Second hand goods licence

Find out how to apply for a second-hand dealer's licence.

Before you start

If you want to sell second-hand goods, you'll need to get a second-hand dealer's licence from the local authority you wish to sell in.

You don't need to apply for a licence if you're a:

  • pawnbroker and wholesale dealer purchasing exclusively from licensed second-hand dealers
  • charitable business for the purpose of the Income Tax Acts
  • business dealing in second-hand articles that are incidental to another business
  • business financing the acquisition of goods by means of hire-purchase agreements, conditional sale agreements or financing the use of goods by means of hiring agreements
Second hand goods licence1 April 2022 to 31 March 20231 April 2023 to 31 March 2024
1 year or temporary£189£212
2 years £360£404
3 years£511£573

How to apply

Download a second hand goods licence application form (PDF) [104KB] (opens new window) .

What happens next?

Your application will be processed.

If you don't hear from us within a reasonable period phone 0141 577 4684.

If your application is refused

If your licence is refused you can appeal to the Sheriff by writing to Paisley Sheriff Court.

The appeal must be made within 28 days of the refusal. 

Last modified on 1 April 2023