Licence summary

If you trade in the street you may require a street trading consent.

Applications should be made in writing (including by electronic means) to council.

You must provide specific information, including details of the street you wish to trade on and the days and times you wish to trade.

You may also be required to provide two photographs of yourself.

You must comply with any conditions attached to a consent.

Eligibility criteria

You must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application evaluation process

Under certain circumstances the council may refuse an application on statutory or policy grounds.

The council will either grant the application or serve a notice on you within a reasonable time.

The notice will be served if the council intend to refuse the application, grant it on different terms than those applied for, confine trading to a particular place in a street, vary conditions of a consent or revoke a consent.

The notice will detail the grounds for their decision and state that within seven days of the notice you can request in writing the opportunity to make representations.

Will tacit consent apply?

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

Apply online

Apply to become a street trader

Failed application redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

There is no right of appeal against the council's decision to refuse an application for consent.

Licence holder redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, citizens advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European consumer centre.

Trade associations


Planning permission

Planning permission may be required for street trading, we would recommend that you contact the planning department regarding this on 01242 264328 or