In order to run a scrap metal business you must be licensed by the council. There are two types of licence:
A site licence - this will be required where a business is carried on as a scrap metal dealer at a premises. A site manager will be required to be named for each site. The licensee will then be permitted to operate from that site as a scrap metal dealer including transporting to and from those sites from any local authority area.
A collector’s licence - this authorises the licensee to operate as a mobile collector in the area of the issuing local authority, permitting them to collect scrap metal as appropriate. This includes commercial as well as domestic scrap metal. If a mobile collector operates within more than one local authority’s district, a licence will be required for each authority that they operate in.
The law that governs the licensing of scrap metal dealers is the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. However we have some guidance (PDF 89KB) which might be easier to understand and has information that is specific to Leeds. We also have some guidance (PDF 53KB) written specifically for people for whom English is a second language.
All scrap metal dealers must keep good records. We have some straightforward guidance specifically on record keeping (PDF 171KB). We also have guidance on the rules (PDF 60KB) about being a scrap metal dealer.
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