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If you want to deal in second-hand goods you need to be registered with us.
You do not need to be registered if your business involves mainly the supply of new, unused goods and a small percentage of second-hand goods.
Also, if you occasionally sell second-hand goods and it is not your business (or living) then you do not need to be registered. For example, selling unwanted household goods at a car boot sale.
Yes, if the following applies:
There are several ways to register:
You will need to complete this form which asks for personal details about yourself and your business.
Yes there is a one off registration fee which is currently £30.00.
Again, there are several ways to pay
The registration lasts until you surrender it or it is revoked by us. There is no renewal process.
Yes you are, at your business premises and it is an offence not to do so.
You should keep a copy with you at the places you do business as a second-hand goods dealer.
If you change your name or address please inform us by using the form in the documents section or by emailing the change to the address below.
In such circumstances please return your existing Registration Certificate to us and we will issue you an amended one free of charge.
Please contact us and let us know so a replacement can be issued. This service is free of charge.
The registration scheme is governed by the County of Lancashire Act 1984. The main requirement is to keep a book and enter the following information about all your transactions:
Please note that it is an offence not to comply with the above requirement.
It should be bound (hard-backed) and contain consecutively numbered pages.
You must keep the book(s) for 2 years from the date of the last transaction or entry made in it.
They will be invited to register themselves but if they do not do so within a reasonable amount of time and continue to carry on business as a second-hand goods dealer we will consider prosecution proceedings.
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as a second-hand goods dealer as soon as a registration application has been submitted to us. We will try and issue the Registration Certificate to you within 5 working days of receiving a valid application.
If there is a problem with your application, such as missing details, we will try and contact you, but as long as the application is valid all applicants will be registered.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.