Second-hand dealer's licence

A Second Hand Dealer’s licence is required for the carrying on of a business as a dealer in second hand goods or articles as resolved by Fife Council.

These goods include jewellery, furniture, antiques, clothing, pedal or motor cycles, motor vehicles, books, electrical and general goods.  If you are unsure as to whether the goods or articles you propose to deal in are covered by Fife Council’s resolution please contact the Licensing Team.

A Second Hand Dealer’s licence shall not be required for carrying on:

  • the business of a pawnbroker (regulated under the Consumer Credit Act 1974)
  • a business as a wholesale dealer purchasing exclusively from Second Hand Dealers licensed under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982
  • the business of a charity (that is to say, a body which is entered in the Scottish Charity Register)
  • a business as a dealer in second hand goods or articles incidentally to another business
  • a 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 1974) or of financing the use of goods by means of hiring agreements.


A dealer who combines the trade of “second hand dealer”, metal dealer” and/or “itinerant metal dealer” will require a licence for each activity that they carry out.

Further details on the legislation governing this type of licence can be found by clicking on the Useful Links below - Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

For more information on

  • how to submit an application
  • the documentation and fee required
  • the application process
  • the time it takes to process your application
  • the standard conditions attached to a Second Hand Dealer's licence


please consult the “application pack” publication below.

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Tel: 03451 55 11 77 Contact Regulation Team online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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