Registration is required of anyone who deals in second hand goods, to protect such dealers from allegations relating to receiving stolen goods and to enable identification of anyone passing on stolen goods. However, not all second hand goods require registration.
Application is made to the Council with a one-off fee of £91.06.
Checks are then made with the Police as to whether the applicant is a fit and proper person. Once checks are passed, a certificate of registration is issued. This shows various conditions, including maintaining a register of all transactions and displaying the certification on the premises.
The Police are kept updated of persons who register with the Council. They can inspect the premises at any reasonable time. Certificates do not expire but the Council should be informed of any amendments e.g. change in location of any person registered. Anyone found that isn’t duly registered can be prosecuted.
Tacit consent will apply.
This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the Council by the end of the target period.