London Borough of Barnet

Scrap metal registration

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 replaces the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 creating a new licence regime for the scrap metal recycling and vehicle dismantling industries.

Transitional arrangements

Existing scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators registered under the old Acts prior to 1st October, will automatically be deemed to have a licence under the new Act from 1st October

Provided existing operators submit an application for a new licence on or before 15th October this deemed licence will last until we either issue them with a licence or we give notice of a decision to refuse a licence (although operators will be able to continue trading pending an appeal against any decision not to grant a licence).

Where existing operators submit an application on or before 15th October but do not supply all the required information with the application form then this deemed licence will still remain in effect after 15th October. Existing operators should therefore submit their applications even if you they are still awaiting their Basic Disclosure Certificate(s).

Where an applicant with a deemed licence fails to submit any application on or before 15th October then the deemed licence will lapse on 16th October and they will be unable to continue to trade.

Who should apply

  • Any person who carries on a business as a scrap metal dealer needs to be registered with the local authority for that area

What is the Definition of Scrap Metal?

"Scrap metal" includes:

(a) Any old, waste or discarded metal or metallic material, and

(b) Any product, article or assembly which is made from or contains metal and is broken, worn out or regarded by its last holder as having reached the end of its useful life. 

But the following are not to be regarded as scrap metal:

(a) Gold,

(b) Silver, and

(c) Any alloy of which 2 per cent or more by weight is attributable to gold or silver.

What types of Licence are available?

There are two types of Licence, one for a site and the other for a mobile collector (for those carrying on business otherwise than at a site). 

A Site Licence permits you to buy and sell scrap metal from a fixed location within the Council area. Each site will have a nominated Site Manager included on the Licence. 

A Collector's Licence permits you to travel within the Council area to collect scrap metal. You may not take this metal back to a site that you run within the Council area in order to sell it. 

You may only apply for one type of Licence in each Council area, but you can apply to include multiple sites in that area on the one Licence.

How to apply

You can apply online. Otherwise please use the attached forms.

The Act states that a Council cannot issue a Licence unless it is satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to carry on the business of a Scrap Metal Dealer.

Therefore, as part of the application process you will have to provide a Basic Disclosure Certificate with the application form for each of the above parties as is relevant to your circumstances (as well as supplying one for each of the proposed Site Managers). Any Certificate produced should not be more than three months old. The Certificate will be returned to the applicant(s) once the application has been processed. 

In assessing an applicant's suitability, the Council can consider any information it considers relevant. Applicants' behaviour in the operation of their business, such as the fact they have been operating for a considerable period of time without planning permission for their site, or that they are not registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) under the Data Protection Act, could be factors that are considered. We will also consult with those parties relevant to the application – inclusing the local police.

We also require 1 x Passport Size Photograph with signed certification form

Registration maintenance

The Licence lasts for 3 years

You are required to notify us of any changes such as:

  • Change of Licence Holder's details (name or address).
  • Change from a Site Licence to a Collector's Licence or vice versa.
  • Changes to the sites licensed (adding, removing or changing details).
  • Change of Site Managers.

(Please note a fee will apply)

Should you cease to carry on the business of a Scrap Metal Dealer ,you must also inform the Council of that fact within 28 days.

Trading Standards Team

North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP

Tel: 08454 04 05 06