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Scrap metal licensing

Introduction

If you buy, sell or collect scrap metal in North Tyneside you will need a licence from us.

On 1 October 2013, the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force and replaced all of the existing legislation for motor salvage operators and scrap metal dealers.

There are two types of licence - site and collector. They last for a period of 3 years unless revoked.

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Site licence

The Act defines a site as 'any premises used in the course of carrying on business as a scrap metal dealer (whether or not metal is kept there)'. A dealer also includes someone carrying on business as a motor salvage operator.

All the sites where a licensee carries on business as a scrap metal dealer must be identified, and a site manager named for each site. This licence allows the licensee to transport scrap metal to and from those sites from any local authority area.

Fees

Licence fees
Licence Fee

New application

£350

Variation application

£55

Renewal application

£320

Collector's licence

A collector is defined as 'a person who carries on business as a scrap metal dealer otherwise than at a site, and regularly engages in the course of that business in collecting waste materials and old, broken, worn out or defaced articles by means of door to door visits'.

This allows the licensee to operate as a collector in the area of the issuing local authority. It does not allow the collector to operate in any other local authority area, so a separate licence has to be obtained from each council that the collector wishes to operate in. The licence does not authorise the licensee to operate a site; to do so you will need a site licence from the relevant local authority.

If you have employees collecting with you they will not require a licence if it can be proved that they are employed by you. Alternatively, any person collecting scrap metal will require a licence

Fees

Licence fees
Licence Fee

New application

£160

Variation application

£55

Renewal application

£100

Administrative charge
(including copy of licence)

£10

Application process

You must provide:

  • application form
  • 1 passport style photograph of you (collectors)
  • basic DBS disclosure certificate
  • fee

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we assess your suitability before any licence is issued.

Failed application redress

Contact us in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Contact us in the first instance.

Contact Licensing

Contact us

Licensing
Block C
The Killingworth Site
Harvey Combe
Killingworth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE12 6UB

Telephone: (0191) 643 2175
Email: Licensing

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