Scrap metal dealer licence

1. Overview

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 replaced the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and the Motor Salvage Operators Regulation 2002.

Provisions of the Act include:

  • the requirement of metal dealers to satisfy their local authority that they are a legitimate trader
  • all sellers of metal must provide verifiable ID at point of sale which is recorded and retained by the dealer
  • there will be two types of licence available: a site licence or a collector's licence
  • there will be a single national publicly available register of all scrap metal dealers.

Under the Act we must not issue a licence unless we are satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer.

In the case of a partnership this means assessing the suitability of each of the partners in the partnership, while in the case of a company it means assessing the suitability of any directors, company secretaries or shadow directors.

Therefore, as part of the new application process, an applicant will be required to provide a basic disclosure certificate for these persons from Disclosure Scotland along with their application form.

For further information, please contact the Licensing Team on 0161 474 4181 or email