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Street trading consents

What is street trading, do you need a licence to sell goods on the street, ice cream van or catering unit? How to apply and pay for street trading consent, how to renew a licence, when you are exempt from a street trading licence and who regulates traders.

What is street trading?

Street trading means the selling, exposing or offering for sale any article (including a living thing) in a street (Local Government (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 1982, Paragraph 1(1) Schedule 4).

A 'street' includes:

  • any road, lay by, footway, beach or
  • other area, road, lay by, footway or forecourt to which the public have clear unobstructed access without payment; and
  • a service area as defined in Section 329 of the Highways Act 1980.

Do I need a consent to sell goods on the street?

Yes

If you wish to sell anything from a street and members of the public can approach your unit/barrow/stall without having to pay to access the land you are sited on, you require a street trading consent before you can trade.  Information on how to apply for a consent is provided further down this page.

No

If you meet any one of the exemptions, more information available further down the page explaining which activities are exempt from the requirement to hold a street trading consent.

Do I need a consent for an ice cream van?

Yes

If you wish to sell anything from the street and members of the public can approach your unit/barrow/stall without having to pay to access the land you are sited on, you require a street trading consent before you can trade.  Information on how to apply for a consent is provided further down this page.

No

If you meet any one of the exemptions, more information available further down the page explaining which activities are exempt from the requirement to hold a street trading consent.

Do I need a consent to sell goods from a unit?

Yes

If you wish to sell anything from the street and members of the public can approach your unit/barrow/stall without having to pay to access the land you are sited on, you require a street trading consent before you can trade. Information on how to apply for a consent is provided further down this page.

No

If you meet any one of the exemptions, more information available further down the page explaining which activities are exempt from the requirement to hold a street trading consent.

How do I apply for a street trading consent?

You can apply for a street trading consent using the online form below:

Apply online for street trading consent 

Find your ordinance survey location online

Applications for street trading consents can only be accepted from persons over 17-years-of-age.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council have a street trading policy, where it details our approach to licensing street traders and full requirements of the licensing authority.

Please note: the street trading policy is currently unavailable, we will upload the latest version as soon as possible.

The online form can be used to apply for:

  • multiple site consents (a maximum of five fixed locations) £620 for an annual consent or £400 for a consent for up to six months
  • special event consents (see fees below)
  • annual and seasonal static and mobile consents £580 for an annual consent or £320 for a consent for up to six months
  • occasional licence for 1 day - £35
  • all new traders (with the exception of occasional consent holders) will be required to pay for an ID badge at a cost of £30
  • mobile traders will need to pay for an identification plate for the unit at a cost of £45
  • any employees will also need to apply for an ID badge at a cost of £30.

A tacit consent does not apply to these applications.

Special events street trading

We also offer special event street trading consents, for events such as fairs and unofficial markets.

  • Up to 10 stalls £50
  • 11-24 trading stalls £100
  • 25 trading stalls and over £150.

These consents can also be applied for using the above form too.

Where can I trade from?

The following streets and lay-bys are designated as prohibited streets within the East Riding and therefore no consents to trade will be issued for these.

A full list of all consents currently in force can be viewed on the Street Trading Public Register.

