Scrap metal dealers

Scrap metal renewals

You must ensure that your scrap metal licence, whether it is a site licence or a collectors licence, is renewed before it expires in order to continue operating in selling and collecting scrap metal and motor salvage. If your licence expires, you must stop operating until such time as your licence is renewed.

It is suggested that you apply at least 6 weeks before your licence expires. This is to allow adequate time for all of your checks to be completed, for consultation to take place with the Police and the relevant environmental agencies, and for the licensing authority to make a decision on your application.

You will not lose time from your licence if you renew earlier. Your new licence will start from the expiry date of your existing licence.

The application process to renew a consent is exactly the same as applying for a new consent.

Applicants must provide:

  • a completed application form
  • details of the bank account/s that will be used for payments
  • criminal record disclosures for each applicant, partner or director, and site manager
  • the fee

You must also state how you will verify your customers’ details and keep this information secure.

Please see our guidance notes for information on how to complete the application form.

Basic criminal records disclosures can be obtained from Disclosure Scotland. Your disclosure must be no more than one month old when you apply.

Licences last for three years. Renewals will be refused if:

  • the applicant or site manager have criminal convictions
  • a licence has previously been breached, refused or revoked
  • an environmental permit has previously been breached, refused or revoked
  • the applicant is unable to show that they will comply with the Scrap Metal Dealer’s Act 2013

The renewal fee is the same for both licences. A renewal costs £191.50.

Appeals against decisions to refuse a licence or to add conditions to a licence may be made to the magistrates’ court within 21 days of a decision.

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