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Apply for a scrap metal dealer licence

From 1 October 2013 a new law requires you to hold a licence from Swindon Borough Council if your business is to collect, buy or sell scrap metal in the Swindon Borough Council area. Motor salvage operators also require a Site licence.

There are two types of licence:

  1. A site licence allows the licence holder to buy and sell scrap from a fixed location in the Swindon Borough Council area. Guidance notes (PDF)
  2. A collector’s licence authorises the licence holder to operate as a mobile collector who travels within the Swindon Borough Council area to collect scrap metal from commercial/domestic premises. Mobile collectors are required to be licensed with every local authority in whose area they operate. Guidance notes (PDF).

How to apply

Application for a scrap metal licence (PDF)

All applicants are required to disclose any relevant convictions and enforcement action on their application form. Applicants must also provide a Basic Disclosure document with their application, available through Disclosure Scotland (the issuing body for such certificates, which happens to be located in Scotland).

The application form must be submitted with the correct application fee, which in this borough is

either:

  • £578 (if applying for one or more site licences in this borough);
    or
  • £322 (if applying for a collector's licence for within this borough).

The licences last for 3 years.

Waste carrier registration

Individuals applying for a collector's licence are expected to be a registered waste carrier. You can register as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency.

Advice

Please note that the licensing team cannot give more detailed advice about the completion of forms and therefore you may wish to obtain independent legal advice before submitting your application.

For further information, visit: GOV.UK - Scrap metal dealer licence

 

Last updated: 13 April 2018. Was this information helpful?

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