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Sales by competitive bidding (Auction)

The Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1984 requires any premises used for the holding of auctions and other sales by competitive bidding to be registered with the local authority.

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If you are familiar with the application process, please apply for registration

If you are a new applicant, please read on.

Registration summary

The local authority has to register all premises that are holding sales by competitive bidding i.e. auctions.

On payment of a registration fee, Trading Standards will issue a certificate to show that you have registered your premises/stalls at a particular address for the holding of sales of goods by competitive bidding in conformity with the provisions of the Act as mentioned below.


What you need to know before applying

Duration: The registration will be in force from the date of the certificate up to and including 31 March and is renewable annually.

Suitability of premises: We will take into account the suitability of the premises or stall, the application, and the occupier.

Conditions: Often, conditions will be applied to the registration. Full details are contained in the document:

Typically these will be:

  • that the Trading Standards Service shall be notified of the dates on which the auction(s) will take place; and
  • officers of the Trading Standards Service are to be given permission to inspect all aspects of the auction(s) at any reasonable time

Exemptions: Exempt from registration are:

  • any sales where no substantial part of the sale goods are brought onto the premises; and
  • any sales wholly for the purpose of assisting the funds of a voluntary organisation

How to apply

Fees and charges Fees for all applications - 2016 - 2017 [207kb]

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Application: Your online application will require you to register with Business Link - a quick, easy process that gives you an online account that you can use across different government services.

Help (small) Help is provided about online applications.

Before you start your application, please ensure that you have:

  • a valid credit or debit card
  • the full address of the premises at which your auction(s) will take place 
  • the reference number for any previous registration (if available)

Apply for registration

What happens next

To find out more information [48kb] on:

  • what does the application process involve?
  • can I start trading before receiving my licence (i.e. will tacit consent apply)?
  • what can I do if my application fails?
  • how can I make a complaint?


Subject to a few special cases (see 'Exemptions' above) Section 25 of the  Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1984 [83kb] creates an offence of selling or permitting the sale of goods by way of competitive bidding:

  • on premises in any London borough which are not registered under this part of the Act
  • on premises which are so registered, but in breach of a condition upon which they are so registered - see below
  • from a stall which is not registered under this part of this act with the borough council
  • from a stall which is so registered, but in breach of a condition upon which it is registered

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Article utilities:  Bookmark and Share Print Print this page Last updated: 06 Oct 2015 at 13:44