Street trading consents

If you want to sell items in the street or on land where the public have access, (without having to pay) you will require a street trading consent from licensing services.

If you trade but do not have a consent you could be liable for a fine.

If you wish to trade on private land you require permission from the landowner as well as consent from ourselves. You may also require planning permission if your trading unit is a fixed, permanent structure.

If you are organising an event such as a fete, gala or fair you will also require a consent. Please see occasional street trading for more details.

If you are a mobile food trader you are required to register with our food safety unit.


There are restrictions on how, where and when you can trade. These restrictions, as well as other information, can be found on the street trading guidance.

Applying for consent

Return the completed application form(s) to Licensing Services.

Processing your application

Under normal circumstances we will usually make a decision within 28 days and we will notify you in writing. The time taken for a decision to be made will depend upon the proposed location of the site, and whether any consultation processes need to be undertaken with other parties, such as the Highway Authority, the Police or Parish Councils.

If your application is successful you will need to supply a passport size photograph of yourself and any assistants employed by you.

You will also need Public Liability Insurance before you are allowed to trade.


Fees are individually assessed for trading locations within the city walls, and within the vicinity of the city walls, as this depends on where you trade and the type of goods you sell.

Cost outside the city walls

  • ice cream: £1,600
  • food: £1,500
  • non food: £725

If your application is successful you will be told the exact fee and how to pay it. Payments can be broken down into 12 monthly instalments.

Tacit consent

Not all applications fall under tacit consent parameters, due to reasons of public interest.

If tacit consent applies, then you can act as if your application has been granted if we do not respond within a specified time after the confirmed receipt of your application.

Tacit consent does not apply to this application, therefore it is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted.

  • you cannot assume permission will be given
  • we will contact you within 28 days to acknowledge receipt of your application
  • if you have not heard from us within 28 days please contact us to check the status of your application


Consents are renewed each year on 1 April. Reminders are sent in February/March. Renewal is not guaranteed.

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