Renfrewshire Council

From the 3 July 2023 all applications will be checked and verified by the Customer Service Centre advisors.  You will require to email the application to from this date.

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

An application pack with an application form, guidance notes and conditions of licence can be downloaded from the related content area of the website.

You will require to complete the application form and provide all relevant documentation when making your application.  You must answer every question on the form. If a question is irrelevant, mark it as 'not applicable'.

In the first instance, the completed application form should be emailed to to be checked by the Customer Service team to ensure all questions have been completed correctly and supporting documentation sufficient.  Once the application form and all supporting documentation is accepted, the wet signature application form requires to be sent into the Council Offices at the address detailed below.  At this time please do not enclose original documents (ie passports etc), photocopies of these is sufficient at this time.  Payment can be made with cheque accompanying the application or we can make arrangements for payment to be taken over the phone on receipt of the signed application form.


How much it costs

Information on fees for all licences can be found in related content area of the website under civic application fees.

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 [638KB] .

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.