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Scrap Metal Licences

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 repeals the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and Motor Salvage Operators Regulation 2002 and introduces one operating licence. Local Authorities will be the main regulator of this new licence.

Under the Act, we can, for example: refuse a licence or revocation of a licence if the dealer is considered 'unsuitable', or not abiding to the requirements set out in their application. Together with the Police we have powers of enter and inspect all scrap metal premises in Eden.

Main requirements of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

  • Motor Salvage Operators are now included;

  • There is now a requirement for all metal dealers to complete appropriate applications and disclosures and satisfy their local authority that they are genuine traders;

  • All applicants of the licence must now apply for a Basic Disclosure Certificate. Applications can be made online through Disclosure Scotland(opens new window). All named people on the application form must apply and provide us with a certificate; this would include the site manager and director;

  • All sellers of metal must provide ID at point of sale which is recorded and retained by the scrap metal dealer. This may be inspected by the Police and Local Authority at any time;

  • Cash must no longer be given as payment for scrap metals. Sellers must be paid by BACS or cheque (or another electronic traceable method). This will now apply to all collectors of scrap metal;

  • There will be two licences available: a site licence or a collector's licence. Please see the table below for the cost of these licences.


Licence Fees
Site Licence (3 years)


Collector's Licence (3 years)


Variations to the Licence (per variation)


How to apply for a scrap metal dealers licence

  1. Complete the scrap metal licence application form (PDF: 247Kb / 12 pages)or alternatively call 01768 212490 to request an application pack.

  2. When you return your application please include all Disclosure Certificates as required in the application pack. Please only send originals as we will not accept copies.

  3. If you wish to include the fee at this point please make cheques payable to 'Eden District Council'. You will be sent a receipt for this. Please do not send cash in the post. If you wish to pay by cash or by card please make the payment in person at Mansion House, Penrith.

  4. Applicants will be contacted to arrange a meeting with the Community Warden(s). If you are a collector you must come in to Mansion House for this meeting. Those applying for a site licence will be visited by the Wardens at their proposed site.

  5. At the meeting the applicants will be asked to provide a form of identification, such as a passport or photo card driving licence to confirm their full name, date of birth and address. The Community Wardens will go through the requirements of the legislation and check that the applicant is aware of the legal requirements in operating as a Scrap Metal Dealer. At this meeting you may wish to produce original copies of your identification, Environment Agency certificates or Basic Disclosure certificate. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have.

  6. If a licence is approved we aim to issue it within 5 working days. You must not operate in Eden until you have this licence.

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For further information:

  • Contact: Senior Community Warden
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01768 212490
  • Fax: 01768 890732
  • Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG
Cars stacked two high at scrap metal yard

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