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 response to an advertised vacancy will be accepted.

View availability and restrictions for Westminster markets


If you are interested in finding out more about how to become a market trader, why not come to our "How to Become a Street Market Trader" event on 3 October 2017.



1. Apply for a licence

We accept applications for temporary licences 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. Food traders should refer to our guidance notes for food traders.

Please review the current vacant pitches and if there is a vacancy that you are interested in, please complete an application form:

Apply for a licence

This form should be returned to us with the following documentation:

  1. A full-face passport-sized photograph of yourself taken within the last 12 months;
  2. Proof of your current residential address (e.g. copy of a recent utility bill, bank statement, driver’s licence or current council tax bill/book);
  3. A copy of your valid passport or if you are an E.U. National, your National Identity Card;
  4. Proof that any material covering the receptacle has been tested in accordance with British Standard BS 7837: 1996 and is fire retardant (e.g. a test certificate from the manufacturer or retailer);
  5. A plan of the layout of the stall and, if available, photographs of the set-up.

You will be required to demonstrate that you hold public liability insurance with a minimum cover of £2,000,000 before your application will be granted. Proof of the insurance cover can either be supplied with the application or at a later date but before trading commences.


Please note that if no vacant pitches are being advertised, we will be unable to grant a licence to you. Please therefore wait until a vacancy is advertised before submitting your application. Any application received before a vacancy is advertised will not be considered.

2. Next steps

We will consult with all necessary parties (e.g. the council's Environmental Health Consultation Team) once an application for a temporary licence has been received. The 10-working day consultation period will begin the working day after the day that the application is received. 

You will receive a response from us within 5 working days of the end of the 10 working-day consultation period. If there are no objections, the application will be granted. If there are any objections, a hearing may be arranged to determine the application but you will receive notification of this in advance.


3. Site visit

An inspection of your stall will be carried out on or shortly after your first day of trading to approve your stall set-up, equipment and operation at the market.

For food traders, an environmental health officer may wish to view your food safety documentation during this inspection. You will be notified in advance of what documents you will need to have available on the stall.

Last updated: 15 September 2017
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