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The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 replaces previous registration requirements for scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators from 1 October 2013. After that date, applications must be made for mobile collector’s licences under the new legislation.

Collector’s must submit an application and wait for a licence to be issued before they can trade legally.






Background - Mobile Licence

Mobile Licence

A collectors licence authorises the licensee to carry on business as a mobile collector in a given local authority’s geographical area only. A mobile collector is defined as a person who:


a) Carries on business as a scrap metal dealer otherwise than at a site, and;

b) Regularly engages, in the course of that business, in collecting waste materials and old, broken, worn out or defaced articles by means of visits from door to door (section 22(4)).  

A person carries on business as a scrap metal dealer if a person “carries on a business which consists wholly or partly in buying or selling scrap metal…” (section 21(2) (a)).


A mobile collector's licence will cover any employees working for that business. If they are not employed directly by that mobile collector’s business and are self-employed, they will need their own collector’s licence even if they are collecting metal from the same van as a person who has a mobile collectors licence.


A licensee who holds a mobile collectors licence must display a copy of the licence on any vehicle that is being used in the course of the dealers business so as to be read easily by a person outside the vehicle (section 10 (3) (4)). It is an offence not to do this.


You cannot hold a mobile collector’s licence and site licence for the same local authority area.








Application Process

1. Applicants are able to complete applications quickly and easily online, relevant to your licensing needs i.e. sole trader, partnership or limited company.


2. The application form allows for the provision of details to be included such as relevant offences, as required within the new act.


3. YourEnvironment will review your application and ascertain if any further information is required in order to be able to grant your application.


4. YourEnvironment, will on your behalf, submit a Basic Disclosure Certificate for all persons listed on the application.


5. Payment is made online for a fixed fee of £749.99 for a mobile collector’s licence fee.


During the application process Tacit Consent does not apply, as it is in the public interest that consultation with relevant authorities is undertaken, before the licence is granted.


If you require more information please call YourEnvironment on 01243 787150.