The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 requires all scrap metal dealers to hold a licence with their local authority. Additional guidance on the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 is also available.
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
Scrap metal does not include:
- any alloy of which 2% or more by weight is attributable to gold or silver
The new Act gives Local Authorities more powers of control, for example refusal of a licence or revocation of a licence if the dealer is considered 'unsuitable', or the operators are not abiding to the legislative requirements set out in their application. The Police and Local Authority now have powers of entry for inspection of scrap metal premises.
There are two types of licence: a site licence and a collector's licence. You cannot hold both a site and collector's licence issued by the same council at the same time.
Licences can be issued to an individual, a partnership or a company and are valid for 3 years.