Metal Dealers Licence

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 referred to at 1 above).  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.