Second Hand goods

This type of activity is covered by the County of Merseyside Act 1980, Section 34.

Any person carrying on the business of a dealer in second-hand goods in Sefton must be registered under the above Act to do so.

There are no fees applicable for this service.


As from the 1st January 1986, any person carrying on the business of a dealer in second-hand goods in Sefton must be registered to do so under the above Act. 

Every person who is registered under the above Act is required to keep a written record of all articles acquired in the course of his/her business. This record must include:

  • the date of the transaction;
  • the quantity and description of the articles acquired:
  • the name and address of the person from whom the articles were acquired.

Any person who fails to fulfil the above conditions of the Act is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £200.00.

Yes; every person who is registered under the above Act is required to display a copy of the certificate of registration in the registered premises. Any person who fails to do so, without reasonable excuse, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £50.00 and to a daily fine not exceeding £5.00.

The Act does not apply to:

  • registered charities;
  • registered scrap metal dealers;
  • dealers in waste paper, textiles, or plastics in bulk;
  • holders of a licence issued under section 22 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974
  • providers of hire purchase agreements, conditional sale agreements, credit sale agreements, or bailment agreements under the Consumer Credit Act 1974;
  • suppliers of unused goods for whom the supply of second-hand goods is incidental.

This is a one off registration.

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