Street Trading Licence

Browsing through the Sunday market you never know what you may find, from rare antiques to the taste of succulent food, but it’s one thing being a curious browser looking over what is on offer, but it’s another being a tradesperson setting up a stall and promoting a business. To operate a market stall, you will need a licence, that licence being, a street trading licence.

LICENCE Name

Street Trading Licence

AUTHORITY

Local Council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 10 days
COST £100
VALID FOR 6 Months
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years, right to work in UK
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
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Application for Street Trading Licence

copy of public liability insurance certificate
copy of food safety and hygiene certificate (if trading in cooked food)
a copy of gas certificate if cooking with LPG gas
a copy of food registration certificate
commercial waste agreement
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What is a street trading licence?

To operate a market stall, you will need a street trading licence. A stall is classed as selling items from a trailer or any other receptacle in a street.

A street trading licence will normally only authorise the sale of goods on a designated site and does not include mobile trading. 

Having a street trading licence ensures that adequate standard of food hygiene is maintained and that health risks to the public are minimised. A street trading licence also allows local authorities to control nuisances which can be associated with street trading such as noise, smell and litter.

There are two types of street trading licences, temporary licence and permanent licence.

Temporary licence

If you are applying for a street trading licence for the first time you will need to apply for a temporary licence first.

After 6 months of trading with a temporary licence you will then be eligible to apply for a permanent licence.

Permanent licence

A permanent licence allows a holder to trade on a permanent basis. Permanent licenses are required to be renewed every three years.

How to get a street trading licence

Pavement or street display licence applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

FAQs

Street trading is defined as the selling or offering for sale of any type of goods in the street. Traders who sell goods in public, whether that be on a high-street or a designated site must have a street trading licence.
If a licence holder wishes to trade from a place that is not a designated site, licensing Inspectors from your local council will consider designating that place as a licence site.
No. found selling goods and trading without a street trading licence may face a fine of £1,000.