Street trading licence
Street trading is the selling, offering or exposing for sale of any item or service in the street. This includes stalls, shop-front displays, and cafe tables and chairs with service.
A licence is required to trade on any of the following that is within seven metres of any road or footway:
- the public highway
- any other area (not within a permanently enclosed premises)
Who is the licence for?
A licence is for the sole use of the person named. It specifies the location and position, commodities or service that may be sold, and the days and times that the licence holder may trade. A licence holder who trades with a time-expired licence, on a day, time or place other than that stated in his licence, is trading illegally.
A shopkeeper can trade on his or her own private forecourt without a licence, but cannot let out the space to another trader, unless that person has a licence.
Officers are authorised under the powers granted by the London Local Authorities Act 1990 (as amended) to issue warnings, seize goods with a view to permanent retention and disposal, and to prosecute offenders.