Any old iron?

Reading Borough Council civic offices

Reading Borough Council civic offices

Reading Borough Council are consulting on their proposed policy on regulation of scrap metal dealers. The consultation closes on 15 January 2017.

Scrap metal dealing and vehicle dismantling industries are regulated under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 by the issuing of licences by local authorities .

Reading Borough Council state that:

There is no requirement, in the Act, for a Council to have in place a formal policy for dealing with applications made under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. As a process of ‘Best Practice’ the Council has chosen to adopt a formal policy for this purpose.

In developing this policy statement, the Council will consult with existing scrap metal dealers/motor salvage operators, Thames Valley Police, British Transport Police, Environment Agency and Industry Associations.

What Steptoe and Son would have had to say about the policy we will never know!

The policy sets out the licence application process and record keeping required by operators as well as  compliance measures that can be taken by the police and local authority.

A register of licensed scrap metal dealers is kept by the Environment Agency and it can be searched to find collector and site permits issued by Reading Borough Council.

Metal such as lead stolen from church roofs was in the news in September last year when police forces worked with Historic England (HE) in Operation Crucible to investigate heritage metal theft. HE helped identify metal that may have been stolen from historic sites.

To comment, raise concerns or ask any questions regarding the proposed policy contact


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