Become an approved casual trader

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.

Find out more about markets in Westminster before applying to register as a casual trader.

We can't accept applications for casual traders wishing to sell food or beverages.

1. How to apply

Apply to be 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:

  • National Market Traders Federation (call 01226 749021)
  • Combined Markets (call 020 8554 5273)

View application fees and pitch fees

Once registered, your name will be added to our register and you will receive an identification plate valid for 3 years.

2. Booking a pitch

Booking pitches

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.

Registered casual traders must call 020 7641 7010 to book pitches.

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.

Any trader who cannot produce their casual trader ID plate or temporary licence will be asked to stop trading.


The daily fees for casual trading throughout the pilot are as follows:

Day Fee
Monday to Thursday £19.44
Friday £28.50
Saturday £29.72

3. Renewal of casual registration

Casual trader registrations are renewed every 3 years.

Renew casual registration

Please inform the Licensing Team of any change of details during the registration period.

Change of details 


Last updated: 29 April 2019