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Licensing

Itinerant metal dealer licence

Apply and pay for an itinerant metal dealer licence.

Licence summary

  • If you act as an itinerant - or travelling metal dealer - you must be licensed by the local authority.
  • Such a licence will allow you to sell scrap metal anywhere in Scotland.

Please note that if you pay by credit card you must pay a 2% administration charge.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a fit and proper person and not be disqualified from holding a licence.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulations covering this licence can be found at:

Application evaluation process

  • Your application must be in writing (including by electronic means), in the form specified by the Local Authority and accompanied by any requested fee.
  • Public notice of the application may be given in a local newspaper and objections may be considered.
  • The Local Authority may make such reasonable inquiries as they think fit and include the results of these inquiries in matters they take into account, but where they intend to include any of these results they must notify you.
  • You may be given the opportunity to make representations.
  • A fee will be payable.

Will 'Tacit Consent' apply?

Yes, where the local authority fails to make a decision within six months of receipt of the application, the licence is deemed to be granted or renewed.

What happens if I don't hear from the council within the specified time?

No. 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 local authority within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Fee

  • A metal dealing licence costs £350.
  • An application to change an itinerant metal dealer licence costs £40.00.
  • There is no cost to surrender an itinerant metal dealer licence.

Apply online

Failed application redress

Please contact the council in the first instance:

East Renfrewshire Council
Legal services
Council Headquarters
Eastwood Park,
Rouken Glen Road
Giffnock
G46 6UG
Telephone: 0141 577 4684

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • Erred in law.
  • Used incorrect material fact when making their decision.
  • Acted contrary to natural justice.
  • Didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner.

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Licence holder redress

Please contact the council in the first instance:

East Renfrewshire Council
Legal services
Council Headquarters
Eastwood Park,
Rouken Glen Road
Giffnock
G46 6UG
Telephone: 0141 577 4684

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked follow the UK government: Consumer rights advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

If you wish to make any objection or representation in relation to an application this must be in writing.

If you unsuccessfully made any objection or representation to an application, subject to you have taken all steps open to you in the consideration of the application by the Licensing Authority, you can appeal to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • Erred in law.
  • Used incorrect material fact when making their decision.
  • Acted contrary to natural justice.
  • Didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner.

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Other redress

  • None

Trade associations

  • None


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