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Scrap Metal Dealer's Act 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (the Act) received Royal Assent on the 28 February 2013, delivering much needed reform of the scrap metal sector. The 2013 Act provides effective and proportionate regulation of the sector, creating a more robust, local authority run, licensing regime that will support legitimate dealers yet provide the powers to effectively tackle unscrupulous operators. It will raise trading standards across the whole sector.

The Act allows local authorities to decide who should and should not be licensed, allowing them to refuse a licence upon application or to revoke a licence at any time if they are not satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to carry on business as a Scrap Metal Dealer. The Act also creates closure powers for unscrupulous dealers who operate without a licence. It extends the record keeping requirements placed upon Scrap Metal Dealers and requires the verification of the people Scrap Metal Dealer’s are transacting with. The Act integrates the separate regulation for motor salvage operators with the scrap metal sector and bring to an end the cash exemption given to some collectors under the 1964 Act.

Trading without a licence is a criminal offence.  The following links therefore provide key information regarding the transitional arrangements between the 1964 and 2013 Acts; who needs a licence; the types of licences available, the procedure for applying for a licence (including links to the application forms and fees), details of how an application will be assessed; and the associated appeal procedures should an application be refused.

Key Links:

Who needs a Licence?
The Licences
Assessing the Application
Appeal Procedures