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and movable coffee vending machines, street trading comes in many different guises Whether you are selling door-to-door, in a town centre or at a local fair or market, you must contact your local council to find out what sort of licence you need. Not all councils allow street trading and terms and conditions may vary. Be aware, though, that you will need to be over 17 to apply.


Licences for very popular markets are expensive

Basic requirements



Legal issues 1

registered with the local Environmental Health Office. This should happen 28 days prior to trading and be done either in the area where the vehicle is stored or where you pay your council tax.

2 legislation. A basic food hygiene 3

To sell food you will need to comply with food safety

All food preparation premises must be

rom market stalls to sandwich delivery vans

Street Trading Licence

If you employ anybody at all, you must have valid

employers’ liability insurance, and display the certificate at your place of work. If you employ over five people you must produce a written Health & Safety Policy Document and carry out a fire risk assessment.

qualification or relevant experience of food preparation is a requirement. Your trailer or stall should have suitable hand washing facilities such as hot water, bowls, soap and towels. A temperature probe to ensure the correct food temperatures are maintained will come in handy. You should also have a documented food hygiene management system based on the principles of what is known as hazard analysis & critical control points or HACCP.

undertaken by the owner. to apply for a licence.

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If you are selling alcohol, you will need to be over 18

Regular health & safety risk assessments must be

There are generally two types - casual and permanent. These tend to be for any fixed stall set up in a market, town centre, fair and so on. They are issued by the local council and the costs can vary widely (around £5,000 in the busy London market of Camden) depending on the area. There may also be an initial application fee.

licence you could be fined as much as £1,000

without a valid If you trade ALERT


Pedlar’s Certificate

This allows a person to trade (often selling trinkets, household goods and other handmade objects) on foot. In other words, pedlars are mobile. You may not need a street trading licence if you have applied for a pedlar’s licence. A pedlar’s certificate is issued by the police in your local area, costs £12.25 and is valid for 12 months. You can sell food with a pedlar’s licence but must ensure that you meet the relevant health & safety and environmental legislation.

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