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Scrap metal dealers

If you wish to collect or deal in scrap metal you must have a scrap metal dealer’s licence before you can trade.

Car dismantlers require a scrap metal dealer’s licence. You do not need a licence if scrap metal is ancillary to your main trade for example you are a plumber, electrician or mechanic.

Scrap metal includes steel, iron, copper, brass and aluminium. You do not need a scrap metal dealer’s licence for trading in precious metals such as gold or silver.

Scrap metal dealers must keep records from whom and what they are collecting. They cannot buy metal for cash.

Scrap metal dealers may also require planning permission and a waste carrier’s licence.

We can refuse a scrap metal dealer’s licence for example if the licence holder is convicted of a relevant offence for example the theft of metal.

Types of licence

There are two types of scrap metal dealer’s licences:

  • Site licences
  • Collector’s licences

When granted each licence will last for 3 years.

Site licence

A site licence permits a scrap metal dealer to collect scrap metal by appointment only, anywhere in the country.

We can only issue a site licence for sites within the city. A site is where the business is based not where the metal is stored. A site licence does not permit the storage of metal.

Collector’s licence

A collector’s licence permits a scrap metal dealer to operate like the traditional rag and bone man. A collector’s licence permits a scrap metal dealer to go door to door asking to collect or buy metal without an appointment.

A collector’s licence from Cambridge City Council only permits collecting in Cambridge. If you wish to operate as a collector in Cambridge you must have a licence from Cambridge City Council. If you wish to collect outside Cambridge you will need a licence from each of the local authorities in whose area you are collecting.

When collecting, the collector’s licence must be displayed in the vehicle being used for collecting.

Fees

Fees for site licences
Item Fee
Site licence £450
Conversion to collector's licence £55
Change of licensee name £55
Addition of site £450
Removal of site £55
Change of site manager £132.50
Replacement of lost or damage licence £49
Fees for collector licences
Item Fee
Collector's licence £192
Conversion to site licence £390
Change of name (eg status) £55
Replacement of lost or damage licence £49

Apply

To apply for a new licence or to renew your current licence you must submit:

Please send your application by e-mail to: licensing@cambridge.gov.uk or by post to: Commercial & Licensing Team, Cambridge City Council, PO BOX 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.

Payment can be made with a credit/debit card by calling: (01223) 457700 or by cheque, accompanying the application, made payable to 'Cambridge City Council'.


Licensing process

The City Council can only issue a licence to a suitable person. You application may be refused if you have been convicted of a relevant offences for example the theft of metal.

The Council will consult on your application with the Police, the Environment Agency and the other local authorities in Cambridgeshire. Sites will be inspected.

The City Council aims to complete applications within 40 days where there are no adverse comments.

If the Council is minded to refuse your application you will be offered the opportunity for your of your application to be determined at a hearing.

Successful applicants for a Collector’s Licence will be asked to provide two passport size pictures and to produce either a DVLA Driving licence photo card or passport as proof of identity before the licence is issued.

Scrap Metal Dealers may also require planning permission and a Waste Carrier’s Licence.

The Council can refuse, revoke or suspend a Scrap Metal Dealer’s Licence for example if the licence holder is convicted of a relevant offence such as the theft of metal.

Licence holders must inform the Council of changes of name or address.

Licences can be converted from Site Licences to Collector’s Licences or vice versa for an additional fee.

Scrap Metal Public Register

The Environment Agency keeps a register of all Scrap Metal Dealers Licences.

 

 

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