Motor salvage operator and scrap metal dealer

Motor vehicle salvage operations must be registered with us. You will also need to provide a police check with this form.

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The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force on 1 October 2013.

The Act repeals the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and consolidates scrap metal dealers & motor salvage operators under one licensing regime. Local Authorities will continue to act as the main regulator but the new 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.

Summary of the Act

A "scrap metal dealer" is defined as a person carrying on a business which consists wholly or in part of buying or selling scrap metal, whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which it is bought, this includes motor salvage operators.

"Scrap metal" includes:

(a) any old, waste or discarded metal or metallic material, and
(b) 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":

(a) gold,
(b) silver, and
(c) any alloy of which 2 per cent or more by weight is attributable to gold or silver

Transitional Arrangements

  • All scrap metal dealers can apply for a scrap metal dealer's licence from 1st October 2013
  • A scrap metal dealer who is currently registered under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 or Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 needs to submit an application on or by 15 October 2013 and will be deemed to have a temporary licence which is valid until a licence decision is issued.
  • Local authorities will complete checks to assess applicants' suitability to hold a licence between 15 October 2013 and 1 December 2013.
  • If a registered scrap metal dealer does not submit an application on or by 15 October 2013 their deemed licence will lapse on 16 October 2013. A deemed temporary licence which has lapsed does not give rise to a right to appeal. The dealer must submit an application and wait for a licence to be issued before they can trade legally.
  • A local authority can impose conditions on a deemed temporary licence pending an appeal for the refusal of a licence.
  • Scrap metal dealers who are not registered under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 or the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 can apply for a scrap metal dealer's licence from 1 October 2013 but must wait for a licence to be issued before they can trade legally.
  • The offence of buying scrap metal for cash will come into force on 1 October 2013.
  • Local authority officers and police officers will have the right to enter and inspect sites from 1 October 2013.
  • The majority of the other enforcement provisions within the Act will come into force on 1 December 2013.