For details of the application fees payable with applications for scrap metal licences, please see our Licensing fees and charges page.
Applications must be accompanied by Basic Disclosure certificates, issued within the last three months, for every applicant, partner, director and site manager named in the application. You can apply for a Basic Disclosure online from Disclosure Scotland, or by calling 0870 609 6006.
Before we can issue a licence, we must be satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence. In making this decision, we will consider any individual applicants, partners, or directors of a limited company, as well as the nominated site managers for any scrap metal sites operating within Dacorum.
In particular, we will look at:
- whether any person named in the application has been convicted of a relevant offence
- whether any person named in the application has been subject to any relevant enforcement action, by a local council, police, or the Environment Agency
- whether any previous applications for scrap metal licences or environmental permits have been refused
- whether any previous scrap metal licences have been revoked
- whether the applicant has suitable measures in place to ensure compliance with their legal duties, if a licence is granted.
For details of what the terms 'relevant offences' and 'relevant enforcement action' include, please see our guidance notes for applicants
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We will consult with police and environmental agencies before determining applications, and take into account any information or comments they provide. We may also take any other relevant information into account, such as complaints from customers or members of the public.
If we are satisfied that the applicant is suitable, we will issue a licence for a three year period.
If we have any concerns about the suitability of the applicant, we will give notice of this, and allow you the opportunity to make representations, either in writing or at a hearing. Any representations will be taken into account before a final decision is made. If your application is refused, you will have a right of appeal to a magistrates' court.
Can I start to trade as a scrap metal dealer before my application has been granted (will tacit consent apply)?
We will aim to deal with all applications within eight weeks, and if you have not received a decision by the end of this period you will be able to act as if a licence has been granted.
However, trading during the application period is not permitted. The period will begin upon the receipt of a full and valid application, and tacit consent will not apply if we have notified you of any issues with your application.
The Environment Agency maintain a national public register of all licensed scrap metal dealers.
Duties on licence-holders
Licensed scrap metal dealers are obliged to notify us of certain events, and keep their licences up to date by making variation applications should key details change. They must also keep records of details of their transactions, which may be inspected from time to time by police or council officers. For more information, please see our duties on scrap metal dealers page.
Comments and complaints
If you have any comments or complaints about a scrap metal dealer in Dacorum, we would advise that you first contact the trader direct. The best way to do this is by sending a letter with proof of delivery.
If that has not worked, the Citizens Advice Bureau may be able to provide assistance (or the UK European Consumer Centre, if you are outside the UK).
If you believe that a scrap metal dealer is trading in Dacorum without a licence, or is breaching their licence, please contact us with the details and we will investigate.
If you need more information on scrap metal licences, or you wish to report an unlicensed scrap metal dealer or a dealer breaching a licence, please contact us:
Telephone: 01442 228860