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​​A License issued for an individual to act as an Auctioneer shall only be issued by the Trade Licences Unit, within the Commerce Department, to applicants who must be not less than eighteen years old and be of good moral character and not have within the last three (3) years been convicted of a criminal act relating to fraud or misappropriation of money or other articles. In addition, the applicant must also be knowledgeable of the national auctioneering legislation and procedure; national laws and regulations relating to antiques and cultural heritage and relevant general commercial practice.

The applicant must provide the following information, as required in the Application Form:

  •            Title, Name and Surname;
  •            Nationality;
  •            ID Card No/Passport No;
  •            Address of residence in Malta;
  •            Telephone, Mobile and Email Address;     

If the applicant is acting on behalf of a Company or a Commercial Partnership, the following information will also be required:

  •            Name of Company or Commercial Partnership;
  •            Address;
  •            Company Registration No;
  •            Company’s VAT No

 The application to act as an Auctioneer shall be accompanied by:

  •          Conduct Certificate (Police);
  •          Copy of Passport or Residence Permit (if applicant is not of Maltese nationality);
  •          Copy of Work Permit;
  •          Two passport-size photographs; and
  •          A Board Resolution signed by the Company Secretary authorising the applicant to represent the Company.

The Trade Licensing Unit shall notify the Auctioneer’s Board of the application within five (5) working days and shall issue a licence or a notice of refusal within ten (10) days from receiving notification of the Board’s decision.

An auctioneer shall furnish any information requested by the Minister/ Trade Licensing Unit within a period of fifteen (15) days from the date of service of a written request upon an auctioneer to that effect. The Minister/ Trade Licensing Unit shall have the right to inspect all books of accounts, documents and other records kept by an auctioneer in his premises or elsewhere.


Decisions of the Board shall be fully reasoned and shall be subject to appeal before the Administrative Review Tribunal established by article 5(1) of the Administrative Justice Act. The appeal can be sent to or to Commerce Department, Lascaris Bastions, Daħlet Ġnien is-Sultan, Valletta, VLT1933, Malta. 


A one-time payment of €200 in respect of the consideration by the Auctioneers Board on submitting the application and €40 per annum thereafter if a licence is granted.

Once a licence is issued this shall be valid for the year of issue and may be renewed for further periods of one year each ending on 31st December of the year of renewal.

Links to important legislation:

Chapter 342 - Auctioneers Act​

Subsidiary Legislation 342.01 Public Auction Regulations​

Enquiries can be directed to tradelicencea​​ or by telephone on 25690313, 25690289, 25690310, 25690312 and 25690315​ during the normal working hours.

The application form can be downloaded from here:

Date of last update – 07/07/2020