Scrap metal and motor salvage operators
It is illegal to carry on business as a motor salvage operator or a scrap metal dealer unless the person(s) doing so are registered with the local authority.
Registration as a Motor Salvage Operator does not allow the dealer to carry on a business as a Scrap Metal Dealer and vice versa.
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You can download an application form and our guidance notes from the downloadable documents on this page. Please complete the form, sign it and return it to us by post, e-mail or bring them to our reception at South Norfolk House. There is no fee for this registration.
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Motor Salvage Operators
The Motor Salvage Operators Regulations 2002 became law on 21st October 2002.
The definition of a motor salvage operator is described as someone who carries on a business, which is:
- Wholly or partly involved in the recovery for re-use or sale of salvageable parts from motor vehicles and the subsequent sale or other disposal for scrap of the remainder of the vehicles concerned.
- Wholly or mainly involved in the purchase of written-off vehicles and their subsequent repair and re-sale.
- Wholly or mainly involved in the sale or purchase of motor vehicles, which are to be subject (whether immediately or on a subsequent re-sale) of any of the activities mentioned in paragraphs 1 and 2 above.
- Wholly or mainly involved in activities falling within paragraphs 2 and 3 above.
The regulations require all motor salvage operators to:
- be registered (renewable every 3 years)
- maintain appropriate records of purchase and disposal
- require identification checks for vendors and purchasers
- allow the Police right of entry to premises and the right of search without a warrant.
Scrap Metal Dealers
What is a scrap metal business?
A person is deemed to be carrying on a scrap metal business if:
- A place in South Norfolk is occupied by them as a scrap metal store, or
- No place is occupied by them as a scrap metal store in South Norfolk, but they have their usual place of residence in South Norfolk and a place outside South Norfolk is occupied by them as a scrap metal store.
What is a scrap metal?
Scrap metal includes any old metal, and any broken, worn out, defaced or partly manufactured articles made wholly or partly of metal, and any metallic wastes, and also includes old, broken, worn out or defaced tooltips or dies made of any other materials commonly known as hard metal or of cemented or sintered metallic carbides.
What is a scrap metal store?
A scrap metal store is a place where scrap metal is received or kept in the course of the business of a scrap metal dealer.
What are the requirements of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964?
- Scrap metal dealers must be registered with their local authority. There is no charge for registering with us. Registration as a scrap metal dealer lasts for 3 years and must be renewed on or before the expiry date if the registered person wishes to carry on as a scrap metal dealer.
- Every scrap metal dealer must keep details of all scrap metal received and all scrap metal either processed at or dispatched.
- Any constable has a right at any reasonable time to inspect registered premises, records kept on those premises and scrap metal kept on the premises.
- A scrap metal dealer must not acquire scrap metal from a person under the age of 16.
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Last updated on: 22 November 2011