Scrap metal site registration
To be a scrap metal dealer, you need to register with us using this form Registration Form [88kb]
A scrap metal dealer shall be classed as carrying on a business in the local authority area if any of the following apply.
- The dealer occupies a place as a scrap metal store in the area.
- The dealer does not occupy a place as a scrap metal store but has a usual place of residence in the area.
- The dealer does not occupy a place as a scrap metal store but occupies a place for business purposes.
- Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964
- The Act was updated in December 2012 to create a new criminal offence, the law now prohibits scrap metal dealers from paying for scrap metal in cash, only permitting electronic payment or payment by cheque. There is more information in this document: The offence of buying scrap metal for cash [42kb]
Applicants must provide the following:
- Their full name.
- The address of the dealer, or in the case of a company, their registered or principal office.
- The address of each place occupied as a scrap metal store.
- If the business is carried on without a scrap metal store.
- If the business is carried on without a scrap metal store but the applicant. occupies a place for the purposes of business, and the address of such a place.
The registered dealer must notify the local authority of any changes to these details or if they cease to be a scrap metal dealer. In addition, any Scrap Metal Dealer who deals wholly or partly in motor salvage must also be registered under the Motor Salvage Operators Regulations 2000.
Persons dealing in scrap metal, or who have a business dismantling vehicles, must be registered with the Council. The purpose of registration is to prevent crime. Registered persons are required to keep details of stock and are under other obligations with regard to scrapped vehicles. Although Council's maintain the registers, the Police enforce the requirements imposed on registered persons.
Please contact us in the first instance. Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made to us - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If this is insufficient, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.