Renfrewshire Council

Metal dealer's licence

What a metal dealer's licence is, how to apply, how much it costs, how long your application will take, who is consulted about your application, objections and representations, conditions of the licence, how long the licence lasts for.

What a metal dealer's licence is

You need a metal dealer's licence if your business is buying or selling for scrap any old, broken, worn out or defaced or partly manufactured articles made from metal. 

This includes motor salvage operators, if your business involves recovering salvageable parts from motor vehicles for re-use or sale and selling the rest of the vehicle for scrap (or buying, repairing and reselling damaged vehicles).

How to apply for a licence

Download and complete the metal dealer's licence application pack [363KB] , which includes the application form, guidance notes and conditions of the licence.

You must answer every question on the form. If a question is irrelevant, mark it as 'not applicable'.

How much it costs

It currently costs £235 for a metal dealer's licence. 

How long your application will take

All applications made under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 must be considered within 3 months and a decision made within 9 months.

Who is consulted about your application

A copy of your application will be sent to Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Community Resources Section, Development and Housing Services and, where the premises are within Paisley Town Centre, the Town Centre Manager. 

They will carry out their own investigations and report back to the licensing section.

If there are objections or representations to your application

If an objection or representation is received the application must be considered at a meeting of the Regulatory Functions Board. 

You will be formally cited to attend the meeting and a copy of the letter of objection or representation will be sent out to you with the citation letter.

Conditions of the licence

You can see the conditions of licence in the  metal dealer's licence application pack [363KB] .

A copy of the conditions of licence for metal dealers will be issued to you if your licence is granted. 

The council requires all licenceholders to have a thorough understanding of these conditions and they should be kept as they form part of your licence.

How long the licence lasts for

Applications for the grant of a licence are generally granted for a period of one year.

Applications to renew an existing licence are normally granted for a two year period.