Scrap Metal Licencing
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (the Act) was passed on 28th February 2013 and came into force in October 2013. The new Act replaces the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and part of the Vehicle Crime Act 2001 that deals with motor salvage operators. The Act revises the regulatory regime for scrap metal dealing and vehicle dismantling.
The Act was introduced due to increases in metal theft driven by the rise in commodity prices which were estimated to cost the economy between £220 million and £777 million a year. The Act raises standards within the scrap metal industry, by replacing the overlapping regimes for vehicle salvage and scrap metal with one regulatory regime, and by giving Councils the responsibility for the licensing and enforcement of the Act in conjunction with the police.
The Act provides local authorities with additional powers to refuse or revoke a license if the dealer is considered unsuitable. Both the local authority and the Police have been given powers to enter and inspect premises. Closure orders can also be sought by both the Police and LA for un licensed premises.
Two different types of scrap metal licence will be issued, one a site licence and the other a collector’s licence. Collectors’ licences cover dealers who do not have a site and regularly collect through door-to door collections. A site licence allows the dealer to carry on business at any sites in the District listed on the licence, while the collector’s licence allows a dealer to carry on business in a councils’ area. Where a dealer collects scrap metal across a number of local authority areas, they will be expected to obtain a licence from each of those Authorities.
The main provisions of the 2013 Act are:
a. An extended regime to include a wide range of businesses;
b. Amended definition of scrap metal;
c. The introduction of a national register of licenses to be held by the Environment Agency. Each Council previously held a register individually;
d. The introduction of two different types of licences, Site and Collector;
e. The introduction of a suitability test for applications and licensees;
f. The introduction of a licence fee to be determined by the Council;
g. The introduction of the power to revoke a licence;
h. The introduction of entry and inspection powers;
i. The power to obtain closure notices for unlicensed sites;
j. The introduction of increased record keeping requirements;
k. The introduction of a requirement to display licenses;
l. The continuation of the offence of buying scrap metal for cash and additional offences relating each of the powers and duties contained in the 2013 Act.
A reasonable fee can be charged by Local Authorities to cover their costs of administering the Licensing regime.
Any licence granted under the Act will be for a period of three years.
Please click here for an Application Form to apply for either a Scrap Metal Dealers ‘Collectors Licence’ or a ‘Site Licence’ or you can apply online here.
Please click here to view Hart District Council's current Licence fees.