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Scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators

The Scrap Metal Dealer's Act 2013 replaces the Scrap Metal Dealers' Act 1964 and part 1 of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 (motor salvage operators).

In addition to a licence under the 2013 Act, the following may be required:

  • a waste management licence or a hazardous waste licence from the Environment Agency
  • registration of the business with the Health and Safety Executive
  • planning permission for the use of any premises in connection with the business

Application forms

Icon for pdf SMDA Collectors Licence Application Form [603.76KB] PDF (604kb)

Icon for pdf SMDA Site Licence Application Form [441.59KB] PDF (442kb)

Wiltshire Council is the data controller for the personal information you provide in this form. The Council's Data Protection Officer can be contacted at dataprotection@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Your personal data will be used only in accordance with the Wiltshire Council notification under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The council will disclose this information to Wiltshire Police, Licensing, Public Protection, Environment Agency, Waste, Revenues & Benefits, DWP, DVLA, Trading Standards, Housing Associations, Wiltshire Highway Authority and any other relevant Wiltshire Council department/employee. For further information about how Wiltshire Council uses your personal data, including your rights as a data subject, please see our Privacy notice on the website.

Further information

Legislation.gov.uk: Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

legislation.gov.uk : Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 explanatory notes

Legislation.gov.uk: Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 Commencement and transitional provisions order 2013

Local Government Association: Get in on the Act: Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 guidance

GOV.UK: Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013: supplementary guidance

Institute of licensing: Scrap Metal Dealers

GOV.UK: Guidance on the offence of buying scrap metal for cash

legislation.gov.uk: The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (Prescribed Relevant Offences and Relevant Enforcement Action) Regulations 2013

legislation.gov.uk: The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (Prescribed Documents and Information for Verification of Name and Address) Regulations 2013

Useful sites

GOV.UK: DBS checks (previously CRB checks) 

GOV.UK: Environment Agency

GOV.UK: Access the public register for environmental information 

GOV.UK: Dispose of business or commercial waste

HSE (Health and Safety Executive): Scrap and metal recycling