Second hand dealer registration

Any person who deals in second hand goods as a business must register with us. Every business registered must keep a log of all transactions which can be inspected by the Police.

Who doesn't need to register

You don't need to register if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • any person engaged in a business carried on by a group organisation or body which is registered as a charity under section 4 of the Charities Act 1960 or excepted from registration by virtue of subsection (4) of that section
  • a person who is registered as a scrap metal dealer
  • a person engaged in business as a dealer in waste paper, cardboard, textiles or plastics in bulk
  • the holder of a licence issued under section 22 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, who does not need such a licence because of section 21
  • a person engaged in the business either of financing the acquisition of goods by means of hire purchase agreements, conditional sale agreements or credit sale agreements, as defined in section 189(1) of the Consumer Credit Act of 1974, or of financing the use of goods by means of bailment agreements
  • a person engaged supplying new unused goods and to which the supply of second hand or used goods is merely incidental

Who needs to register as a second hand dealer

Anyone who carries on a business as a dealer in second hand goods.

How long registration lasts

Registration lasts 3 years. After this you need to re-apply to renew your registration.


To apply for a new registration costs £20.

What you need to provide with your application

You should submit the following:

  • a completed application form (and privacy statement if applying by post)
  • the appropriate fee (or payment reference if applying by post)

What happens once you have made an application

There is not a set application process as this is a registration only, however, we endeavour to process your application within 14 days of receipt.

Once we issue a registration certificate you must display this at your premises.

Tacit consent will not apply

You cannot assume your registration has been granted if you haven't heard from us within 14 days. It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us after this time you should contact us.

Apply to register as a second hand dealer or renew your current registration

Apply to register and pay your application fee online.

Apply by post

Before you send your application by post, you should pay online first and provide a reference of payment with your submitted application.


You can then download and print the application form and send it to us by post.

How to make an appeal or a complaint

If you want to appeal a decision you should contact us. Members of the public who are experiencing problems with a licensed premises should contact us for advice.

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Contact the Licensing Team

0114 273 4264
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
Block C
Staniforth Road Depot
S9 3HD

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