Two types of transportation and sale permits are available to the public. The first is a one-year permit, which must be applied for in person at the Sheriff’s Office. After approval of the application, the permit holder will be able to transport and sell quantities of nonferrous metals to a recycler for a one-year period of time. The second is a 48-hour permit, the number for which can be obtained by calling the Sheriff’s Office. As the name implies, it is valid for only 48 hours, and no more than two 48-hour permits can be issued to a person in a single year. Both types of transportation and sale permits are free to the public.
Any person or
business intending to purchase nonferrous metals must obtain a
permit to purchase from the Sheriff’s Office in each county
where he or it maintains a fixed site for business.
There is a $200 fee for the purchase permit, and it must
be renewed every two years.
A recycler may not purchase nonferrous metals from a
person unless the seller presents his permit to transport and
sell to the recycler, or the permit number if it is a 48-hour
permit. Likewise, a
seller cannot sell to a recycler who does not have a purchase
recordkeeping duties are imposed on the recycler for each sale,
and these records must be maintained for two years.
When the new law takes effect, it will be illegal for an individual not acting in the ordinary course of business to transport more than ten pounds of nonferrous metals on the highways without a transportation permit. Further, transportation of nonferrous metals that are known to be stolen will be a felony punishable by ten years in prison.
Sheriff Stone stated, “While the revisions made will provide some benefit in deterring thefts of copper and other metals, there is no substitute for community vigilance. I encourage everyone to keep a watch on their neighbor’s property, and to please contact the Sheriff’s Office if suspicious or questionable activity is seen.”
Permits for transportation of non-ferrous metals: (The term non-ferrous is used to indicate metals other than iron and alloys that do not contain an appreciable amount of iron) Prior to transporting more than 10 pounds of non-ferrous metals, or the sale of any amount of non-ferrous metal, a permit must be obtained.
Free Permits may be obtained as follows: ... One year permits May be obtained in person at the Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be a Pickens County resident, present a Photo ID and the transporting vehicle registration. See the front desk officer located in the main lobby. Temporary permits (48 hours) May be obtained, twice per year, by phone. Prior to transporting metal call the front desk officer at (864) 898-5539 to obtain a temporary permit. The permit must be obtained in advance, prior to transporting.