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Scrap Metal Licensing

 

The Government has introduced new legislation in which existing scrap metal legislation will be repealed and a new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 will be introduced nationally from 1 December 2013. The new legislation places the requirement on current Scrap Metal Dealers to obtain a Licence (instead of a registration) to operate as a Scrap Metal Dealer and the Licence will last for 3 years. Licences will be available for Site (premises) and Mobile (itinerant) Collectors. 

Under the new Act (Section 21) a person carries on business as a scrap metal dealer if the person:

  • Carries on business which 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 business as a motor salvage operator.

Site Licence (premises)

A Site Licence from Gateshead Council will authorise an Applicant to operate a business as a Scrap Metal Dealer within the Borough of Gateshead area only. A site manager must be named for each site and the Licence will authorise him/her to operate from those sites as a Scrap Metal Dealer, including transporting scrap metal to and from those sites from any local area. A Motor Salvage Operator will need to obtain a Site Licence.

It is important that scrap metal dealers only deal with properly licensed persons, and they are able to demonstrate through proper record keeping that they have complied with this obligation, otherwise they may be committing an offence.

Site Licence application form (578Kb)

Collector Licence (Itinerant)

A Collector Licence from Gateshead Council will authorise an applicant to operate as a mobile collector of scrap metal (commercial and domestic) in the Borough of Gateshead area only. Please note that a Collector’s Licence does not permit a collector to operate from any other local authority area. A separate licence must be obtained from each local authority area in which an individual wishes to collect. 

Please note that Section 2(9) of the of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 states:

  • 'A person may hold more than one licence issued by different local authorities but may not hold more than one licence by any one authority.'

The following businesses will need to comply with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 by 1 December 2013:

  • Scrap Metal Dealers who operate from a Site in the Borough of Gateshead and do not collect scrap metal.
  • Scrap Metal Dealers who act as Mobile (Itinerant) Collectors but do not operate from a Site but collect scrap metal within the Borough of Gateshead.
  • Motor Salvage Operators who operate from a Site in the Borough of Gateshead.
  • All other businesses who buy or sell scrap metal in the Borough of Gateshead during the course of their business in Gateshead. However, this does not include businesses who buy or sell scrap metal which is incidental to the operation of their business. 

Collector Licence application form (557Kb)

What to do next – Site Licence

1. Application Form

Complete a Site Licence application form (578Kb) and submit it to the Council. 

If a person/partnership/company is currently registered with Gateshead Council as a Scrap Metal Dealer they must submit their application between 1 October 2013 and 15 October 2013. If they fail to submit their application within these dates they will not be able to continue to operate on their current registration beyond 15th October 2013. In this situation they will have to cease trading until their application is determined by Gateshead Council. 

2. Criminal Record Check

As part of the application process Gateshead Council must be satisfied that an applicant is a suitable person/partnership/company to be issued with a Scrap Metal Dealer Site Licence and this process will involve a Basic Criminal Records Check. An applicant, and other persons who may include a site manager, business partner, director, shadow director, company secretary, will therefore need to contact Disclosure Scotland and obtain a Basic Criminal Record Disclosure Certificate and submit it to the Council with your application. As part of the suitability checking process consultation may also be undertaken with other Local Authorities, Environment Agency, Trading Standards, Planning Authority, Information Commissioner’s Office, Security Industry Authority, and Northumbria Police. If an applicant (and other persons as stated above) are unable to obtain a Disclosure Scotland Certificate by 15 October 2013 they should still submit an application and it will be held ‘in abeyance’ until the Disclosure Scotland Certificate has been received by the Council. In these circumstances an applicant will still be able to continue to operate under their current scrap metal registration until 1 December 2013.

3. Fee

A fee of £346 must be paid at the time of making an application for a Site Licence. A further fee maybe payable during the 3 year duration of the licence if any changes are made. 

What to do Next – Collector Licence

1. Application Form

Complete a Collector Licence application form (557Kb) and submit it to the Council. 

If a person is currently registered as a Mobile (itinerant) Scrap Metal Dealer they must submit an application between 1 October 2013 and 15 October 2013. If an application is not made within these dates a collector will not be able to continue to operate beyond 15 October 2013. In this situation a collector must cease trading until their application is determined by Gateshead Council. 

Please be aware that if a collector is assisted by any person(s) in the collection of scrap metal then this person(s) must also have a Scrap Metal Collector Licence. The only circumstance in which they will not be required to have a  Licence is if this person(s) is directly employed by a holder of a Collector Licence. Should a person be stopped by Police and/or Licensing Officers whilst in the process of collecting/transporting scrap metal each person (in or around the vehicle) will be asked to show their Collector Licence and/or proof of employment (eg pay slips etc). Should this information not be provided then legal action will be taken under Section 10(5) of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

2. Criminal Record Check

As part of the application process Gateshead Council must be satisfied that an applicant is a suitable person/company to be issued with a Scrap Metal Dealer Collector Licence and this process will involve a Basic Criminal Records Check. An applicant will therefore need to contact Disclosure Scotland and obtain a Basic Criminal Record Disclosure Certificate and submit it to the Council with the application. As part of the suitability checking process consultation may also be undertaken with other Local Authorities, Environment Agency, Trading Standards, Planning Authority, Information Commissioner’s Office, Security Industry Authority, and Northumbria Police. 

If a person is currently registered as a Mobile Collector and they cannot obtain a Disclosure Scotland Certificate by 15 October 2013 they should still submit an application and it will be held ‘in abeyance’ until the Disclosure Scotland Certificate has been received by the Council. In these circumstances a person will still be able to continue to operate under their current scrap metal registration until 1 December 2013.

3. Fee

A fee of £144 must be paid at the time of making the application for a Collector Licence. A further fee maybe payable during the 3 year duration of the licence if any changes are made.

4. Passport photos and Driver’s Licence

An applicant must provide two passport photos with their application and a copy of their current DVLA driver's licence. If they do not have a DVLA driver's licence then they must advise which Scrap Metal Licence Holder (and vehicle) they will be working with.

5. Vehicle Details

An applicant must provide a copy their vehicle’s V5 (log book) that will be used for scrap metal collection. If they do not have a vehicle then they will need to advise which vehicle (and Scrap Metal Licence Holder) they intend to work from.

If an applicant requires any further information they should contact the Licensing Section on 0191 433 4741.

Contact Us

Licensing
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

Email: licensing@gateshead.gov.uk
Phone: 0191 433 4741