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Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

This act repealed the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and Motor Salvage Operators Regulation 2002. It introduced one operating licence from 1 October 2013.

Councils are the main regulators of the licence. The act gives councils more powers of control, such as refusal of a licence or revocation of a licence if the dealer is considered unsuitable or the operators are not abiding to the legislative requirements set out in their application.

The police and council now have powers of entry for inspection of scrap metal premises.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a scrap metal licence you should fill in the application form scrap metal licence (DOC/18KB/9 pages).

When you have filled in the form, you should return it, all disclosure certificates and the relevant fee to the Licensing Group.

Main requirements of the act

  • motor salvage operators are now included
  • there is now a requirement for all metal dealers to complete applications and disclosures and satisfy the council that they are genuine traders
  • all applicants of the licence must now apply for a Basic Disclosure Certificate. You can apply for this through Disclosure Scotland. All named people on the scrap metal licence form must provide a certificate. This includes the site manager and director
  • all sellers of metal must provide ID at point of sale which is recorded and retained by the scrap metal dealer
  • cash must no longer be given as payment for scrap metals. Sellers must be paid by BACS or cheque (or another traceable method). This will now apply to all collectors of scrap metal
  • there will be two licences available: a site licence or a collector's licence


Site licence (3 years) (DOC/23KB/3 pages)

Collectors licence (3 years) (DOC/23KB/3 pages)

Variations to the above licences (DOC/23KB/3 pages)

Guidance Notes

For additional information you can also view the scrap metal guidance notes (PDF/449KB/5 pages)