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Scrap metal dealer

To be a scrap metal dealer, you need to register with your local authority.

What you need to do to get a licence

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 comes into effect from the 1 October 2013.

To comply with the new law you MUST carry out the following action:

Complete the application form

For each director of the company and the yard manager at each site you own must apply for and receive back a basic disclosure of convictions from Disclosure Scotland

Pay a licence fee

The licensing authority will accept a completed application form and basic disclosure with the current licence fee. No Scrap Metal Dealers Licence will be issued to your site/s until a licence fee is paid.

Disclosure Scotland

Each director and/or officer of a company applying or sole trader must accompany their application with a basic disclosure of convictions from Disclosure Scotland; additionally, if you employ a yard manager they must apply for and obtain a basic disclosure. This can be applied for from the following web site,, the licensing authority has been informed that there is a two to three week waiting time for a basic disclosure to be returned so advise you to submit applications as soon as possible to ensure you submit complete applications, incomplete applications will be returned.

For fees, please visit our fees and price list page.

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