Existing licence holders

Street trading licence holders and temporary licence holders must comply with the conditions of their licence when street trading. The conditions make sure street trading is done safely and without negative impact on surrounding areas.

Read this guide to find out how to comply with the conditions of your licence and other useful information.

At this time we are not accepting any new street trading applications due to the current Coronavirus and social distancing requirements. We hope to re-open applications as soon as possible please revisit this website for updates.

1. Change your details

Street trading and temporary licence holders must notify the council of changes to their name, address, telephone number or email within 7 days of the change.

Tell us of changes to your contact details

2. Pitch fees

Street trading licence holders and temporary licence holders, other than casual traders, are required to pay daily pitch fees.

We will send you an invoice every four weeks for your pitch fees for the forthcoming period and this is payable immediately.

If you wish to pay your pitch fees by direct debit to ensure that they are paid on time and also to benefit from a 5% discount on your pitch fees, please complete the direct debit mandate and email it to: streettradinglicensing@westminster.gov.uk.

3. Attendance and registering of assistants

The council needs each licence holder to make full personal use of their licence. Failure to do so may lead to a licence being taken away.

The stall may be left in the temporary charge of an assistant who the licence holder has registered with the council; this doesn't mean the licence holder has made personal use of their licence.

No street trading can take place at any time unless the licence holder or a registered assistant is present on the stall.

Register, change or remove assistants details


4. Sickness

If you can't trade due to sickness and an assistant will be running the stall in your absence, please email us.

This arrangement will only be allowed for a limited time before non-personal use of the licence will be considered.

Fees won't be waivered due to non-attendance from sickness.

5. Changes to your licence

  • Street trading licence holders may apply to vary their licence at any time by submitting an application form (PDF, 386KB). Completed application form should be emailed to: streettradinglicensing@westminster.gov.uk with any documentation that you consider is relevant to your application such as details of the equipment that you wish to use. We will contact you once the application has been received to take payment of the application fee and may also request additional information or documentation to assist in the determination of your application.

However, please be advised that we are not currently determining applications for the markets at this time. We are in the process of reviewing our street trading policy and developing a strategy for all of the markets in Westminster. We anticipate that consultation on a revised policy will be undertaken with relevant stakeholders at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 so that the policy can be formally adopted in March 2018. The revised policy and market strategy will jointly define a new vision and objectives for the street markets in Westminster and will help to inform all decisions that the Council makes in determining applications for the markets. Any street trading applications that are received for the markets will be held and not determined until these are finalised. We anticipate that this will be in Spring 2018.

Applications for temporary licences to allow trading on the markets for up to 6 months will continue to be determined in the meantime.

We are unable to vary a temporary licence. If you wish to change your temporary licence, you will need to apply for a new temporary licence and then surrender your existing licence.

6. Nature and type of receptacle

Licence holders can only trade from a receptacle that has been approved by the Licensing Service and is set-up in line with the approved design and layout.

Apply for an approval of a stall design

7. Further temporary licences

Temporary licences can only have effect for a maximum of 6 months.

If you regularly trade on one of our markets under a temporary licence and your licence is due to expire, you can apply for a new temporary licence to take effect when your current licence expires.

Apply for further temporary licence


8. Succession rights for street trading licence holders

Street trading licence holders can nominate a relative who may apply for a street trading licence on the same terms and conditions as the licence held by the person that nominated them, should the licence holder die, retire having reached the age of 60 or be unable to continue to engage in street trading due to certified medical reasons. If the nominee applies for a street trading licence on the same terms and conditions as the previous licence within 28 days of the licence holder passing away or surrendering their licence, the council will not grant a licence to any other person.

The relative may be the wife, common law wife, husband, common law husband, father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, stepfather, stepmother, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, stepson, stepdaughter, brother, sister, half-brother or half-sister of the licence holder. Alternatively, the nominee may be a former employee of the licence holder who would have worked for the licence holder for at least 5 years at the time that they apply for the street trading licence.

If you wish to nominate a relative or employee who may apply for a street trading licence in the above circumstances.

Apply to nominate succession rights

Please note the succession rights do not apply to temporary licence holders.

9. Penalty point scheme

The council uses a penalty point scheme to enforce licence conditions. Penalty points may be issued by the City Inspectors where a licence holder or registered assistant fails to comply with a condition of their licence. Where a licence holder accrues 25 points or more within a 6 month period, the revocation of their licence will be considered.

The penalty point scheme is currently under review. Further information about the revised scheme should be available here shortly.

10. Surrender your street trading or temporary licence

If you wish to surrender your street trading licence having reached the age of 60 or because you are unable to continue engaging in street trading due to certified medical reasons and you wish to simultaneously nominate a relative or employee who may apply for a new street trading.

If you wish to surrender your temporary licence as you are unable to continue engaging in street trading activities.

Apply to surrender licence

Last updated: 4 June 2020