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Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 comes into force on the 1st October 2013. The new legislation requires that any persons collecting, buying or selling scrap requires a Scrap Metal Dealer Licence issued by this council.

There are two types of licence:

• A site licence (3 Years)
• A collector’s licence (3 Years)

An application needs to be made for your licence and a fee payable to the Council. The new application form is attached as well as the fees list. You will also need to submit a basic criminal record disclosure report no older than a month old as part of the application process. Any persons who carry out a business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence may be liable on conviction to maximum fine of £5,000.

Your site licence will allow you to operate a site and collect any scrap relevant to that site.

Your collector’s licence will allow you to collect scrap only within the authority area that it was issued. You will need to apply for collector’s licenses from separate authorities should you wish to operate in more than one Council area.

Please note these do not replace the Waste Carrier’s Licence. To collect scrap in the Aylesbury Vale area you will be required to hold a licence issued by the relevant Council and a Waste Carrier’s Licence that is issued by the Environment Agency.


The fees set have been created following guidance published by the Secretary of State. The application process does require the applicant and anyone named on the licence such as a site manager to provide a Basic Criminal Disclosure.  A fees list can be downloaded below.

A Basic Disclosure certificate can be obtained through ‘Disclosure Scotland’ who can be contacted as below:

Telephone Helpline 0870 609 6006 (calls charged at national rates)
The Helpline is available during the following hours:- Monday to Friday – 8.00 am to 6.00 pm

Fax No. 0870 609 6996 (calls charged at national rates)


Should you need to contact this department for assistance, please email

Date Updated: 15/01/14


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