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Second Hand Goods Dealers Registration

Section 54 of The Greater Manchester Act 1981 requires all persons or businesses that carry on the business of dealing in second hand goods to register with the Council.

There is no fee to register and the registration is valid for three years.

There are exemptions from the need to register, these include;

  • 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 to Apply

In order to apply for a second hand goods registration, please complete the online form.

Once your application has been accepted, the Licensing Section will issue a registration and forward it to you in the post.

Should you wish to hire a stall on any of the markets, you should contact the Markets Office on 0161 342 3268.

We look forward to receiving your application and, if you have any difficulty with any of the forms or have any questions regarding this matter, please contact us:

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Licensing Office
Tame Street Depot
Tame Street
Stalybridge
Cheshire
SK15 1ST