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Scrap Metal Dealers and Collectors

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 replaced the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and the Motor Salvage Operators Regulation 2002 from 1st October 2013.

Provisions of the Act include:

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.

Under the 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.

Transitional Arrangements

Existing scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators, registered under the old Acts prior to 1st October, will automatically be deemed to have a licence under the new Act from 1st October.

Provided existing operators submit an application for a new licence on or before 15th October this deemed licence will last until we either issue them with a licence or we give  notice of a decision to refuse a licence (although operators will be able to continue trading pending an appeal against any decision not to grant a licence).

Where existing operators submit an application on or before 15th October but do not supply all the required information with the application form then this deemed licence will still remain in effect after 15th October. Existing operators should therefore submit their applications even if you they are still awaiting their Basic Disclosure Certificate(s) from Disclosure Scotland.

Where an applicant with a deemed licence fails to submit any application on or before 15th October then the deemed licence will lapse on 16th October and they will be unable to continue to trade.

Application forms Download a Site - Collectors application form (pdf 85KB) 

Fees are applicable for this service 

Apply In person: Return completed application forms and supporting documents with the fee (cheques payments made payable to WFDC) to the Customer Contact Centre

By post:  Return completed application forms and supporting documents with the fee (cheques payments made payable to WFDC) to Licensing, Wyre Forest District Council, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7W

Guidance and useful documents

Get ready for the new Scrap metal Dealers Act' a leaflet produced by the BMRA. (272KB)

Home Office Guidance on selling scrap for cash (194KB)

Supplementary Home Office guidance (262KB)

Get help at:   Worcestershire Regulatory Services (Licensing)
Licensing, Worcester City Council, Orchard House Complex, Farrier Street, Worcester, WR1 3BB

Customer Contact Centre: 01527 881395

Email: (please start the subject heading with WFDC enquiry)


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