Medway Act 2001

The Trading Standards Team, on behalf of Medway Council and with the co-operation and support of Kent Police, promoted the Medway Council Act 2001.

After nearly three years of consultation and progress through the parliamentary process, the Act came into force on 1 December 2001. An identical act was promoted by Kent County Council, so the same provisions apply throughout the whole geographical county of Kent.

Dealers in second hand goods should know about this piece of legislation. More information can be found on the Trading Standards Team website.

The aims of the Act

The Act aims to regulate the trade in second-hand goods and make it more difficult for criminals to dispose of stolen property because dealers in second-hand goods will need to be registered and keep records. Legitimate traders have nothing to fear from the Act and in fact stand to gain in both trade and reputation, as dishonest traders are forced out of the market. Second-hand dealers are able to register online. The legislation will also affect occasional sales (which includes events such as boot fairs, markets and one day sales).

Notification of an occasional sale (or boot fair)

Both the person holding the sale and the occupier of the premises on which the sale is due to take place must download, complete and send the notification of an occasional sale (or boot fair)  to the council at least 21 days before the event. 

The Act can be changed

The Act allows Medway Council to amend the way that the record-keeping system works, providing the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills approves.

Goods that must be recorded

These include:

  • electrical or battery powered goods;
  • any medium on which sound, images or other data may be stored or recorded and which is intended for use with any such goods.

The following goods must be recorded if, in the reasonable opinion of the dealer at the time of the transaction, they are to be sold or offered for sale for more than £10:

  • vehicle parts;
  • jewellery;
  • watches;
  • photographic equipment;
  • sports equipment;
  • equestrian equipment;
  • boating equipment;
  • musical equipment;
  • tools;
  • bicycles;
  • optical equipment;
  • firearms;
  • gardening equipment.

Goods that must be recorded if, in the reasonable opinion of the dealer at the time of the transaction, they are to be sold or offered for sale for more than £50 include:

  • all goods not previously mentioned.

For more information contact Trading Standards by telephone: 01634 333 333 or by email: consumer.protection@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Trading Standards, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR.