Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

Commencing on the 1st of October 2013, the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 repealed the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964. The new Act which received Royal Assent on 28 February 2013 consolidates scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators under one licensing regime.

Key features of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act include:

  • All individuals and businesses will now complete an enhanced application process to obtain a scrap metal dealer licence, which includes a basic criminal disclosure.
  • Local authorities will have the power to turn down unsuitable applicants and the power to revoke a licence.
  • All sellers of metal will provide personal identification at the point of sale, this will then be recorded by the scrap metal dealer.
  • The new Act extends the offence of buying metal with cash to itinerant metal collectors.
  • There are new powers for the police and local authorities to enter and inspect sites.
  • There will be a central public register hosted by the Environment Agency.
  • All individuals and businesses carrying on the business of a scrap metal dealer will require a licence.
  • The definition of a scrap metal dealer now includes motor salvage operator.

Applying for a licence

The official guidance which Bolton Council will use for determining the suitability of an applicant to hold a scrap metal dealer licence can be found on the Downloads tab, as can a guide on the application process.

I want to complain or comment on a scrap metal dealer

If you wish to compliment, complain or comment on a scrap metal dealer please use the form on the Do it online tab.

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