You need a valid street trading licence from the Council if you want to offer goods or services for sale on the street, from a designated pitch (e.g. on a street market) or within 7 metres of the public highway.

Becoming a trader

Please note that we are not currently accepting or granting any applications for street trading licences from new traders to trade on Brixton market (Electric Avenue, Pope’s Road, Brixton Station Road) or from any of our designated isolated pitches in the borough.

Meanwhile, you may apply to trade from our other markets in the borough:

Herne Hill Market

This award-winning weekly market run by CCFM operates on Sundays and offers a variety of locally-sourced fresh and cooked food, jewellery and arts and crafts.

Lower Marsh Market

This thriving market, run by We Are Waterloo, operates from Mondays to Saturdays:

  • Weekdays: offers Street Food, regular produce and also craft stalls
  • Saturdays: offers a flea and handmade market

Venn Street Market

This busy food market in the heart of Clapham operates on Saturdays and is run by Leafhouse - Venn Street Market

Trading in parks and open spaces and at events

Should you wish to organise or participate in an event where any element of street trading is involved and/or where goods or services are offered from a stall; or you want to apply to trade at an established event managed by the Council you will need to

  • Seek advice in the first instance from Lambeth’s Events team.
  • Fees and charges will be applicable in the event of your request being agreed.

For further information please check out the Event Lambeth Website.

Please see the Lambeth Country Show website for more information.

Please note that any applications regarding Windrush Square and Emma Cons Gardens are dealt with by Lambeth’s Parks Development Team. For further information please contact parks@lambeth.gov.uk

If you undertake licensable activities without obtaining a licence then you are liable for prosecution.

Selling food

To sell food at any location in the borough you must comply with the relevant Food Safety Legislation. Further information is available on our Food market traders - guide.

Please note that the Food Team do not grant licences or allocate pitches.

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Who can use this service

This service is intended for those who want to become a street trader in Lambeth.

Costs for this service

Street trading licences are granted subject to ongoing adherence to licence conditions, including the regular and timely payment of all fees which are due.

The market fees and charges quoted here only apply to those pitches directly managed by the Council. Market operators may have their own list of fees and charges – please contact them directly.

What you need to know...

Consumer complaints

In the event of a complaint please seek to resolve this in the first instance with the relevant trader. If this does not resolve the issue and it relates to Trading Standards please contact Citizens Advice or email them at tradingstandards@lambeth.gov.uk.

For all other complaints relating to markets in Lambeth please contact the Council’s Markets team at licensing@lambeth.gov.uk.