Second hand goods dealer licence

There is a fee of £121

The County of Lancashire Act 1984 requires anyone dealing in second-hand goods to register with the local authority in which they trade.

To register, you must complete an application form stating your name and address together with details of each place from which you intend to trade in such goods.

A registration certificate is not required for the following activities:

  • charitable organisations
  • scrap metal dealers
  • motor vehicle traders
  • people who deal with waste paper, cardboard or plastics
  • holders of a licence under section 22 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (i.e. those involved in credit or hire businesses)
  • persons engaged in any business whose primary purpose is the supply of new unused goods and to which the supply of second hand goods is merely incidental

Registration requirements

You must keep a register at each of the premises where you deal in second-hand goods sales. The register must be a bound book with consecutively numbered pages and must be kept for two years after the date the last entry was made in the register. Every transaction involving any acquisition of goods must be recorded, along with the date of the transaction, quantity and description of the articles(s), the name and address of the person from whom the articles(s) was/were acquired and, where possible, the registration number of any vehicle used by the seller to deliver the article(s) to you.

Breaching any of these provisions constitutes a criminal offence.

A police constable is entitled to examine these records at any reasonable time.