North East Lincolnshire Council

Scrap metal and motor salvage

Please read the details below for information on important changes to the regulation of scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators from October 2013

Scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators – guidance

Background

The scrap metal dealers act 2013 achieved Royal Assent on 28 February 2013 and the measures aim to provide effective regulation of both the scrap metal and motor salvage industries.

The local authority has become responsible for administration and compliance activity and we are now able to accept applications. Here is a brief overview of the changes and features brought in by the new legislation:

Site licences

A site licence is needed for all places where an operator carries out a business as a scrap metal dealer. A manager must be appointed for each of these sites. A site licence will also permit an operator to transport scrap metal to and from the specified sites from any other local authority area. Site licences require that a site manager is appointed. As with any individual, company director or partner associated with an application, the site manager will be subject to suitability checks.

Collectors licences

A collectors licence allows a person to operate as a mobile collector within a local authority area. The licence does not allow the collector to move between all local authority areas and a separate licence will be needed from each authority. The collectors licence does not allow a person to carry on a business at any fixed site.

Suitability

Site licences require that a site manager is appointed. As with any individual, company director or partner associated with an application, the site manager will be subject to suitability checks which will include submitting a current basic disclosure certificate. Basic disclosure certificates are available from disclosure Scotland.

Locally set fees

Local Authorities will be able to charge a fee to cover the cost of administration and compliance activity. The application fees for North East Lincolnshire have now been determined and can be accessed both on this website under the ‘fees’ heading or on the application form available in the related documents section of this page.

Display of licences

Site licences issued by the council will need to be displayed in a prominent place so that they can be seen by the public.

Collectors licences must be displayed in the vehicle and visible from outside the vehicle.

Police objections

The police may object to those applicants who they believe are unsuitable. This may be because an applicant has been convicted of a relevant offence. The local authority may also consider objections form other organisations or individuals.

Where relevant objections have been received, the local authority will arrange a committee hearing to consider the application and make a decision on the application. There is a right of appeal to the Magistrates’ Court against the decision to refuse a licence application, include a condition on a licence, revoke a licence or vary a licence

Duration of licences

Similar to the arrangements under the scrap metal act 1964, licences will last for three years.

National register

The Environment Agency will keep a public register of all scrap metal dealer licences. The local authority will send all relevant details through to them for publication.

Definitions under the scrap metal dealers act 2013

Carrying on business as a scrap metal dealer and scrap metal
A person carries on business as a scrap metal dealer if the person—
(a) carries on a business which consists wholly or partly in buying or selling scrap metal, whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which it was bought, or
(b) carries on business as a motor salvage operator

What is a mobile collector?
Mobile collector means a person who—
(a) carries on business as a scrap metal dealer otherwise than at a site, and
(b) regularly engages, in the course of that business, in collecting waste
materials and old, broken, worn out or defaced articles by means of visits from door to door

What is a motor salvage operator?
(4) For the purposes of subsection (2)(b), a person carries on business as a motor
salvage operator if the person carries on a business which consists —
(a) wholly or partly in recovering salvageable parts from motor vehicles
for re-use or sale and subsequently selling or otherwise disposing of the
rest of the vehicle for scrap,
(b) wholly or mainly in buying written-off vehicles and subsequently
repairing and reselling them,
(c) wholly or mainly in buying or selling motor vehicles which are to be the
subject (whether immediately or on a subsequent re-sale) of any of the
activities mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b), or
(d) wholly or mainly in activities falling within paragraphs (b) and (c)

If you have any queries please contact the licensing team direct.

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Licensing Team, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU

Email: licensing@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 326299 option 2

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