refusal of application.
If you have a Site Licence you have to display it at each site listed in on the Licence and display it in a prominent place that can been seen by the public.
If you have a Collector's Licence you must display it on any vehicle that is being used to collect scrap. The Licence should also be visible in a place where a person outside of the vehicle can clearly see it.
Under the act you have to tell us about anything that has changed from your first application and you must notify us within 28 days of the changes happening by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01206 282520. You can then apply to vary your Licence but bear in mind there is a charge for this (currently £200).
The options for a variation are:
You also need to tell us if you have stopped dealing in scrap metal by emailing email@example.com or calling 01206 282520.
Let us know within 28 days of any changes.
It is an offence to pay cash for scrap. Payments can be made by cheque or via electronic transfer (including credit/debit card).
The Act states that you need to keep the following:
If the dealer pays for the metal by electronic transfer:
If you dispose of scrap metal under a Site Licence you must record the following:
If you dispose of scrap metal under a Collector’s Licence, then you must keep the following information:
These records need to be kept for three years, beginning on the day the metal is received or disposed of.
If you are found guilty of an offence relating to Scrap Metal then you could be liable to a fine on summary conviction not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.
For full details about Scrap Metal Licences, please visit the Legislation website.