Street trading consent
You will need street traders' consent if you want to trade in a street. This could include:
- hot and cold food sellers (e.g. burger vans, kebabs, ice-cream vans, doughnut stalls)
- sellers of non-food products from any vehicle, stall, barrow, trailer or any other moveable or static structure.
You will not need a licence for:
- fêtes, carnivals or similar community-based and run events
- non-commercial or charitable events
- farmers' markets (producer-managed marketplace for local producers to sell their own produce direct to local people)
- sales of articles by householders on land contiguous with their homes
Type of licence and fees
New consent (12 months): £405
New one-off occasion consent (up to 2 months): £91
How to apply
You can apply for either a street trading permit (link opens in new window).
Along with this application form, you:
- must submit the appropriate fee
- must submit relevant plans / map / route of area you will be trading in
- must submit a photograph of stall / vehicle
- must submit evidence of public liability insurance
- should have permission of the land owner of the area where you wish to trade
- should be registered as a food business in the area where the stall / vehicle is stored
What happens next?
An officer may visit the applicant and inspect the vehicle, barrow, cart, van, portable stall or other vehicle or premises which the applicant intends to trade from.
We will consult with the following bodies before deciding an application:
- Central Bedfordshire Council Highways
- Central Bedfordshire Council Planning
- Central Bedfordshire Council Public Protection Service (in respect of food hygiene, health and safety and nuisance matters)
- Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Bedfordshire Police
- the relevant Parish Council
A period of 21 days will be allowed for those consulted to respond, and for any comments to be taken into consideration before deciding the application.
We will then let you know the outcome of your application.
Tacit consent does not apply for this licence. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please email the licensing team at email@example.com.
Appeals and redress
The consultation period is 21 days, the council will normally seek to grant a consent (see Street trading policy (PDF 97.6KB) ).
Where an application is refused reasons will be given in writing to the applicant.
The Act does not provide for an appeal but the Council’s complaints procedure will apply.
Street trading consent may be revoked at any time. Where consent is surrendered or revoked the council will remit or refund as appropriate, the whole or part of any fee paid.