Prohibited streets

  1. A63 from the Hull City boundary to its junction with the M62

  2. A165 Leven bypass from its junction with Catwick Lane, Brandesburton to its junction with the B1244/A1035

  3. A1035 from its junction with the A165 westwards to Monk Dyke bridge

  4. A1079 from the Hull City boundary to its junction with the A1035 York Road, Beverley

  5. A15 Humber Bridge northern approach road

  6. Carnaby Industrial Estate, Bridlington, all roads

  7. A164 lay-by (near Lazatt's restaurant) and existing north of Beverley turn off.

Road UPRN Name Length (m) Verge
A1033 45911041 Hollym 49 No
A1033 45905011 Hedon 44 No
A1033 45905012 Hedon 43 No
A1034 45902987 South Cave 34 No
A1034 45901948 Tickton 28 No
A1041 45902726 Snaith 67 No
A1079 45904974 Thorpe le Street 102 No
A1079 45904978 Arras Hill 97 No
A1079 45904973 Barmby Moor 60 No
A1079 45904978 Gardham 47 No
A1079 45904978 Gardham 46 No
A1079 45903561 Bishop Burton 32 No
A1079 45903561 Bishop Burton 30 No
A1079 45904973 Barmby Moor 20 No
A165 45904265 Buckton 51 No
A166 45911043 Skirpenbirk 68 No
A166 45903562 Fridaythorpe 38 No
A166 45904611 Clay Hill 36 No
A166 45904642 Bishop Wilton 35 No
A166 45911031 Little Driffield 35 No
A166 45911032 Kirby Underdale 26 No
A166 45911026 Youlthorpe 24 No
A166 45911032 Bishop Wilton 24 No
A614 45904587 Market Weighton 146 No
A614 45901857 Haisthorpe 115 No
A614 45904896 Thornholme 65 No
A614 45904881 Howden 58 No
A614 45904881 Howden 53 No
A614 45908278 Nth Airmyn Grange 37 No
A614 45908858 Howden 36 No
A614 45904585 Goole 32 No
A614 45908278 Nth Airmyn Grange 31 No
A614 45904585 Goole 31 No
A645 45904671 Snaith 49 No
A645 45904671 Snaith 35 No
B1230 45901843 Eastrington 47 No
B1230 45901843 Eastrington South 39 No
B1230 45904699 South Cave 38 No
B1230 45901843 Eastrington North 33 No
B1230 45904029 Gilberdyke 33 No
B1230 45904699 South Cave 24 No
B1244 45901858 Catwick 40 No
B1248 45904040 Molescroft 57 No
B1248 45904040 Molescroft 40 No
B1248 45911063 Lund 32 No
Dog Kennel Lane 45903798 Bishop Burton 93 No
M62 Spur 45904882 Howden 109 No
Prohibited lay-bys

 

If you wish to obtain a mobile street trading consent you will need to tick all ward areas you want consent for, these are listed on the application form.

Processing a Street Trading consent application

Once a complete application has been received the licensing team will consult with Highways, traffic management officer, Humberside police, environmental health team, food safety team and the planning department.

This will take a maximum period of 14 days, if nobody raises any concerns about your application it will be granted as applied for.

If it is felt the choice of site is unsuitable then the licensing authority will ask you to find an alternative site.

Transfers: A street trading consent cannot be transferred or sold to another person. The sub-letting of a pitch is prohibited.

You cannot trade until the consent has been issued; it is an offence to do so. For more information on how the licensing authority enforces and regulates street trading please visit Who regulates and enforces street trading?

A tacit consent does not apply to this application.

Do I need a consent for a market stall?

Yes

If you wish to provide a temporary market such as a pop-up food festival or a Christmas market, you will need a street trading consent. You can apply for a 'special event consent' that would cover all stalls at the temporary market, or you can apply for a consent for each individual stall.

If you are selling alcohol, you will also need to apply for a Temporary Events Notice.

No

If the market is a permanent, official market such as Beverley Saturday Market or Driffield market, a street trader licence is not required. Read more about trading at a permanent market.

How do I apply to renew my street trading consent?

It is your responsibility to renew your consent.

The easiest way to renew your street trading consent is to complete the online declaration form below, you will need to provide a new basic police check every third year and submit a new photograph every 5 years.

Application to renew street trading consent (Word 34kb opens in new window) 

If you no longer require your consent, you need to put this is writing to the licensing team:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

You are also required to return the plate and paper consent, the plate remains the property of the council at all times.

The responsibility for ensuring renewal of this consent rests solely with the consent holder. If a renewal application is not made then the consent will lapse and any application made will be dealt with as a new application and the trader will not be permitted to trade until the new consent is issued.

A tacit consent does not apply to this application.

How do I apply to change personal details on a street trading consent?

Please email licensing@eastriding.gov.uk for further advice. 

A change of detail will cost £10 for the consent to be reissued.

How do I know if a street trading unit has a consent?

Daily and static street traders, should on request be able to show a signed and dated licence issued by the licensing team.

A mobile trader, on the grant of their licence will be issued with identification plate which should be securely attached to the exterior of the unit.

The identification plate is pink and white and will have a number stated in bold, it will also state the area in which the unit is licensed to trade.

What is exempt from street trading consent?

Some types of trade are legally do not need to get a street trading consent.

These include:

  • a person trading under the authority of a pedlars’ certificate granted under the Pedlars Act 1871
  • trade carried out by roundsmen e.g. milkmen
  • trade carried on at a petrol filling station
  • a news vendor selling only newspapers and periodicals (subject to size restrictions on the stall/receptacle from which they operate)
  • a market trader operating at a licensed market venue
  • shop forecourts, only if any extension to shops existing stock, and
  • street collections.

If you require any further information on whether you may be exempt please contact either by:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

Who regulates street trading?

The licensing team issue and enforce all consents for street trading including the investigation and prosecution of street traders without consents.

It is an offence under Schedule 10 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. If a trader was prosecuted for trading without consent in place they could face a fine of up to £1000 for each time they are caught trading unlawfully.

If you wish to report a street trader that you think may be trading without a consent, you can contact us online.

Alternatively, you can email us:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

All consents issued are subject to conditions which have to be adhered to at all times.