Do you need a licence to sell scrap metal, how to apply and pay for a scrap metal dealer's registration, what happens if you don't apply and how to report an unregistered scrap metal dealer.
If you are an individual, partnership or limited company that is carrying on a business as a Scrap Metal Dealer whether or not authorised by a licence, you will require either a Scrap Metal Dealer Site Licence or Scrap Metal Collector Licence within each district you trade-in.
The definition of a Scrap Metal Dealer is 'someone 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'. Or carries on business as a motor salvage operator.
A motor salvage dealer carries on the business which consists:
For more information on on how East Riding of Yorkshire Council will deliver the requirements of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 in relation to both applications and compliance/enforcement activity, and what it expects of its applicants/licence holders. Please read our licensing policy on the below link:
Scrap Metal Policy (pdf 307kb)
If you trade in scrap metal or motor salvage from fixed location within the East Riding of Yorkshire district you need to apply for Scrap Metal Dealer Site Licence.
This is a person that carries on a business as a scrap metal dealer otherwise than at a site and regularly engages in the course of that business in collecting waste materials and old broken/worn-out or defaced articles by means of door-to-door visits. This includes pre-arranged collection of scrap metal.
Scrap metal is defined as 'any old waste or discarded metal or metallic material and 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 only exemption to this is gold and silver, or any alloy which is 2% or more by weight attributable gold or silver.
In most cases you will require a waste carriers permit issued by the Environmental Agency to carry scrap metal and any waste on a vehicle.
For more information and the online application please visit the Environmental Agency.gov website on the below link.
GOV.UK - Register or renew as a waste carrier, broker or dealer (external website)
Applications for a scrap metal dealer licence can only be accepted from persons over 18 years of age.
Applications for a scrap metal dealers licence for within the East Riding should be applied for using the below online application form:
Apply for a scrap metal licence
Along with this application, you must submit all supporting documentation as listed below to email@example.com, applications without all supporting documents will not be accepted will be returned:
A scrap metal dealer licence will last for 3 years once granted.
A tacit consent does not apply to this application, meaning that your application will not be automatically granted after a specified period of time. Each application must be considered on its own merit.
Applications to renew and existing licence is due for expiry should be applied for using the below online application form at least 10 working days prior to the expiry.
Along with this application, you must submit all supporting documentation as listed below to firstname.lastname@example.org, but applications without all supporting documents will not be accepted and will be returned and your licence may expire:
From 4 April 2022, Licensing Authorities must carry out certain checks on applications from individuals, companies and any type of partnership to make sure they are aware of their tax responsibilities or have completed a tax check.
New applications will not need to complete a tax check however we must ask them to read the HMRC guidance on the below link what they need to do to be properly registered for tax in the future and they will need to confirm that they have done this.
HMRC Guidance (External Website)
Existing licence holders will have to obtain a tax check access code from the HMRC and submit this on the renewal application. By law the Local Authority must return any renewal application that is submitted without a valid HMRC tax check access code, for more information on this check please read the below question.
Please be aware that under schedule 23 to Finance Act 2011 (Data Gathering Powers) and Schedule to 36 to Finance Act 2008 (Information and Inspection Powers) the HMRC have powers to obtain relevant information from third parties. This includes licensing bodies being required to provide information about licence applicants.
There are relevant offences under The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, to which the Licensing Authority can consider to determine your suitability to hold a licence, and these are provided in the document below:
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (Prescribed Relevant Offences and Relevant Enforcement Action) Regulations 2013 (pdf 28kb)
Licensing Authorities may also take into consideration other aspects as outlined in the below statutory guidance:
Scrap Metal Dealer licensing - Guidance for Licensing Authorities (pdf 173kb)
All payments are made at the end of our online application forms. An officer will contact you to take a payment for a collectors ID badge and plate. Our current fees are listed below.
The Local Authority can consider any information it deems relevant to assess the applicant's suitability to be issued a scrap metal dealer licence.
This may include:
All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
By law the Local Authority must return any renewal application that is submitted without a valid HMRC tax check access code, for more information on this check, please read the below question.
You can apply to change a detail on your licence for example the registered address of the licence holder, change of name or apply for a replacement licence.
The fee for minor changes is £35.
You can also apply to change your collecting vehicle, the fee for this change is £50.
You can also apply to vary your scrap metal dealer site licence to a scrap metal mobile collector's licence.
The fee for this £210.
All requests for a change to your scrap metal dealer licence must be put in writing to the email@example.com email address.
The following offences can be committed under The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
Max Fine Penalty
Carrying on the business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence
Failure to notify the authority of any changes to details given with the application
Failure to display a site licence or collector’s licence
Receiving scrap metal without verifying person's full name and address
Delivering scrap metal to a dealer and giving false details
Buying scrap metal for cash
Failure to keep records regarding receipt of metal
Failure to keep records regarding disposal of metal
Failure to keep records which allow the information and the scrap metal to be identified by reference to one another
Failure to keep copy document used to verify name and address of person bringing scrap metal, or failure to keep a copy of the cheque issued
Failure to keep information and records for three years
Obstruction to right of entry and failure to produce records
If you trade in scrap metal without a valid licence in place you will be committing a criminal offence which on summary of conviction holds a maximum fine of level 5 on the standard scale (Unlimited fine).
The register shows all currently licensed scrap metal dealers within the East Riding of Yorkshire, and includes motor salvage dealers:
Scrap metal site and collectors public register (pdf 435kb)
Please note: a scrap metal dealers' licence expires 3 years from the date granted.
You can also check the licence of a scrap metal dealer on The Environmental Agency public register.
To report an unlicensed scrap metal dealer please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include any information that may assist us with our investigation, such as the address of the collector or the site, collecting vehicle make, model and registration or any advertising.
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