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Please read our information about running a scrap metal dealing business before you apply.

How to apply to renew

You need to renew your licence every 3 years. You can apply to renew by downloading the application form which can be filled in electronically and emailed to us here: environmentalhealth@eastdevon.gov.uk or you can send a printed hardcopy here:

Environmental Health Services (Environmental Protection)   

East Devon District Council Blackdown House  Border Road  Heathpark Industrial Estate Honiton EX14 1EJ 

You'll need to give us:

  • your details
  • if you are a company:
    • the name, address and registered number of your company
    • details of every director, shadow director and company secretary
    • You'll need a basic disclosure certificate for each of these people
  • if you are a partnership:
    • the name, address and date of birth of each partner
    • You'll need a basic disclosure certificate for each of these people
  • the address of each site in East Devon where you run a business as a scrap metal dealer
  • the name, address and date of birth of each site manager
  • details of any relevant environmental permit or registration
  • details of any other scrap metal licence issued in the last 3 years
  • details of the bank account that will be used to pay for scrap metal
  • details of any conviction for a relevant offence or any relevant enforcement action
  • details of planning permission for the site (only applies if established after 1990)

Every person named on the application form needs to send us a Basic Disclosure Certificate from Gov.uk. This must not be more than three months old.

How to make changes

You can also use this application to make changes to your licence for example if you change your trading name or no longer carry on business as a scrap metal dealer.

Payments

You'll be charged a fee for this.  Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.

What you need when you apply

You'll need a credit or debit card.

You'll need a location plan and site plan for each site.

You'll need to attach a Basic Disclosure Certificate from Gov.uk for:

  • the applicant
  • each named site manager
  • if you are applying as a partnership: each partner
  • if you are applying as a company: each director, shadow director and company secretary

The certificates must be issued no more than three months before the date of the application.

Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of issuing your scrap metal licence and on the basis of public task and our legal obligation under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964.  

Who will receive or see my personal information? Your information may also be shared within East Devon District Council for the purposes of carrying out our lawful functions. Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside East Devon District Council without your permission, unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection purposes. Your information will be held securely and will not be retained for any longer than is necessary. There are a number of rights available to you in relation to our use of your personal information, depending on the reason for processing. Further detail about our use of your personal information can be found in the relevant Privacy Notice which can be accessed here.

What's next?

When we receive your application we'll check it to make sure it's been completed correctly.  We'll telephone you if there is anything else we need.

As soon as we have the complete application and all the information we need, we'll accept it.  We'll then send a copy of your application to the police and the environmental health service and make checks with the environment agency.

If no representations are received from any of these authorities, your application will be granted and we'll send you your licence in the post.  This must be displayed in a prominent place, accessible to the public, at each site identified in the licence.

If representations are received then a hearing must be heard before members of the licensing sub committee unless all parties agree this isn't necessary.

After the hearing we'll write to you with the decision.  

What you can do if you haven't heard from us

It is in the public interest that we process your application before deciding if it can be granted.  This means that you'll need to wait for our decision before you start operating.  If after a month you haven't heard from us please contact us by email or telephone for an update.

What you can do if your application is unsuccessful

Please contact us in the first instance:

The Principal Environmental Health Officer (Environmental Protection)   

East Devon District Council Blackdown House  Border Road  Heathpark Industrial Estate

Honiton EX14 1EJ  Tel: 01395 571647

Appeals

If an application to renew a site licence is refused you can appeal.  You can also appeal any decision to:

  • impose conditions on the licence
  • revoke or vary the licence

All appeals must be made to a magistrates court within 21 days of notice of the decision:

North and East Devon Magistrates Court, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX1 1UH

Tel: 01392 415300.

Other ways to do it

You can fill in a paper version of the form and send it to us in the post or bring it into our office.

You will need to fill in the application form and send this to us with:

  • a location plan and site plan for each site.
  • a Basic Disclosure Certificate from Gov.uk for:
    • the applicant
    • each named site manager
    • if you are applying as a partnership: each partner
    • if you are applying as a company: each director, shadow director and company secretary
  • a cheque for the fee

Making changes

If you want to make changes to your collector's licence you can email us or write to us with the new details.

If you want to come in to our offices and speak to an officer then please telephone first to make sure that someone is available.