Scrap Metal Dealers

The Home Office has issued revised Scrap Metal Dealers Act guidance for local authorities.  The revised guidance was issued yesterday, May 20th.

The amendment to the guidance relates to the suitability criteria of applicants in relation to spent and unspent convictions.

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013: Compliance and enforcement guideThe Local Government Association has published a compliance and enforcement guide to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.


LGA Guidance: Engaging with the Environment Agency and Natural Resources WalesThe LGA has published further guidance to Local Authorities setting out how they should be using the Environment Agency/Natural Resources Wales public registers to assess the suitability of the applicants for a scrap met

Amended SMDA Supplementary Guidance IssuedThe Home Office has issued an amended version of its “Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 Supplementary guidance” document.

Amendments have been made to paragraph 5.4. 

Paragraphs 5.4 & 5.5 of the October 2013 version states:

SMDA13 Enforcement Powers Come into ForceDon’t forget that the following provisions of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force on 1st December:


- Section 1(3) (offence of carrying on business as scrap metal dealer without a licence);

Environment Agency Guidance Note: Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013The Environment Agency (EA) has produced a guidance note aimed at helping local authorities in carrying out the registration process. 

The guidance note includes:

The Home Office has published supplementary guidance on the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

The supplementary guidance covers a range of frequently asked questions relating to the new Act including, supplementary guidance on Motor salvage operators, Skip Hire Companies, Tradespersons and Civic amenity sites.

The Home Office has today issued its statutory guidance for local authorities for determining suitability to hold a scrap metal dealer’s licence.


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