Enforcement of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

Police and council enforcement powers

Scrap metal dealers collectors licence


The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 made the powers of entry that previously existed clearer. The previous act allowed councils to only inspect unlicensed premises and the police only licensed sites. Council and police officers may now both inspect all types of sites: licensed and unlicensed.

More information is available at Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (legislation.gov.uk)

Mobile collectors

As the enforcement powers in the act focus on activities on scrap metal sites, licensed or unlicensed, we are limited to checking that licences are correctly displayed in the vehicles of mobile collectors. All collectors licensed by us are issued with an internal badge which must be displayed in the windscreen of their vehicle.

Police officers have more scope to stop, search and inspect vehicles of mobile collectors,  not only under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, but also under wider considerations such as whether the vehicle is roadworthy, possession of vehicle insurance and current road tax.

Reporting an unlicensed collector

If you see a mobile scrap collector who you believe is unlicensed, then telephone the police on the non-emergency number of 101. 

You would need to give the details of the vehicle, its make, colour, vehicle registration number, and any trading name it may have written on it.

Last updated: ‎19‎/‎07‎/‎2022‎ ‎12‎:‎04‎