Scrap Metal Dealers Licence

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.

We are under a duty to protect the public funds we administer and to this end may use the information you provide on your application for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

You can pay your annual fee online

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Change your site licence to a collectors licence (or vice versa)Change your site licence to a collectors licence (or vice versa)<div class="ExternalClass6A8E8898CF73451A9A44A34EDE0DEE16">​​<p>If you are currently a site, but no longer have a site where you buy and sell scrap metal, you can change your licence to a collectors licence. The same is true if you are a collector but would like to start using a site to buy and sell. We can accept your application by letter or email. There is no form to complete. There is a fee of £70 which covers our admin costs and the reissue of your licence.​</p></div>
Apply for a site licenceApply for a site licence<div class="ExternalClass8210D8C2D28247C9908558F12FBDC9B2">​​<p>A site is any premises used in the course of carrying on business as a scrap metal dealer (whether or not metal is kept there) and a site manager is the person in day to day control and management of activities at the site.</p> <p>To apply for a site licence you must fill in an <strong><a href="/docs/SMD1%20-%20Site%20scrap%20metal%20dealers%20licence%20form.doc">application form (Word doc 441KB)</a></strong> and <strong><a href="/docs/Scrap%20metal%20fees%20from%20June%202016.pdf">pay a fee (PDF 251KB)</a></strong>. If you want to apply electronically, you can download the required form from this page and send it to us by email to <strong><a href="mailto:entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk">entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk</a></strong>. You can also post us your application to:</p> <strong><p>Leeds City Council<br> Entertainment Licensing<br> Civic Hall<br> Leeds<br> LS1 1UR</p></strong> <p>Please note you are still required to provide a basic disclosure and present forms of ID to us in person.</p> <p>There are other documents you will need to submit as part of your application. These include a DBS basic disclosure for the applicant and the site manager, a form of ID, and if you are collecting metal as part of your business, your motor insurance and waste collectors licence. You will need to make an appointment to bring these in. Please call us on 0113 378 5029.</p> <p>You can’t consider your application is granted if you haven’t heard from us. If you have been waiting a long time for your licence you can call us on <strong>0113 378 5029</strong> so we can check for you.</p> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
Apply to be a scrap metal collectorApply to be a scrap metal collector<div class="ExternalClass24A9AD224A044303BA9310C162CA9298">​​<p>A collector is someone who operates as a scrap metal dealer but who does not have a site. This would be anyone going from door to door collecting scrap metal as the main part of their business.</p> ​​<p>To apply for a collectors licence you must fill in an <strong><a href="/docs/SMD2%20-%20Collectors%20scrap%20metal%20dealers%20licence%20form.doc">application form (Word doc 418KB)</a></strong> and <strong><a href="/docs/Scrap%20metal%20fees%20from%20June%202016.pdf">pay a fee (PDF 251KB)</a></strong>. If you want to apply electronically, you can download the required form from this page and send it to us by email to <strong><a href="mailto:entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk">entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk</a></strong>. You can also post us your application to:</p> <strong><p>Leeds City Council<br> Entertainment Licensing<br> Civic Hall<br> Leeds<br> LS1 1UR</p></strong> <p>Please note you are still required to provide a basic disclosure and present forms of ID to us in person.</p> <p>There are other documents you will need to submit as part of your application. These include a DBS basic disclosure for the applicant and the site manager, a form of ID, and if you are collecting metal as part of your business, your motor insurance and waste collectors licence. You will need to make an appointment to bring these in. Please call us on 0113 378 5029.</p> <p>You can’t consider your application is granted if you haven’t heard from us. If you have been waiting a long time for your licence you can call us on <strong>0113 378 5029</strong> so we can check for you.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>
Consumer ProtectionConsumer Protection<div class="ExternalClassFDAC7C28A1E94CBF913D66CD5ED19CE8">​​<p>Should you have cause for complaint in relation to licensed premises, we would always recommend that you write to the business first. If that does not work please contact us and providing it is a matter covered by the legislation, we can investigate the complaint for you.​</p></div>
Notify us of a change to your name or addressNotify us of a change to your name or address<div class="ExternalClass5CCE83E03AFC4FAAB48B585378D2ABC2"><p>If you would like to advise us of a change of name or address, then you can write to u<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span>s at:</p> <strong><p>Leeds City Council<br> Entertainment Licensing<br> Civic Hall<br> Leeds<br> LS1 1UR</p></strong> <p>As this will mean us reissuing your licence there is a fee of £70.​</p></div>
Use of Personal DataUse of Personal Data<div class="ExternalClass22ECBC91FDEB4C0C937D7F91E848A268"><p>​​We are under a duty to protect the public funds we administer and to this end may use the information you have provided in your application for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.​</p></div>

 

 

SMD1 - Site scrap metal dealers licence formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/SMD1 - Site scrap metal dealers licence form.doc451584doc
Licensing Act 2003https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/GN-SM1 Scrap metal dealers guidance.pdf90860pdf
GN-SM2 Record keepinghttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/GN-SM2 Record keeping.pdf174276pdf
Licensing Act 2003https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/GN-SM3 Scrap metal dealers guidance summary.pdf53612pdf
Licensing Act 2003https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/GN-SM4 New licensee guidance.pdf60764pdf
Scrap metal fees from June 2016https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Scrap metal fees from June 2016.pdf256844pdf

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