To avoid disappointment we recommend that anyone wishing to sell anything from an outside area, that the public has free access to, conducts some basic checks to establish what authorisations or permissions may be required before making a significant business investment, making any sales or setting up any site or stall.
Can I apply for the area I want?
Check to ensure the area you are considering is not prohibited or covered already by an existing consent/s. For prohibited streets and laybys see Where can I trade? and for a register of all current consents please view our public register below.
Is there a consent to cover my business idea?
Full information on the types of consent available are listed under What types of consent can I apply for?
Who owns the land?
Check to see who owns the land, in all cases except for where the land is designated as highway you will also require landowners permission to trade from that land. If the land is privately owned, the owner of the land should seek advice from the planning team on whether the land holds the correct permissions to be used for street trading.
Coastal areas – landowner permission
The majority of the coastal areas within the East Riding of Yorkshire are controlled by and under the management of, the Foreshores Inspector. If you are interested in trading from ANY shoreside or waterside location e.g. Bridlington or Hornsea beaches or promenades, Hessle shore/waterside car parks, you must contact the Foreshores Inspector to establish whose permission is required.
The Foreshores Inspector can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: written permission MUST be obtained before submitting an application to trade from an area controlled by the Foreshore Inspector.
Landowner permission – mobile trading
If as the trader stops on the highway and customers leave the business premises to purchase food or drinks then individual landowner permission is not required, However, if the trader intends to stop in the car park, forecourt, or other privately owned area and serve/sell to customers off the highway, then permission is required from each premises the trader intends to visit.
Public Protection – food services team
Businesses selling consumable products (e.g. hot and cold food or beverages) must be registered with the local authority in the area in which they are based and must have achieved a Food Hygiene Rating of 3 or above.
Before deciding to apply to operate a street trading business please contact our Food Services team if you require to register as a food business.
The Food Team can be contacted by email at: email@example.com
Street trading policy and consent conditions
How East Riding of Yorkshire Council approaches and considers street trading applications and regulation is outlined in full in our policy as detailed below. This includes considerations would be in place for all applications.
Street Trading and Collections Licensing Policy (pdf 295kb)
If a consent was successfully granted, it would be subject to conditions of operation, the conditions of the consent can also be seen in the policy, you would have to be able to adhere to the consent conditions. This pool of conditions is not exhaustive and specific conditions can be added to consents on a case by case basis.
The sale of alcohol or late night refreshment
Under the Licensing Act 2003, alcohol cannot be sold from anywhere, or by any person, without a valid authorisation.
In relation to street trading, a temporary authorisation can be arranged through submitting a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).
A temporary event notice is a secondary permissions needed if you wish to sell alcohol in the street, on a stall/ bar to which the public have free access.
Please note: statutory time limits exist for the submission of Temporary Event Notices, Ordinarily, 10 clear working days (Bank Holiday days do not count toward the 10 clear days) are required between submitting the TEN and the day the event is held on.
Late night refreshment is the provision of hot food or drinks after 23.00 hours, generally consents to street trade in the night economy are not permitted in the East Riding area.