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Street trading licence

You need a street trading licence to:

  • provide removable furniture under a Temporary Street Trading (Tables & Chairs) licence. If granted, this will automatically transfer to a Pavement Licence when the Business and Planning Act 2020 comes into force at the end of the month
  • set up seasonal and farmers' market stalls on the highway on a designated street
  • set up tables and chairs outside cafés, restaurants and public houses situated on a designated street
  • display goods outside shops at 2-20 and 3-37 Ashfield Parade, Southgate

This does not include pedlars, news vendors, milk men or sales on private land. A licence is not required to place goods for sale on land which forms part of the premises (i.e. not the highway). Displaying goods, including fruits and vegetables, on the highway outside a premises is not permitted. For a full list of designated streets, see our application forms.

It is a criminal offence to carry out unlicensed activities and, if convicted, you could be given a £1,000 fine.

The terms, conditions and restrictions of the licence must be complied with whenever the licence is in use. View the Street Trading Tables and Chairs Standard Conditions (PDF).

Apply for a temporary street trading (tables & chairs) licence (PDF)

Apply for a tables and chairs for outside seating licence (PDF)

Apply for a shop forecourts licence (PDF)

If your application is unsuccessful, you may appeal to a magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision.

For more information see: