Amended SMDA Supplementary Guidance Issued

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:


A collector’s licence


5.4 A collector’s licence authorises the licensee to carry on business as a mobile collector in the licensing council’s area only (section 2 (5)). A separate collector’s licence is needed for each council area that a mobile collector collects scrap metal. A mobile collector can dispose or sell scrap metal in any local council area regardless of whether a collector’s licence is held for that area.


 



  • 5.5 A mobile collector will need a licence to buy or sell any scrap metal collected. Even if the material is provided free of charge, a licence is required in order to sell it on. The definition of a scrap metal dealer includes any person who “carries on a business which consists wholly or partly in buying or selling scrap metal” (section 21(2) (a)).”

The amended version issued this month now states:


A collector’s licence


5.4       A collector’s licence authorises the licensee to carry on business as a mobile collector in the licensing council’s area only (section 2 (5)). A mobile collector is a person who “ a) carries on business as a scrap metal dealer otherwise than at a site, and (b) regularly engages, in the course of that business, in collecting waste materials and old, broken, worn out or defaced articles by means of visits from door to door (section 22 (4)). A person carries on business as a scrap metal dealer if a person “carries on a business which consists wholly or partly in buying or selling scrap metal…” (section 21(2) (a)).”