Casual trading may be suitable for non-food traders who wish to try out a market before committing to a regular licence or who wish to trade at more than one market in Westminster on an ad hoc basis. If you wish to trade regularly from the same pitch, a 6-month temporary licence may be more appropriate for your trading pattern and you should have a look at our vacant market pitches.
Once registered, a casual trader can apply for a temporary licence for any of designated Westminster markets where there is a pitch available, except the Rupert Street Market. Currently only registered casual traders will be granted temporary licences to trade on the Church Street market on Saturdays.
Find out more about markets in Westminster before applying to register as a casual trader.
As part of your application you must provide additional documents including proof of market liability insurance. This can be arranged through a private broker or from any of the below insurers:
Once registered, your name will be added to our register and you will receive an identification plate valid for 3 years. You can then apply for temporary licences to allow you to engage in street trading.
We are reviewing our casual trader scheme and conducting a trial of a new system until mid-2017.
Under the pilot system, registered traders must book and pay for pitches in advance. A licence to cover the days booked will then be emailed to the trader. The trader must be able to show their licence to a council officer on their pitch when they are trading. This can either be a paper or electronic copy of the licence.
All pitches must be paid for in advance and pitches must be booked no later than the working day prior to the trading day. Calls are accepted between 9am and 4pm on Monday to Thursday and between 9am and 1pm on Fridays. If you decide not to trade once the licence has been issued, you can surrender the licence but the application fee will be non-transferable and non-refundable.
Saturday pitches on the Church Street market become available from 9am on the Monday prior the the trading day or the following working day if the Monday is a bank holiday. Between 9am and 10am, a voicemail should be left with your name, casual registration number, day that you wish to trade and preferred pitch number. Pitches will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Your details must be up-to-date including insurance details; no bookings will be taken for any trader with expired or invalid insurance. Any trader who has not provided up-to-date insurance documentation will be asked to provide this before any pitches are booked.
Once a pitch has been booked and paid for, a receipt for payment and a temporary licence will be emailed to you. The licence must be produced on the day of trading with the casual ID plate. A valid insurance certificate must also be available to view.
The daily fees for casual trading throughout the pilot are as follows:
|Monday to Thursday||£19.44|