Metal dealer

East Dunbartonshire Council's Legal and Democratic Services department is responsible for the processing of all licence applications including Metal Dealer's licence.

In addition to the delegated powers to grant licences, the Council's Civic Government Appeals Board is the licensing authority for miscellaneous applications under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 which include the licensing of Metal Dealers.

Licence summary

To be a metal dealer operating from premises, you need a premises metal dealer's licence from the local authority. However, a metal dealer's licence is not required by a person who has either an exemption warrant or a temporary exemption warrant.

A metal dealer's licence will specify the activity which you may engage in and the place where you can carry out your business.  You must not be disqualified from holding a licence, and you must be fit to be the holder of the licence. The premises or vehicle you use in order to carry out the work must be suitable for that purpose.

Eligibility criteria   

A metal dealer shall be classed as carrying on a business in the licensing authority area if any of the following apply:

  • the dealer occupies a place as a scrap metal store in the area.

Payment details     

A licence fee is payable:

  • £249 for 3 years 
  • £43 for 6 weeks temporary licence

Application evaluation process 

Applicants must provide the following:

  • their full name
  • the address of the dealer, or in the case of a company, their registered or principal office
  • the address of each place occupied as a scrap metal store, if any 

The licensed dealer must notify the licensing authority of any changes to these details or if they cease to be a metal dealer.

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 130 day period permitted for final determination of the application.

Apply fo a Metal Dealer's Licence      

There are two ways of applying:

Certificate of Compliance

Licence summary   

To be a metal dealer operating from premises, you need a premises metal dealer's licence from the authority. Prior to full approval of your application you must post notice of your intent at your premises for 21 consecutive days. A Site Notice can be obtained from the Licensing Team at licensing@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or by telephone 0141 578 8273.  

A metal dealer's licence will specify the activity which you may engage in and the place where you can carry out your business. You must not be disqualified from holding a licence, and you must be fit to be the holder of the licence. The premises or vehicle you use in order to carry out the work must be suitable for that purpose.

Payment details   

No fee is required.

Will Tacit Consent apply?    

No.

Apply for a Certificate of Compliance    

There are two ways of applying:

Application for a Metal Dealer Exemption Warrant

Licence summary    

To be a metal dealer operating from premises, you need a premises metal dealer's licence from the local authority. However, a metal dealer's licence is not required by a person who has either an exemption warrant or a temporary exemption warrant.

A metal dealer's licence will specify the activity which you may engage in and the place where you can carry out your business. You must not be disqualified from holding a licence, and you must be fit to be the holder of the licence. The premises or vehicle you use in order to carry out the work must be suitable for that purpose.

Application to change a metal dealer licence or exemption

Licence summary

If you wish to change your current metal dealer licence or exemption certificate please complete the attached form and send it to East Dunbartonshire Council, Licensing Team. A metal dealer's licence will specify the activity which you may engage in and the place where you can carry out your business. You must not be disqualified from holding a licence, and you must be fit to be the holder of the licence. The premises or vehicle you use in order to carry out the work must be suitable for that purpose.

Payment details   

For details of the fee please contact East Dunbartonshire Council, Licensing Team.

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 120 period permitted for final determination of the application.

Apply to change a Metal Dealer Licence or Exemption   

There are two ways of applying:

Redress

Failed application redress   

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • erred in law
  • used incorrect material fact when making their decision
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Licence holder redress     

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • erred in law
  • used incorrect material fact when making their decision
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Consumer complaint   

If you wish to appeal against a decision to grant a licence and you are a valid objector, you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • erred in law
  • used incorrect material fact when making their decision
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

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