How to apply and guidance notes Click to get info
- Read the guidance notes provided
- Download and complete the application form. All relevant parts must be completed. Incomplete applications cannot be considered
- Basic disclosure certificates for every person listed on the application must be provided along with any other required documentation (see guidance notes)
- Applications for a Collectors Licence must include a passport-size photograph of the applicant. A Collectors Licence will only be issued after photographic identification and proof of living at the address stated (such as utility bills) have been seen and verified by the Licensing Authority
The application along with the appropriate fee must be submitted in person or by post to:
The Licensing Service
Waltham Forest Town Hall
London E17 4SU
Fees Click to get info
Payments can be made online
Please note, under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, a scrap metal dealer must obtain a licence in order to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer. It is an offence to carry on a business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence. This offence is punishable on summary of conviction with a fine up to £5,000.
Please contact Waltham Forest Direct on 020 8496 3000 and ask for the licensing team in the first instance for matters concerning:
- Licence holder redress
- Failed application redress
- Other redress - includes complaints relating to another aspect of the operation such as noise, pollution or public health
The 2 types of licences Click to get info
There are two new licences both of which will be valid for 3 years from the date of issue.
- A site licence will be required where a business is carried on as a scrap metal dealer at a premises
- A site manager will be required to be named for each site
- The licence holder will then be permitted to operate from that site as a scrap metal dealer including transporting to and from those sites from any local authority
- Authorises the licensee to operate as a mobile collector in the area of the issuing local authority, permitting them to collect scrap metal as appropriate
- This includes commercial as well as domestic scrap metal
- If a mobile collector operates within more than one local authority's district, a licence will be required for each authority in which he/she operates
Eligibility criteria Click to get info
a) Carry on a 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 brought, or
b) Carry on a business as a motor salvage operator (so far as that does not fall within paragraph (a)).
For the purposes of (a), a person who manufactures articles is not regarded as selling scrap metal if that person sells scrap metal only as a by-product of manufacturing articles or as surplus materials not required for manufacturing them.
For the purposes of (b), a person carries on business as a motor salvage operator if the person carries on a business which consists:
a) Wholly or partly in recovering salvageable parts from motor vehicles for re-use or sale and subsequently selling or otherwise disposing of the rest of the vehicle for scrap;
b) Wholly or mainly in buying written-off vehicles and subsequently repairing and reselling them,
c) Wholly or mainly in buying or selling motor vehicles which are to be the subject (whether immediately or on a subsequent re-sale) of any of the activities mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b), or
d) Wholly or mainly activities falling within paragraphs (b) and (c).
A “scrap metal dealer” is a person who carries on the business as a scrap metal dealer, whether or not authorised by a licence.
Will tacit consent apply? Click to get info
No. Your registration will not be automatically granted as it is in the public interest that your application is processed before it can be granted to ensure public policy. If you have not heard from us within 28 days of submitting your application, please contact a member of the licensing service.
Changes in circumstances Click to get info
The registered dealer must notify the council of any changes in circumstances or if they cease to be a scrap metal licence holder. A fee may be required to perform any changes, please contact the council for information.
Key features of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act Click to get info
The new regime has been introduced to tackle the growth of metal theft offences. The Act aims to do this by raising trading standards across the scrap metal industry by:
- Requiring all individuals and businesses to complete an enhanced application process to obtain a scrap metal licence. Local authorities will have the power to turn down unsuitable applicants
- Giving local authorities the power to revoke a licence
- Requiring all sellers of metal to provide personal identification at the point of sale, which is then recorded by the scrap metal dealer
- Extending the offence of buying metal with cash to itinerant metal collectors
- New powers for the police and local authorities to enter and inspect sites
- Creating a central public register, hosted by the Environment Agency, of all individuals and businesses licensed as scrap metal dealers
- Widening the definition of a scrap metal dealer to include motor salvage operators
See summary of the regulation relating to this licence on the Office of Public Sector information website.