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Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 Licences

Any persons wishing to collect or buy scrap metal require a Scrap Metal Dealer Licence and must comply with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
This page tells you more about the Act and provides useful links, including a link to the act itself.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (the Act) came into force on the 1st October 2013.

The Act repealed the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and consolidated scrap metal dealers & motor salvage operators under one licensing regime. Local Authorities act as the main regulator but the Act gives Licensing Authorities more powers, including the power to refuse a licence and powers to revoke licences if the dealer is considered unsuitable. Both the Local Authority and the Police have been given powers to enter and inspect premises.

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 further states that "scrap metal" includes:

  • any old, waste or discarded metal or metallic material; and,
  • 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; and,
  • any alloy of which 2 per cent or more by weight is attributable to gold or silver.

More information

Role of the Licensing Authority

Responsibilities of a Licence Holder

Types of Licence

How to Apply

Guidance and Advice

Public Register

Complaints/Enquiries – Applicants or Licence Holders

Trade Associations