Scrap Metal and Motor Salvage Operations

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

Legal Provisions from 1st October 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 received Royal Assent on the 28th February 2013.  The Act replaces the old provision for the registration of Scrap Metal Dealers and the Licensing requirements for Motor Salvage Operators.  It has been introduced to ensure that scrap metal dealers and mobile collectors are licensed and introduces additional legal requirements.

The new provisions contained within the Act include:

Anyone carrying on a business as a Scrap Metal Dealer and/or a Motor Salvage Operator within Harborough District Council's area must be licensed.

The Council has powers to revoke a Licence, which includes if the person holding the licence is deemed not to be a 'suitable person' to be a scrap metal dealer.

The Environment Agency will hold a central register for all Licences issued.

All scrap metal dealers must display their licence.

A requirement not to take any scrap without verifying the name and address of the person and record information about the material received, the person and vehicle.

Offence of buying scrap metal for cash.

Powers for the Police and Council Officers to enter and inspect.

Licence Applications

Scrap Metal Dealers Licences last for 3 years

There are two types of licences specified in the Act

Site Licence

A site licence lets you buy and sell metal from a fixed location within the Council's area.  All the sites which are licensed to deal in scrap metal have to be identified and a site manager has to be named for each site.  This type of licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from their site from any local authority area.

Collectors Licence

To operate as a collector in several different local authorities areas you will have to get a separate licence from each authority.  A collectors licence allows you to travel within the Councils area to collect scrap metal.  A collectors licence does not authorise the licensee to operate a site.

It should be noted that you cannot hold both a site licence and a collectors licence with the same local authority.

How to apply

Applications can be made from the 1st October 2013.  You must complete an application form and read the associated guidance notes.

This must be accompanied by the correct fee, original Disclosure Certificate (less than 3 months old) and original identification documents (less than 3 months old) or the application will not be accepted.

For existing Scrap Metal Dealers, who have registered with the Council prior to the 1st October 2013 and Motor Salvage Operators licensed prior to 1st October 2013, you will be "deemed" to be licensed under the new Act, however, you must apply for a new licence by the 15th October 2013.  You will not be permitted to trade after 15th October 2013 until a licence has been issued to you.

How much are the application and variation fees?

The fees to accompany the relevant application for a licence are as follows:

  • Site Licence - New  £300.00
  • Site Licence - Renewal £250.00
  • Site Licence - Variation £170.00
  • Collectors Licence - New  £300.00
  • Collectors Licence - Renewal  £250.00
  • Collectors Licence - Variation  £170.00


Cheques are to be made payable to "Harborough District Council"

If you wish to pay by BACS please use the following sort code 40 32 04 and account number 8101156, quoting "Scrap Metal" as the reference.

Applications cannot be accepted unless the correct fee has been paid.  Failure of a cheque to clear will invalidate your application.  Alternative payment will be requested.

What Checks Will Be Made?

In order to verify an application a number of checks will be undertaken by the Council to ensure that the applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence.

A check will be made for any relevant offences and enforcement action.

In order to verify a persons name and address checks will be made of relevant documents as specified in the Act and Regulations.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

All applicants and named persons will be required to prove their identity using photographic identification and a utility bill. 

Basic Disclosure Scotland Certificate

You and every person listed on the application form needs to submit a Basic Disclosure Certificate from Disclosure Scotland.  You can apply for this certificate from Disclosure Scotland or by telephoning 0870 6096006.

Further Information

If you require further information or assistance in applying for a Licence please email or telephone 01858 828282.

Additional Requirements

In addition to a site or collectors licence, you may need to obtain the following:

  • A waste management licence, a waste carriers licence and/or a hazardous waste licence from the Environment Agency
  • Registration of the business with the Health and Safety Executive
  • Planning permission for the use of any premises in connection with the business