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 director.

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. A Basic Disclosure certificate can be applied for with the Disclosure and Barring Service


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

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.