Metal Dealers Licence

Information about who needs a metal dealer's licence, how to apply for a licence, comment on an application or make a complaint about a metal dealer.

The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID -19) continues to have a significant impact on the processing of licence applications.

If you need to get in touch with the Licensing Team, please do so by email to the following address: licensingservices@westlothian.gov.uk

Email enquiries will be prioritised and responded to on a priority/urgent basis. We cannot accept phone calls at present.

In the meantime, applications for licences and permits (with the exception of hire car applications, please refer to the hire car webpages for details of how to make these) should be posted to the

Licensing Team,
West Lothian Council,
Civic Centre,
Livingston
EH54 6FF

along with cheques or postal orders for payment of any fee required and copies of all required supporting documentation. 

If you are unable to post your application and fee please contact the Licensing Team by email.

Please be aware that there will likely be delays in the processing of applications due to changes in working conditions at present. 

If you are an event organiser you should note that when possible applicants will be able to email amended applications for events which have been postponed due to Covid-19 as long as the details of the event remain exactly the same and only the event date is changing, any other changes to event details will require a new application to be submitted in the usual manner.   

In terms of Section 28 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 metal dealers require to be licensed. The metal dealer's licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.

The Team is able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence.

Metal Dealers who require a licence from the Council

You will need a licence if you are a person who carries on a business which consists wholly or substantially of buying or selling for scrap:

  • metal articles that are old, broken, worn out or defaced; or
  • partly manufactured articles that are made wholly or partly from metal; or

In addition, you will require a licence if you are a person who carries on business as a motor salvage operator (so far as that does not fall within the kind of business).  A motor salvage operator is a person who carries on a business which consists wholly or substantially of:

  • recovering salvageable parts from motor vehicles for re-use or sale and selling or disposing of the rest of the vehicle for scrap;
  • buying significantly damaged motor vehicles and subsequently repairing and reselling them; or
  • buying or selling motor vehicles which are to be the subject (whether immediately or upon a subsequent resale) of either of these activities.

Licences can be applied for by individuals, companies, partnerships or other formally constituted organisations.

How do I apply for a Metal Dealer's Licence?

How do I make an objection or representation about a metal dealer's application?

How will my application be decided?

How long will my licence be granted for?

What standard conditions will be applied to my licence?

What if I want to vary any of the standard conditions in relation to my licence?

What if my details change or I no longer wish to hold my licence?

List of current metal dealer licence holders and premises

How to complain about a licensed metal dealer

How to complain about an unlicensed metal dealer

In terms of Section 32 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 itinerant metal dealers require to be licensed. The itinerant metal dealer's licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.