What this scrap licence about
vanilla wrote:As far as I can tell you apply for one through your local council, and there is no fee. There is just a requirement that you keep records of what you've sold. Your uncle sounds like he would probably be classed as an "itinerant collector" and the record keeping requirements are pretty low for them, mainly just receipts of what you've sold to a scrap dealer. Probably best to just ring the council and ask.
As to why they exist, it's probably to do with the fact that scrap metal is pretty much untraceable as the dealers just tend to use cash. It makes theft and dealing in stolen metal easy to get away with as there are no checks.
ForestNymph wrote:Makes me wonder if the thieves who operate on the railways have scrap licenses? i bet not, seeing as they thieve cable from the railways almost every time new is laid down!! cable theft is a massive problem for the BT policey officers!!!
Thomas wrote:The licence costs £225.00.Harrow Council - Scrap metal licences - Costs and renewals
Registration as a scrap metal dealer lasts for 3 years.
Failure to comply may result in a penalty (theft.)
http://www.harrow.gov.uk/info/200063/li ... licences/3
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