Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013  (the 'Act') replaced the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and Part 1 of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 (in relation to Motor Salvage Operators) in October 2013.

Provisions of the new Act include the following:

  • The requirement for scrap 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 cash-less offence will apply to all scrap metal dealers including 'mobile/itinerant collectors' who conduct house to house collections;
  • There will be a single national publicly available register of all licensed 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 application process the applicant will be required to provide a Basic Disclosure certificate the result of which must be no older than three months at the date of application. In advance of receiving the application forms from us, and in order to ensure continuity of business, existing traders should apply now to Disclosure Scotland for their Basic Disclosure certificate.

Local Government Association Guidance

The Local Government Association has provided some helpful guidance to assist applicants and Local Authorities with the implementation of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.


The fees for applications under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 in Chichester are:

  • Site Licence (new or renewal) £525.00
  • Collector's Licence (new or renewal) £345.00
  • Variation of Site/Collector's Licence £285.00
  • Change of name or address £48.00
  • Replacement Licence (copy) £25.00