A licence is required to operate a business buying and/or selling certain types of second-hand goods in Falkirk.

If you deal in any of the second-hand goods listed below you need a second-hand dealer's licence.

  • household effects and electrical and gas goods
  • personal effects including clothing, watches, jewellery, photographic equipment and mobile telephone equipment
  • bicycles
  • motor vehicles, motor cycles and caravans including spare parts, accessories and tyres
  • manufactured goods
  • antiques, paintings, historical prints and maps
  • stamps and coins
  • antique and modern furniture and soft furnishings
  • sport and recreational effects including personal computers, computer peripherals and discs
  • musical instruments

To operate the business of Second Hand Dealing in the Falkirk Council area you need a licence. Licences are issued by Falkirk Council in terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

Generally a Second Hand Dealer Licence is granted for 3 years and costs £255 for both new and renewal applications.

How to apply

The following second hand dealer licence application form is available for download:

Application for the grant of a new or renewal of a Second Hand Dealer Licence

You can also get an application form by contacting us directly:

Licensing Section
District Court Offices, Municipal Buildings
West Bridge Street
01324 501575