Second hand dealer

The Council is responsible for processing all licence applications, including Second Hand Dealer Licences.

The Council's Civic Government Appeals Board is the licensing authority for miscellaneous applications under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 which include the licensing of Second Hand Dealer.

Licence summary

To sell second hand goods you will require a second hand dealer's licence from the local authority. You will be required to keep records of each transaction.

Eligibility criteria

You must be deemed to be a fit and proper person to deal in second hand goods and your premises must be suitable for the purpose.

Payment details

The following licence fees are payable:

  • £230 for 1 year
  • £43 for a 6 week temporary licence 

Application evaluation process

There will be consultation with the local Chief Constable and other relevant consultees.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the 130 day period permitted for final determination of applications.

There are two ways of applying

Failed application redress

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • erred in law
  • used incorrect material fact when making their decision
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Licence holder redress

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • erred in law
  • used incorrect material fact when making their decision
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Consumer complaint

If you wish to appeal against a decision to grant a licence and you are a valid objector, you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • erred in law
  • used incorrect material fact when making their decision
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Trade associations

Certificate of Compliance

To sell goods second hand, including at auction where you are selling goods on your own behalf, you need a Submit a general enquiry second hand dealer's licence for the local authority. Prior to full approval of your application you must post notice of your intent at your premises for 21 consecutive days. A Site Notice can be obtained by contacting the Licensing Team.

Payment details

No licence fee is payable

Will tacit consent apply?

No. 

Apply for a Certificate of Compliance

There are two ways of applying:

Application to change a Second Hand Dealer's registration

To change your Second Hand Dealer's Licence you need to contact East Dunbartonshire Council, Licensing Team on 0141 578 8273 or by email(link sends e-mail) in the first instance.

Payment details

For details of the fee to be charged, please contact the Licensing Team using the contact details provided.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the 60 day period permitted for final determination of applications.

Apply to change a Second Hand Dealer's Licence

There are two ways of applying: