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If you trade in the street you may require a street trading consent – applications should be made in writing to the council for the area you wish to trade.
You must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence – consents are either granted in full, with amendments or refused. A set of conditions will be attached to all consents.
The powers to regulate and issue licences are contained in the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 enables councils to control street trading by classifying streets as:
We have resolved to adopt the ‘consent’ status to regulate trading activities for all streets. This is a simpler, more effective means of control – consent streets are defined as ‘a street in which Street trading is prohibited without the consent of the council’, where street means ‘any road, footway, beach or other area to which the public have access without payment’.
We have a general discretion in granting or renewing a consent, but we cannot approve your application unless we are satisfied that:
To clarify, a street trading consent would not be required for:
We also do not require you to obtain a consent for trading on private land such as a garden, car park or other area where the public are denied general rights of access or have to pay to enter. You may need to obtain planning permission or the express permission of the council (as landowner) if we own or are responsible for the land.
The council aims to make a decision within 28 days of receipt of a correct application, but it may take a maximum of 60 days. A consent may be withdrawn by the council at any time.
For new applications we will consult with other officers, the Police and Ward Councillors – you must not trade unless your application is approved.
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period which is a maximum of 56 days.
If you have not heard from the council within a reasonable period, please contact us. Follow the link to do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service.
After you have submitted a fully-completed application we will be in a position to issue your consent, which normally expires annually on 31 March. Sometimes we may grant a consent for a limited trial period. You must provide:
If you fail to pay the prescribed fee or fall behind in your installments we have authority to revoke your consent immediately. Any consent will be granted or renewed subject to special and standard conditions, which will be shown on your consent. Failure to abide by the conditions may lead to a prosecution against you or the revocation of your consent.
Applicants or licence holders should contact the council in the first instance.
If you wish to complain about a trader, we advise that you first contact the trader – preferably in the form a letter with proof of delivery. For further advice please contact us or follow the links below: