Issue - decisions
Periodic Review of Licence Fees for Scrap Metal Licences
Councillor George Davies introduced a report by the Strategic Director - Regeneration and Environment that requested that the Cabinet review and approve the schedule of fees for the administration and processing of applications under The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 with effect from 1 April 2015.
The Cabinet noted that the Council was legally entitled to charge such a fee for licences that it considered reasonable with a view to recover the costs of administering the scheme and ensuring compliance.
Under the provisions of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 the cost of a licence must be related to the cost of the licensing scheme itself. It was therefore, appropriate for a local authority to recover their administrative and other associated costs.
Estimated costs to the Licensing Section of licensing Scrap Metal Dealers had previously been calculated as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report. A review of current costs had been undertaken and it had been identified that from January 2015 the licensing function would be subject to a 2.2% increase in staffing costs. The Cabinet was, therefore, asked to approve an increase in the licensing fees for Scrap Metal Licences as detailed in Appendix 2 to the report to reflect the increase in the cost of the administration.
That the fees for Scrap Metal Licences be set as detailed in Appendix 2 to the report and come into effect from 1 April 2015.