Second hand vehicle dealer

The Council is responsible for the processing of all licence applications including Second Hand Vehicle Dealer.

Licence summary

Subject to certain statutory exceptions, if you wish to deal in second hand vehicles, you may need a licence from your council.  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 fee is payable:

  • £230 for 1 year
  • £43 for 6 weeks 

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 period of six months permitted for final determination of applications

Apply online

You will shortly be able to apply online(link is external) for a Second Hand Dealer licence.  In the meantime please download the attached second hand vehicle dealer application form attached. 

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.