The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 will start to replace 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 two types of licence available: a site licence or a collector’s licence;
  • There will be a single national publicly available register of all scrap metal dealers.

There are fees applicable for this service.

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 an applicant will be required to provide a Basic Disclosure certificate for these persons from Disclosure Scotland to submit along with their application form.

The Environment Agency holds a national register of all licences issued under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. Public registers can be viewed at Public Register of Scrap Metal Dealers


The fees for a new scrap mental dealer licence are £330.00 for a site licence and £205.00 for a collectors licence.
A variation to either of these licences will cost £45.00

 Application for Scrap Metal Dealer Licence

You can apply for a scrap metal dealer licence online, through the Business Link website, by selecting one of the links below:

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