Scrap Metal Dealers

The new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came in to force on the 1st October 2013.

The Act repeals both the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and the Motor Salvage Operators Regulations 2002 and brings both regimes under the new scrap metal dealers licenses. Local authorities will continue to act as the main regulators and have more powers available to refuse or revoke a licence if the operator is considered unsuitable.

Summary of the Act

The Act defines a “scrap metal dealer” as a person who is for the time being carrying on a business as a scrap metal dealer, whether or not authorised by a licence. It also states that scrap metal includes:

  • Any old, waste or discarded metal or metallic material
  • Any product, article or assembly which is made from or contains metal and is broken, worn out or regarded by its last holder as having reached the end of its useful life.

The following is not considered to be scrap metal:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Any alloy of which 2 per cent or more by weight is attributable to gold or silver.

Under the Act there will be 2 types of licence which can be issued and these are:

  • Site Licence - This is for all sites where a licensee carries on a business as a scrap metal dealer and allows for the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from their sites from any local authority area.
  • Collector’s Licence – This allows the licensee to operate as a collector in the Cheshire East area only. If the licensee wants to operate in another local authority area they must obtain a separate licence from each council where they wish to operate.

The Act also states that whilst a person may hold more than one licence issued by different local authorities, a person may not hold more than one licence issued by any one authority.

Application requirements

The application process requires information to be submitted and applicants are required to submit a Basic Disclosure Certificate, which will be used to assess that the applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence. The Basic Disclosure Certificate contains details of any unspent convictions and there are a number of different websites where, for a small fee, you can apply for these online.

There is an application fee for a site or collector’s licence this can be paid by cheque or card.

You must complete the scrap metal dealers licence application form (PDF, 365KB) and return to Regulatory Services and Health, Cheshire East Council, Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 2BJ.

Public register

The Environment Agency keep the public register for scrap metal dealers.  

Additional guidance

The Local Government Association has provided some useful guidance to assist both applicants and local authorities with implementing the new requirements.

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