Itinerant Metal Dealer Licence

A licence is required for carrying on business as a Metal Dealer whether based in premises or not.  Provision is made for exemption from requiring a licence for an Exemption Warrant.  Metal Dealers holding an Exemption Warrant or a Temporary Exemption Warrant do not require to comply with the legal obligations contained in Section 30-35 of the Act.

Read our Guidance Notes (PDF) to find out more about your obligations and information about completing the application form.

Application Form (PDF) Application Form (Word)

Changes Itinerant Metal Dealer renewal applications

New tax legislation came into effect on 2 October 2023 which now requires the Local Authority to confirm that the applicant has completed a tax check before making a decision on issuing a renewal licence.  

In Scotland, this applies to all renewal applications made on or after 2 October 2023

If you do not give the licensing authority a valid tax check code your licence will expire on whichever of the following dates is the latest:

  • 28 days after the licensing authority asked for your tax check code
  • the date your licence expires

Our guidance notes have been updated to reflect the changes and give further information.

You can complete your Tax Check by clicking the green START NOW button at the bottom of the page on this link :

Eligibility Criteria

Your application must be in writing (including by electronic means), in the form specified us and accompanied by any requested fee.


Public notice of the application may be given in a local newspaper and objections may be considered.

We may make such reasonable inquiries as we think fit and include the results of these inquiries in matters we take into account, but where we intend to include any of these results we must notify you.

You may be given the opportunity to make representations.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from The Moray Council by the end of the target completion period.


You can pay your fee online when you submit your application. To minimise our costs, we will pass on a 1.80% charge on the value of all payments made by credit card.

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Apply online by using the link in the Online Services box below.

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