The Greater Manchester Act 1981 requires all persons or businesses that carry on the business of dealing in second goods to register with the Council.

Who needs to register as a second hand goods dealer?
How do I register as a second hand goods dealer or renew my current registration?
How long does my registration last for?
How much will it cost?
What else will I need to do?
I want to compliment, complain or comment on a second hand goods dealer.

Who needs to register as a second hand goods dealer?

All persons who deal in second hand goods as a business must register with the Council unless they fall into one of the following categories:

  • Any person engaged in a business carried on by a group, organisation or body registered as a charity under Section 4 of the Charities Act 1960 or excepted from registration by virtue of Sub-section (4) of that Section
  •  A person in respect of whom particulars are registered under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 in respect of his business as a scrap metal dealer
  •  The holder of a licence issued under Section 22 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, in respect of activities covered by the licence or a person who does not need such a licence by virtue of Section 21 of that Act
  •  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 said Act of 1974) or of financing the use of goods by means of bailment agreements in respect of any such business or any transaction incidental thereto
  •  A person engaged in a business of which the primary purpose is the supply of new unused goods and to which the supply of second-hand or used goods is merely incidental; or
  •  A person engaged in business as a dealer in waste paper, cardboard, textiles or plastics in bulk in respect of his business as such; or
  •  A person whose sole or principal business is the sale or purchase of, or dealing in motor vehicles as defined in Section 190(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1972; or
  •  A person who merely occasionally enters into dealing in second hand goods.

How do I register as a second hand dealer or renew my current registration?

Before completing an application form, please ensure you read through the Guidance notes for second hand goods document available on the Downloads tab.

Register as a second hand goods dealer

How long does my registration last for?

Registration as a second good dealer lasts for three years.

How much will it cost?

There is no charge for a second hand goods dealer registration.

What else will I need to do?

Once a second hand goods registration is issued, you are required to comply with section 54 of the Greater Manchester Act - second hand goods, for example (extract from the Greater Manchester Act):

Every registered person is required to keep a book and enter every transaction where an article is acquired in the course of business. The information to be recorded is:

  •  The date of the transaction
  •  The quantity and description of the articles 
  •  The names and addresses of the persons from whom the articles were acquired.

The book must be retained for a period of one year from the date of the last entry. These records must be produced for inspection to an Authorised Officer of Bolton Council or any Police Constable.

 It is an offence to acquire any second hand goods from a person whom the registered person knows to be under 16 years of age.

A copy of the registration certificate must be displayed at the premises.

A copy of Section 54 Greater Manchester Act - second hand goods dealers is available on the Downloads tab

I wish to compliment, complain or comment on a second hand goods dealer

If you wish to compliment, complain or comment on a second hand goods dealer please contact the Licensing Team

Licensing Team

Regulatory Services

Castle Hill Centre

Castleton Street

Bolton

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