Scrap metal dealers

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

All businesses that fall under the definition of a 'scrap metal dealer' must have a licence from the council to operate.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into effect on 1 October 2013.

Download and view the council’s Scrap Metal Dealers Policy (pdf).

Scrap metal dealers

If you buy or sell worn out or discarded metal or metal products, either from fixed premises within the Newport area, or operate without premises but are resident within Newport (previously an itinerant collector), you must be authorised with Newport City Council as a scrap metal dealer for a site or collectors licence.  

Motor salvage operators

If you dismantle old or damaged vehicles for salvageable parts, repair previously written-off vehicles for resale, or trade vehicles for either of these purposes at premises within Newport City Council area, you must be authorised as a Scrap Metal Dealer.

Licences

There are two types of licence specified in the Act and both licences will last for three years:

  • Site licence

  • Collector’s licence (mobile)

A dealer can only hold one type of licence in any one local authority area but can apply to run multiple sites.

Further information about both licences can be found in the explanatory notes accompanying the application form. 

Apply

Apply online for the new Scrap Metal Dealer's licence or download the Scrap Metal Dealer application form (pdf)

  • The fee for a 3 year Site Licence is £415

  • The fee for a 3 year Collectors Licence is £270

  • The fee for Variation of a licence is £47

Apply online for a Variation to a Scrap Metal licence or download the Scrap Metal Variation application form (pdf)

A Basic Disclosure certificate is also required so that the authority can determine your suitability.

Apply online to Disclosure Scotland for a Basic Disclosure or request a disclosure application by contacting Disclosure Scotland on 0870 609 6006.

Read more about the Scrap Metal Act on the Home Office web site 

Email environment.licensing@newport.gov.uk with any queries.

Completed applications and documents with the relevant fees (cheques made payable to Newport City Council) should be sent to:

Newport City Council, Licensing, PO Box 883, Civic Centre, Godfrey Road, Newport NP20 4UR

Or taken to the Information Station, Old Station Building, Queensway, Newport NP20 4AX