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Occasional sales licence

An occasional sale is a group of five or more trade stalls that are not on a highway or in a building. This might be a small market or a car boot sale.

To organise an occasional sale, you need a licence unless the proceeds are entirely for charitable, sporting, religious or political causes.

It is a criminal offence to carry out unlicensed activities and, if convicted, you could be given a £2,500 fine.

Apply for a licence (PDF)

For more information see:

  • our fees page for the relevant fee
  • our online Licence Register where all applications and licences are recorded 
  • GOV.UK for the rules about occasional sales