A scrap metal dealer is defined as someone whose business consists wholly or partly in buying or selling scrap metal, whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which it was bought; or carries on a business as a motor salvage operator.
Where the sale of scrap metal is incidental to the main type of work or business undertaken then no licence will be required.
In order for anyone to carry on a business as a scrap metal dealer they need to have a licence. The London Borough of Hillingdon issues licences that last for a period of three years.
Every scrap metal dealer is required to have a licence under The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 and operating without a licence is a criminal offence.
There are two types of licence:
For more information read the scrap metal dealers act 2013: supplementary guidance which is available on the gov.uk website.
Applications will need to be made to the local authority in which the site is located, or in the case of a collector to the authority that covers the area where the collector wishes to operate. A collector may have a number of licences for different local authority areas. It is not permitted to hold a collectors licence and a site licence in the same authority area.
The following supporting information is required:
The following information is also required when making your application:
If you need more help in completing the application then call your local council licensing team. They will be happy to help.
Applications will be administered as soon as possible and in most cases within 10 working days.
In some cases the council may propose to refuse an application, or revoke or vary a licence or to add a condition on a licence.
In this instances the applicant will be notified and the reasons for the decision will be given.
The notification will give the applicant or licensee the opportunity to make representations or let the council know they wish to make representations in respect of the decision.
The applicant or licensee will be given 14 days to do this.
During the application process the council reserve the right to liaise with the police, the council's regulatory unit (Anti-Social Behaviour Team) and the council's Planning Department to help ascertain whether the applicant or site is considered suitable.
In some instances you could also face the following conditions:
A council may revoke a licence at any time and close unlicensed sites.
The penalty for operating without a licence is £5,000 fine.
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