How to apply for a scrap metal licence

Licence summary

Under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, we must not issue or renew a scrap metal licence unless we are satisfied that an applicant is a suitable person to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer. 

How we decide suitability to trade

To determine this we will consider any information that is considered to be relevant. This may include whether the applicant or site manager has:

  • Ever been convicted of a relevant offence or enforcement action
  • Had a previous refusal of a licence application or renewal
  • Been refused a relevant environmental permit
  • Had a scrap metal licence revoked
  • Demonstrated that there will be adequate procedures in place to ensure the provisions of the Act are complied with

Information about any previous convictions and offences is confirmed on a basic disclosure certificate from Disclosure Scotland obtained by an applicant for them self and any other person named on the application form.

Bank account details

From 1 October 2013, under Section 12 of the Act, cash cannot be used by any scrap metal dealer to buy or sell scrap metal. Only payment by a non-transferable cheque or an electronic transfer of funds will be acceptable and this will mean that payments will be able to be linked to a readily available bank account. This is why the application form asks for your bank details which you will use to pay people for scrap metal you buy or sell. For more information see section five of the guidance notes.

Last updated: 17/10/2013 09:30