Scrap Metal Dealers

The dealing in scrap metal or the running of a scrap metal business is controlled by the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964

No person may carry on the business of a scrap metal dealer unless they are registered to do so by their Local Authority

Registration as a scrap metal dealer lasts for 3 years and must be renewed on or before the expiry date if the registered person wishes to carry on as a scrap metal dealer.

Council duties

Before registering any person as a scrap metal dealer the Council will require the following information:
  • the full name of the dealer
  • the address of the dealer or in the case of a body corporate the registered or principal office
  • the address of each place in the council’s area that is or will be used as a scrap metal store
  • if the business is carried on from the applicants place of residence, notice of that fact
  • if premises are used for a scrap metal business but not as a scrap metal store, notice of that fact and the address of the premises.
The Council must be notified within 28 days of any alterations to a registered person's or business' particulars, or if the business ceases to operate.

The local authority maintains a register of scrap metal details which can be viewed on the Council’s website

Apply for a Licence
Applications can be made on line on the Council’s website
There is currently no application fee for registration of a scrap metal dealer.

Public Register

The public register of existing licences/consents/permits/registrations can be viewed on the Council’s website

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Page last updated on: 21/08/2009