Street trading licences
As well as regulating the markets, we also issue shop front licences and tables and chairs licences and tackle the problem of vehicles for sale on the highway.
House to house and street collection licences are issued by the Metropolitan Police.
Why you need a licence
In general, any form of selling of goods or the provision of service which takes place in the street or on a public footway will require a licence. There are exceptions, including trading as a news-vendor, provided that only newspapers or periodicals are sold and any container used meets certain restrictions.
Market trading licence
You will need a licence from us, whether you are testing the water on a temporary basis or trying to secure an annual pitch. Visit the markets page for more information.
Tables and chairs, and shop front licences
You need a licence to to use the public highway outside your premises for the sale or display of goods and to place tables and chairs on the public highway. Find out costs, terms and conditions, and how to apply for tables and chairs, and shop front licences.
Vehicles for sale on the highway
We are tackling the problem of vehicles for sale on the highway. Visit the vehicles for sale on the highway page for more information.
House to house collection licences
A licence is required by anyone collecting money or selling articles from door to door, shop to shop, pub to pub, etc. for charitable purposes and it is an offence to hold a collection without one.
Licences are issued by the Metropolitan Police - visit the house to house collections section of the Metropolitan Police website.
Street collection licences
It is illegal in this country to hold a street collection to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes without obtaining a street collection licence if that collection is to be held 'in a street or public place'.
Licences are issued by the Metropolitan Police - visit the street collections section of the Metropolitan Police website.