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Licensing of second-hand dealers

England and Wales; Northern Ireland
A second-hand dealer’s licence is not generally required for carrying on business as a second-hand dealer; i.e. carrying on a business as a dealer in second-hand goods. However, this may be required under local legislation.
See for example:
* Kent: Kent County Council Act 2001 and Medway Council Act 2001;
* Nottingham: Nottingham City Council Act 2003.

For further information, enquire of the local authority.

Scotland
In Scotland, a second-hand dealer’s licence is required for carrying on business as a second-hand dealer; i.e. carrying on a business as a dealer in second-hand goods or articles of any description (Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982).

Exceptions: a second-hand dealer’s licence is not required for carrying on business:
* as a pawnbroker (i.e. person who takes an article in pawn under a regulated agreement under the Consumer Credit Act 1974)
* as a wholesale dealer purchasing exclusively from second-hand dealers licensed under the 1982 Act
* which is charitable for the purposes of the Income Tax Acts
* as a dealer in second-hand goods or articles incidentally to another business not being that of a dealer in such goods or articles
* in the financing of the acquisition of goods by means of hire-purchase agreements, conditional sale agreements or credit sale agreements (as defined in the Consumer Credit Act 1974)
* in financing the use of goods by means of hiring agreements.

[Page updated: 15/07/2012]



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