Street trading

Street trading is the selling of goods on any street, road or path that the public can access without payment. If you wish to street trade you will need permission from the licensing authority. The licensing authority is usually the council where you want to trade. If you do not know who that it, visit Gov.UK, find your local council A street trader is not the same as a pedlar. You will need a pedlar's licence to trade as one. For more information and how to apply for a pedlar's licence, visit: Ask the Police, Q239: What is a Pedlar Certificate and how do I get one?

In West Suffolk there are no 'licensed streets,' instead streets are divided into consent streets or prohibited streets. So instead of a street trading licence you will need street trading consent. You can only street trade from consent streets. There are two types of consents –type A and B. They differ in trading conditions and cost.

There are two licensing authorities in West Suffolk, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council. To find out more about regulations in each authority area and to apply, click on the relevant licensing authority shown below: