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Metal Dealer's Licences

Metal dealers in Orkney require a licence from the Council under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 for any premises which would be used for dealing in or processing metal.

Metal details who buy and sell on a door-to-door basis must hold an Itinerant Metal Dealer's Licence issued by a Scottish Local Authority under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982. This licence is valid throughout Scotland.

On this page is all the information you will require to apply for a Metal Dealer's Licence. Relevant documents are available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

HMRC Tax Checks

From 2 October 2023 in Scotland, applicants for metal dealers' or itinerant metal dealers' licences need to complete tax checks with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

New applicants require to confirm that they are aware of their tax responsibilities.

Applicants for renewal require to provide a valid Tax Check Code as part of their application. If this is not provided, the Council cannot process the application.

Information about the requirements is shown in the HMRC Tax Check Factsheet, the Guidance Notes and the application form, published from the Related Downloads section of this page.

If you require further information about this topic please contact the Licensing Team, Legal Services, on telephone: 01856873535 extensions 2229 or 2232 (voice mail available) or via email.

If you would like to see someone in person to discuss a licensing matter please contact the Licensing Team to make an appointment.