Changes to the way scrap metal dealers are licensed are due to come into force next month.
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 ensures only people who have been properly vetted can lawfully collect, buy or sell scrap metal.
The Act also gives councils more powers, including the ability to refuse a licence or revoke licences if the dealer is considered unsuitable.
There are two licences depending on what business the dealer undertakes.
A site licence is required for businesses that take in scrap metal or vehicles and either store scrap metal for sale or future sale or process it.
And a collector’s licence is for those who operate a scrap collection business, for example, door to door or from businesses and then sell it on the scrap yards or motor salvage yards.
Dealers, operators and collectors can apply from October 1 for the appropriate licence.
Those who are registered with the City of Lincoln Council before October 1 and apply between October 1 to 15 will be able to continue to trade while their application is considered.
Those registered but who do not apply on or before October 15 will not be able to trade after October 16 until their application is determined.
Anyone not registered will have to cease trading on October 1 and those not registered can apply after October 1 but will not be able to trade until their application is decided.
Kevin Barron, licensing manager at the City of Lincoln Council, said: “It is important that dealers and collectors register with us before the October 1.
“If they fail to do so they will be unable to trade until a licence has been issued. Collectors also need to ensure that they register and then apply for a licence in every district council area they operate in.”
The application form and including guidance can be obtained from www.lincoln.gov.uk; email email@example.com
Alternatively call 01522 873564, visit City Hall or write to the The Licensing Team, City Of Lincoln Council, City Hall, Lincoln, LN1 1DB.
Licence fees will be determined at a meeting of the full council on September 24.