Waverley Borough Council

New legislation - licensing for scrap metal dealers

The new Scrap Metal Dealers Act comes into effect on 1 October 2013. All scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators will need to apply for a licence.

Published Wednesday, 21 August 2013

From 1 October 2013:

  • Every scrap metal dealer will need to have a licence, which they need to pay for.  Licences will last for three years but can be renewed, varied or revoked.  This applies to scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators.
  • Scrap metal dealers will not be able to pay for scrap metal in cash.
  • There will be a National Register of Licences.

Types of licence

Site licence

You need to list all the sites where you operate as a scrap metal dealer and name a manger for each site.  This allows you to transport scrap metal to and from these sites in any local authority area.

Mobile collectors' licence

This allows you to regularly collect scrap metal door-to-door within the boundaries of a single local authority.  You will need a separate licence for each local authority where you operate.

You can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area.

Existing registered dealers

You need to apply for a licence between 1 and 15 October 2013. You will be able to carry on operating until we determine your application.  We aim to do this by 1 December 2013.

If you apply after 16 October 2013, your current registration will lapse and you won't be able to trade legally until a licence has been granted.

New dealers

You can apply for a scrap metal licence from 1 October 2013.

You cannot operate until you have a licence.

More information

Find out more about:

the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 on legislation.gov.uk

Registration and licensing for scrap metal dealers.

Motor Salvage Operator licences.