Motor salvage operatorsLast updated: 03 October 2013 09:22 UK
If you are a motor salvage operator, you must be registered with your local authority.
- Please direct amenities enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 023 9283 4572
You are a motor salvage operator if you:
- Recover for reuse or sale, in whole or in part, salvageable parts from motor vehicles and sell or otherwise dispose of the rest of the vehicle
- Mainly or wholly buy written-off vehicles and repair and resell the same vehicle
- Mainly or wholly sell or buy motor vehicles that are to be subject of any of the two activities above
- Carry out activities that fall under the latter two points above
The regulations were introduced to regulate the motor salvage industry on a statutory basis - the decision to regulate this type of salvage arose from a court case which decided that motor salvage operators could not be registered under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964.
- You must complete fully and return the application form (available below) and submit the relevant fee payable
- Applications will be refused if the local authority is not satisfied that the applicant is a fit and proper person to carry on business as a motor salvage operator
- The council will take into account any relevant previous convictions
- If an application or renewal is refused the council does not have to consider any other applications by the person for three years from the date of refusal
- A council may cancel a registration and does not have to consider any application for registration from the cancelled operator for three years from the date of the cancellation
If the council intends to refuse an application or cancel a registration they must serve a notice on the applicant or operator - the notice must give details of what they are proposing to do, the reasons for it and the period during which the person may make representations.
This period must not be less that 14 days and starts from the date of service of the notice. A notice will be served detailing the decision of the local authority as to whether to grant an application, renew a registration or cancel a registration.
Notice of changes to registered information must be made to the local authority within 28 days of the change.
The registration costs £78.00 for a period of three years - thereafter a further application form will need to be submitted to the Licensing Authority two months before the expiry of the existing registration, together with the appropriate registration fee. Cheques must be made payable to Portsmouth City Council.
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 council by the end of the target completion period which is maximum of 56 days.
- Application to register as a motor salvage operator
- Application to change details of a current registration
- Application to surrender a current registration
- Application to renew a registration as a motor salvage operator
Appeals and complaints
Applicants or licence holders should contact the council in the first instance to appeal a decision.
- If an application is refused the applicant may appeal to the local Magistrates’ Court
- Application must be made within 21 days of service of the local authority notice
If you wish to complain about amenities, we advise that you first contact the trader - preferably in the form a letter with proof of delivery. For further information please follow the links below: