Scrap Metal Dealer Licensing
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Why do I need a licence?
In order to carry on a business as a scrap metal dealer within the area of West Northants Council (Daventry Area) you need a licence in accordance with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
A Licence will last for 3 years. Trading without a licence is a criminal offence.
How do I obtain a licence?
There are 2 types of licence specified in the Act:
Site Licence - where the licensee carries on a business as a scrap metal dealer, with a named site manager for each site. This licence allows a licensee to transport scrap metal to and from those sites within any local authority area; and
Collectors Licence - which allows the licensee to operate as a collector in the area of the issuing authority. It does not allow the collector to operate in any other local authority area, so a separate licence has to be obtained from each council the collector wishes to collect waste in. The licence does not authorise the licensee to operate a site; to do so they will need a site licence from the relevant local authority.
It should be noted that the dealer can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area. They have to decide whether they are going to have a site or a mobile licence in any one area. They cannot hold both a site and a mobile collector’s licence from the same council.
The additional guidance here will help you determine the type of licence required:
You can only apply for a licence by in person (post and online applications are not permitted) by completing the licence application form:
A list of current licence fees can be found on the West Northants Council website.
The application fee should be paid at the time of your application.
Applications must be made on the prescribed forms and be accompanied by all relevant documents. The application fee must be paid at the time of your application.
You are likely to need to make an appointment with one of our Licensing Officers or Environmental Protection Officers and bring the following documentation to your appointment:
the completed Application Form;
2 x Passport Photographs (for collectors only);
a Basic Disclosure Certificate (BDC) issued within the last 3 months by Disclosure Scotland at a cost of £25 (Tel 0870 609 6006 https://www.mygov.scot/disclosure-types) Please ensure a basic disclosure certificate is obtained and enclosed for all directors, partners and site managers referred to on the application form; and
the application fee.
Please note we do not accept cash payments at our offices.
Once we have accepted your application you will receive a letter of acknowledgement. You are then deemed to hold a licence until West Northants Council (Daventry Area) has issued you with a licence or has given you notice of the decision to refuse a licence.
Does tacit consent apply if I do not hear anything after 28 days?
Yes. Once we have accepted your application you will receive a letter of acknowledgement. You are then deemed to hold a licence until West Northants Council (Daventry Area) has issued you with a licence or has given you notice of the decision to refuse a licence.
Licensed Activity and Licence Holder Complaints
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