Renfrewshire Council

Second hand dealer's licence

You need a second hand dealer's licence if you intend to sell any of the following types of goods:

  • cars, caravans and other motor vehicles, or motor parts
  • jewellery
  • furniture or domestic appliances, and
  • industrial or commercial plant and machinery.

There are certain activities which are exempt from the requirement to hold a second hand dealer's licence. For more information, contact the Civic Licensing Standards Officer.

How do I apply for a licence?

Apply for this licence using MyAccount. Please sign in to access the application. The guidance notes, conditions of licence and Display Notice/Certificate of compliance can be found in the Second Hand Dealer Pack, located on the related content area of this page.


What documents do I need to apply for a licence?

The application form and the relevant fee.


Do I need to do anything once my application is lodged?

Applicants must display a public notice at the proposed premises as soon as the application has been lodged. The display notice must be displayed for a period of 21 days together with a copy of the application. At the end of the 21 day period you must sign and return a certificate of compliance to confirm that you have displayed the notice for the statutory period.  These are contained within the Secondhand Dealer Pack which can be found in the related content area of the website.

How much is the licence fee?

Information on fees for all licences can be found in the related content area of the website under civic application fees.

How long will my application take?

All applications made under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 must be considered within 3 months and a decision made within 9 months.

Who is consulted about my application?

A copy of your application will be sent to Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Community Resources Section and Development and Housing Services. They will carry out their own investigations and report back to the licensing section.

What happens if there if an objection or representation to my application?

If an objection or representation is received the application must be considered at a meeting of the Regulatory Functions Board. You will be formally cited to attend the meeting and a copy of the letter of objection or representation will be sent out to you with the citation letter.

What conditions are attached to my licence?

The conditions of licence are contained within the Secondhand Dealer Pack which can be found in the related content area of the website.

A copy of the conditions of licence for second hand dealers licence will be issued to you if your licence is granted. The council requires all licenceholders to have a thorough understanding of these conditions and they should be kept as they form part of your licence.

How long does the licence last for?

Applications for the grant of a licence are generally granted for a period of one year. Applications to renew an existing licence are normally granted for a two year period.