Scrap Metal Sites and Collectors

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 replaced the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and the Motor Salvage Operators Regulation 2002 from 1st October 2013.

Provisions of the Act include the following:

The requirement for metal dealers to satisfy their local authority that they are a legitimate trader;

  • All sellers of metal must provide verifiable ID at point of sale which is recorded and retained by the dealer
  • A cashless offence will apply to all scrap metal dealers including ‘mobile/itinerant collectors' who conduct house to house collections
  • There will be two types of licence available: a site licence or a collector's licence
  • There will be a single national publicly available register of all scrap metal dealers

Under the Act we must not issue a licence unless we are satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer. In the case of a partnership this means assessing the suitability of each of the partners in the partnership, while in the case of a company it means assessing the suitability of any directors, company secretaries or shadow directors.

Therefore as part of the new application process an applicant will be required to provide a Basic Disclosure certificate for these persons from Disclosure Scotland to submit along with their application form.

Apply by post

Your application form, supporting documents and fee should be sent to:

Licensing, Worcester City Council, Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY

The application form can be downloaded here:

Scrap Metal Site/Collector application form and guidance 

The fees payable for licences can be found on our licensing fees and charges page.