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.
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.
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.