East Lindsey District Council welcomes news that scrap dealers are to need licence in fight against metal theft

East Lindsey District Council has welcomed moves to fight the problem of metal theft following news that scrap dealers will need a licence.

From October anyone collecting, buying or selling scrap metal will need a licence from their local authority to operate.

The new Scrap Dealers Act 2013 will come into force requiring scrap dealers to buy one of two licences, either a site licenece or a collector’s licence. In East Lindsey, the district council is responsible for the granting of such licences.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Councillor Craig Leyland, said “The news that scrap dealers will now be licensed is welcome.

“It will give the council greater power of enforcement over those unscrupulous dealers who don’t abide by the law and give the public peace of mind when using scrap metal dealers and street collectors.”

A site licence will allow a dealer to operate a site and collect any scrap relevant to that site. A collector’s licence will allow its owner to collect scrap only within the authority area that it was issued.

To apply for a licence a dealer must submit a basic criminal record disclosure form.

To operate as a scrap metal dealer you will need submit an application between October 1 and 15, 2013. You will then be issued with a transitional licence that is valid until December 1, 2013, by which time full licences will have been distributed. Anyone who carries out business as a scrap metal dealer from October 15 without a licence may be liable for a fine of up to £5,000.

These licences do not replace the Waste Carrier’s Licence. To collect scrap in East Lindsey a dealer will be required to hold a licence issued by the Council as well as a Waste Carriers Licence issued by the Environment Agency.

To be sent the relevant application form and documentation as soon as it is available contact Kristina West on 01507 613552 or email scrapmetal@e-lindsey.gov.uk to register your details.