Street traders

What is street trading, do you need a licence to sell goods in the street? How to apply and pay for street trading consent, how to renew a consent, when is consent not required to street trade and who regulates street traders.

Apply to renew street trading consent

What is street trading?

Street trading means the selling, exposing or offering for sale any article/goods (including a living thing) in a street, a street includes any outside area incorporating

  • any road, lay-by, footway, beach or
  • garden areas, forecourts and car parks to which the public have clear unobstructed access without payment.

All of the above include land which is privately owned too.

If you wish to sell goods in any area specified above within the East Riding of Yorkshire a consent will be required before you can trade.

There are certain areas within the East Riding of Yorkshire that street trading is not permitted, and no consent would be issued for. For full details see 'Where can I trade from?'

It is an offence under Schedule 4, paragraph 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.

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 document below:

Street Trading Register (pdf 51kb)

Register updated 12 April 2024.

The licensing team would not look to issue consents where the provision in that area are already met.

It is an offence under Schedule 4, paragraph 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.

A full list of prohibited streets and lay-bys can be viewed on the document below:

Prohibited Streets and Lay-bys (pdf 112kb)

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, meaning that your application will not be automatically granted after a specified period of time. Each application must be considered on its own merit.

What supporting documents are required to make a valid application?

For all application (excluding daily and special events consents) the following supporting documents are required to make a valid application:

  • A site plan of the proposed locations/showing where the unit would be located
  • x 2 photographs of the unit to be licensed
  • Basic criminal record check (less than 6 weeks old) for the applicants and any staff proposed to work the unit
  • Public liability insurance (minimum of 2 million covering third and public liability risks)
  • Proof of right to work in the UK
  • A certified passport photograph of all parties to work in the unit (an additional charge of £58 is payable for each badge above the applicants)
  • Written proof of landowners permission (if applicable)
  • For food vendors - a level 2 food hygiene qualification and confirmation of a food hygiene rating of 3 stars or above.

For special event consents the following supporting documentation is required to make a valid application:

  • The written permission of the landowner (for land, not highway)
  • Location plan and list of all stalls at the event and articles been sold
  • Public liability insurance (minimum of £2 million covering third and public liability risks).

Who regulates and enforces street traders?

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

If you wish to report a street trader that you think may be trading without consent, you can email us at: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk.

Please provide as much information as possible when lodging concerns, to allow the matter to be investigated.

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

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