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Second Hand Dealers Licence Info

The Law in Scotland requires a second hand dealer to hold a “Second Hand Dealers Licence”.

A second hand dealer is a person carrying on a business as a dealer in second hand goods or articles of any description.

So, when does the law consider you a dealer?

There is no hard and fast rule, but ask yourself the following questions:

Are the goods you are selling your personal property?

If you buy goods specially to resell - for example, from auction websites, newspaper adverts or a cash and carry - or if you make goods for the purpose of selling them, you are very likely to be a dealer.


Do you sell at fairs regularly?

If so, you are likely to be a dealer even if it is not a major source of income.


Do you sell similar goods at other venues - for example, markets, in the street or from home?

If so, you are almost certainly a dealer.


Selling your own goods is permitted and no licence is required if you are not a dealer.

If you are a dealer it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct licences to sell your wares.

Local authorities can issue fines of up to £2500 for non compliance.

A second dealers licence typically costs £300 which covers a 3 year period and this can be applied for at any Scottish Local Authority.

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