Itinerant metal dealer licence
If you act as an itinerant - or travelling metal dealer - you must be licensed by your local authority. Such a licence will allow you to sell scrap metal anywhere in Scotland.
Your application must be in writing (including by electronic means), in the form specified by the Local Authority and accompanied by any requested fee. You must be a fit and proper person and not be disqualified from holding a licence.
See the External Links section on this page for the regulation summary.
Application Evaluation Process
Public notice of the application may be given in a local newspaper and objections may be considered. The Local Authority may make such reasonable inquiries as they think fit and include the results of these inquiries in matters they take into account, but where they intend to include any of these results they must notify you. You may be given the opportunity to make representations.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period
Please see the External Links section on this page to apply.
Failed Application Redress
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance. You can request reasons in writing for the refusal within 28 days of the date of the decision. You may appeal to the sheriff against the decision which must be lodged within 28 days from the date of the decision.
Licence Holder Redress
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance. You can request reasons in writing for a refusal to renew, a variation or suspension of a licence within 28 days of the date of the decision. You may appeal to the sheriff against the decision which must be lodged within 28 days from the date of the decision.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
If your application is refused you cannot apply again in respect of the same activity in the same area within one year of the refusal unless there has been a material change of circumstances. Any party to an appeal to the sheriff may appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of that decision.