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Licensing

Metal dealer's licence

Apply and pay for a scrap metal dealers registration.

Licence summary

To be a scrap metal dealer operating from premises, you need a premises metal dealer's licence from the local authority. However, a metal dealer's licence is not required by a person who has either an exemption warrant or a temporary exemption warrant. A metal dealer's licence will specify the activity which you may engage in and the place where you can carry out your business.

Eligibility criteria

You must not be disqualified from holding a licence, and you must be fit to be the holder of the licence.

The premises or vehicle you use in order to carry out the work must be suitable for that purpose.

You must not have applied for the same licence within the last year, unless there has been a material change in your circumstances since your last application.

A metal dealer's licence is not required by a person who has either an exemption warrant or a temporary exemption warrant.

An exemption warrant can be issued by the licensing authority where a certificate from the auditor of the metal dealer's business is produced, which states that, in a financial year within the preceding 18 months, the total amount received by the dealer in respect of metal sold or supplied exceeded £100,000.

A temporary exemption warrant can be issued by the licensing authority, upon application by the metal dealer, where they are satisfied that he has not been carrying on business as a metal dealer.

If a dealer has a temporary exemption warrant, they must only acquire metal from people selling or otherwise disposing of it in the course of trade or business.

Regulation summary

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

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?

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 it. You can do this online here if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Fee

  • The fee for a metal dealer licence is £160.00 (1 year); £321 (2year); or £385 (3 year).
  • There is no cost to supply a certificate of compliance.
  • There is no cost for a metal dealer exemption warrant.
  • There is a fee of £40.00 to change a metal dealer licence.
  • There is no cost to surrender a metal dealer licence.

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

Application forms

When applying for a licence you will leave this website and will be directed to the Business Gateway website. You are required to register with the Business Gateway website, this should take a few minutes, and you will be emailed your login details. A Help facility is available and is located at the top right of each application page - you can access this facility throughout the course of applying for a licence.

Application evaluation process

A licence fee may be payable, and the licence may be subject to conditions.

Applications must:

  • Be made in writing (including by electronic means).
  • Be signed by the applicant (including by electronic means).
  • Contain the applicant's name, address and the name and address of any employee or agent who will be carrying on the day-to-day management of the activity, as well as the area in which the activity is to be carried out.

Conditions requiring you to keep records of your stock-in-trade, may be attached.

The local authority will:

  • Send a copy of the application to the Chief Constable.
  • Place a notice in at least one local or national newspaper which states the premises and applicant details contained in the application, that any objections or representations may be made to the local authority, and how such representations should be made.
  • Keep a register of applications in which they will enter the details of the receipt of the application, their final decision and reasons for the decision, the details of the terms of each licence granted and a note of any suspension, variation of the terms, or surrender, of a licence.

The register must be available for inspection by any member of the public at reasonable times and places and any member of the public must be permitted to make a copy of it.

If the work is to be carried out mainly or wholly in premises, the application must also contain either of the following:

  • A declaration that the applicant will, starting on the date they submit their application, display a notice at or near the premises for 21 days, which states that they have applied for a licence, the details contained in the application, and details of how to make objections or representations in relation to the application. This should be followed, upon expiry of that time, by a submission to the licensing authority of a certificate stating that this requirement has been complied with.
  • A declaration that they are unable to put up such a notice because they do not have the rights in the premises that would enable them to do so, and detailing the reasonable steps that they have made to acquire those rights and that they have been unable to acquire them.

Where the local authority fails to make a decision within six months of the application, the licence is held to be granted or renewed.

Failed application redress

Please contact East Renfrewshire Council in the first instance:

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

Within 28 days of the date of the decision to refuse their application, the applicant may require the local authority to give the reasons for their decision.

The applicant may appeal to the sheriff against the refusal, within 28 days of the decision, as long as they have already followed any available procedure in terms of stating their case to the local authority.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that the local authority, in making their decision, had:

  • Erred in law
  • Based their decision on an incorrect material fact
  • Acted contrary to natural justice
  • Exercised their discretion in an unreasonable manner

The applicant may then appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the sheriff's decision.

Licence holder redress

Please contact East Renfrewshire 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 the local authority decides to suspend a licence, not to renew a licence, or not to consent to material changes to the premises or vehicle used in the course of a licence holder's work, the licence holder may appeal against the decision within 28 days of being notified, as long as they have already followed any available procedure in terms of stating their case to the local authority.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that the local authority, in making their decision, had:

  • Erred in law
  • Based their decision on an incorrect material fact
  • Acted contrary to natural justice
  • Exercised their discretion in an unreasonable manner

The licence holder may then appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the sheriff's decision.

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 UK government: Consumer rights advice. From outside the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

Objections or representations relating to a licence application may be made in writing to the local authority, within 21 days of notice of the licence application being given, stating:

  • The grounds of the objection or nature of the representation.
  • The name and address of the person making the representation.

A Chief Constable, or anyone who has made a relevant objection or representation regarding the licence, may appeal against a decision within 28 days of being notified, as long as they have already followed any available procedure in terms of stating their case to the local authority.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that the local authority, in making their decision, had:

  • Erred in law
  • Based their decision on an incorrect material fact
  • Acted contrary to natural justice
  • Exercised their discretion in an unreasonable manner

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