Become a non-food or food trader

All of our markets are different in character and style so it is important to understand the market that you are applying for a licence on.

All vacancies on the markets are advertised on the website, and only applications submitted in line with advertised vacancies will be accepted.

View availability and restrictions for Westminster markets

1. Business proposal

We accept business proposals from potential food and non-food traders who are interested in trading on any vacant market or isolated pitch whilst that vacant pitch is being advertised. These allow us to find out more about the trader and their business.

Please review the current vacant pitches and if there is a vacancy that you are interested in, please submit a business proposal online:

Submit your business proposal

If no vacant pitches are currently being advertised, we are not accepting business proposal at the present time. Please therefore wait until a vacancy is advertised before submitting your business proposals. Any proposal received before a vacancy is advertised will not be considered.

2. Apply for a licence

If your business proposal is successful, you will be invited to apply for a licence.

Food and non-food traders must apply for a licence in person at Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP. Applications must be accompanied by the correct fee.

Food traders

Please provide the following (include the first 4 in the business proposal to speed up the approval process):

  • food business registration form
  • gas safety certificate
  • food hygiene certificate
  • illustration of the receptacle to be used including design specification
  • a completed application form
  • 2 full-face, passport-sized photographs taken in the last 12 months
  • proof of current address eg utility bill, bank statement, driver's licence or council tax bill/book
  • a valid passport or national identity card if you are an EU national
  • national insurance (NI) registration number

Non-food traders

Please provide the following:

  • a completed application form
  • 2 full-face, passport-sized photographs taken in the last 12 months
  • proof of current address eg utility bill, bank statement, driver's licence or council tax bill/book
  • a valid passport or national identity card if you are an EU national
  • national insurance (NI) registration number

3. Site visit

Food traders

Prior to your licence being granted, an environmental health officer will need to approve your stall set-up, equipment and operation at the market. This site visit is arranged once your formal application has been received.

Non-food traders

You will not be subject to a site visit.


Last updated: 3 February 2017
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