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Scrap metal dealer licence

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013​

Licence Summary

Any person operating a business as a scrap metal dealer in the City of London (the square mile) must be authorised by the City of London Corporation to do so.

A scrap metal dealer is

  • Any person who carries on a business which consists of buying or selling of scrap metal (whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which it was bought) or
  • Any person who carries on a business as a motor salvage operator

There are two types of scrap metal dealer licences.

A site licence issued by the City of London Corporation authorises the licensee to carry on a business at any site in the City of London (the square mile) which has been identified in the licence. Each site must have a site manager.

A collector's licence issued by the City of London Corporation authorises the licensee to carry on a business as a mobile collector within the City of London (the Square Mile).

If you would like more advice or assistance with a registration please contact the licensing team by phone on 020 7332 3406 or send an email to the Licensing Team.

Eligibility criteria

A scrap metal dealer shall be classed as carrying on a business in the City of London area if any of the following apply:

  • the dealer occupies a place as a scrap metal store in the area; or
  • the dealer does not occupy a place as a scrap metal store but has a usual place of residence in the area; or
  • the dealer does not occupy a place as a scrap metal store but occupies a place for business purposes.

Regulation summary

​A summary of the regulation relating to this registration can be found on the government's Legislation website.

Application evaluation process

​Applicants must provide the following:

  • their full name
  • the address of the dealer, or in the case of a company, their registered or principal office
  • the address of each place occupied as a scrap metal store, if any
  • if the business is carried on without a scrap metal store
  • if the business is carried on without a scrap metal store but the applicant occupies a place for the purposes of business, and the address of such a place.

The registered dealer must notify the Licensing Authority of any changes to these details or if they cease to be a scrap metal dealer. There is currently no fee for this type of application.

Will tacit consent apply?

​No - If an application is opposed. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the Licensing Authority within a reasonable period, please contact the licensing team by phone on 020 7332 3406 or by email to the Licensing Team.

Failed application or licence holder redress

​Please contact the Licensing Authority in the first instance by phone on 020 7332 3406 or send an email to the Licensing Team.

Consumer complaint

​Any person who has concerns about a premises operating without the required registration or wishes to make a complaint about a registered premises should contact the Licensing team by phone on 020 7332 3406 or send an email to the Licensing Team.

Any person who is suffering noise or nuisance associated with registered premises should contact the Pollution team by phone on 020 7332 3630 or email the Team

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