Registration Scheme

The City of Newcastle upon Tyne Act 2000 ("the Act") requires all dealers in second hand goods in Newcastle to register with the City Council. The Trading Standards Service in Newcastle is responsible for the registration process. Please read this information carefully to see if the Act applies to you. If you need to register please fill in the registration form and return it to the address shown.

Who is affected

Any persons (including agents) who carry on the business of a dealer in second-hand goods trading within the City of Newcastle with the exception of:

  1. Charities registered under the Charities Act 1960;
  2. Scrap metal dealers registered under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act; 
  3. Dealers in waste paper, cardboard, textiles, plastics in bulk or second hand clothes (exempt only in respect of that part of the business);
  4. Dealers in motor vehicles;
  5. Businesses who only occasionally deal with second-hand goods.

What does the Act require?

There are two main requirements, namely registration and record keeping.


Dealers must now register with the Trading Standards Service. Both the dealer and the business premises must be registered. Dealers who do not have fixed premises within Newcastle should just register their business. Registration is valid for 3 years and there is no fee payable. The certification of registration must be displayed on a part of the premises open to the public.

Please note that if any of the details on the registration form change then a new registration must be made even if it is within the 3 years.

Record keeping

The Act requires dealers to keep detailed records of goods bought. These details must be entered in a book kept on the premises specifically for this purpose. In the case of dealers with no fixed premises (e.g. Market Traders) this book should be available whenever doing business.

This book must be retained for at least one year after the last entry was made and must be produced (if requested) to a Police Constable or Trading Standards Officer. Details which must be recorded include:

  1. Date of transaction
  2. Description of article
  3. Name and address of person from whom the article was acquired.

Download a copy of a record of transaction (pdf 20 kb)

Other requirements

It is also illegal to buy second-hand goods from somebody under the age of 16 years. It is also an offence for a person selling second-hand goods to you to give a false name or false address.

Unless otherwise stated, compliance is a legal requirement and failure to register may render you liable to a fine.

Planning requirements

Your application for Registration does not mean that approval has been given for your business activity by the Planning Authority. You will still need to give consideration to whether planning permission is required for the proposed business activity. You should contact the Planning Authority by emailing or phoning 0191 211 5654 to discuss whether permission will be needed.

How to apply

Please complete and submit an Application for Registration as a Dealer in Second Hand Goods (pdf 301 kb)

Requests for a registration form can be made by emailing or phoning 0191 2116121

Useful Links

Copies of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Act 2000 can be purchased from Her Majesty's Stationery Office or can be accessed at

A copy of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Act 2000 can be viewed at the Trading Standards Service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH where you may also obtain an application form and further help or advice.

The City of Newcastle upon Tyne Act 2000 also prohibits illegal street trading in a number of areas across the city including the City Centre and around the "Metro Radio Arena".

Section 4 of the Act amends the provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 in respect of reference to the Pedlars Act 1875. In that a certificate granted under the Pedlars Act 1875 is only legitimately used in Newcastle upon Tyne, if it is used in the following terms: "If the trading is carried out only by means of visits from house to house".

Contact details

For further information or clarification please contact the: Trading Standards Service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.
Phone: 0191 2116121.

Page last updated: 
30 August 2018
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