Renfrewshire Council

Metal Dealers- Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 from 1st September 2016

The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 contains new provisions about licensing metal dealers, itinerant metal dealers and exemption warrants. These provisions apply and come into force on 1st September 2016.  Some businesses, which didn't need a licence before are now included in the licensing requirements for the first time.

Exemption warrants, which in the past meant a licence isn't needed, ceased to exist from 1st September 2016.

The definition of metal dealers has changed and now includes ''motor salvage operators''. Businesses dealing wholly or substantially in metal, whether buying or selling, need to hold a metal dealer's licence in order to trade.

From 1st September 2016 all metal dealers and itinerant metal dealers require to comply with detailed new rules.  Paying cash for scrap metal is now  prohibited.  New record keeping and identification of customer requirements also now apply.   Full details of the legislation can be found at

Guidance can also be obtained by following the link below:-

Further information can be given by the Council's Civic Government Enforcement Officer on 0141 618 7083 or email



Metal dealer's licence

You need a metal dealer's licence to carry on a business as a metal dealer which consists either wholly or substantially of buying or selling for scrap any old, broken, worn out or defaced or partly manufactured articles made from metal.  If your business consists wholly or substantially of 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), you will also need a metal dealer's licence.

How do I apply for a licence?

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

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Currently applications are not able to be accepted in person at our Customer Service Centre due to Coronavirus restrictions.  You will require to complete the application form and post it in to us at the address below, with the appropriate fee and documents enclosed.  At this time please do not enclose original documents (ie passports etc), photocopies of these is sufficient at this time.

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


How much is the licence fee?

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



What criteria have to be met to apply for a licence?

There are no criteria to be met for this activity.

How long will my application 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 my 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.

What happens if there if an objection or representation to my 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.

What conditions are attached to my licence?

The conditions of licence are contained within the Metal Dealer Pack which can be downloaded from the related content area of the website.

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 does the licence last 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.