Street Trading is defined as the selling or offering for sale of
any article in the street. If you trade in the street you may
require a street trading licence. Some exceptions include
market traders and news vendors but you should check your
circumstances with us.
Apply and pay online on GOV.UK
application form for a Street Trading Licence (PDF, 74KB)
The fee for an application is £364.00 and can be paid by debit
or credit card over the telephone on 0300 123 5015.
Alternatively you can send a cheque made payable to Cheshire East
Application Evaluation Process
Certain streets in the Authority are designated as Consent
Streets or Prohibited Streets.
- Prohibited streets - no selling is permitted
- Consent Streets - must first obtain a Street Trading Consent
from the Council
View details of the street designations
in Cheshire East Authority areas
An application is not valid until we have received the completed
application form, the fee and a map clearly indicating the area
from which you wish to trade. We will then consult with partners
and will inform you of our decision within 1 month of your
There are conditions attached to a Street Trading Consent, when
you sign your application form you are agreeing to abide by those
You must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence.
You will be requested to provide evidence of relevant
Food traders must also be registered with
the local Environmental Health office as a food business.
Licences will be refused if any of the following grounds
- there isn't enough space in the street you wish to trade in,
without causing interference or inconvenience to street users
- you wish to trade for less days than any minimum required
- you are unsuitable to hold a licence do to any previous
convictions or for other reasons
- you have previously failed to pay fees due under another street
trading licence or have failed to use a previous street trading
If you are trading on private land you may not need a
consent. The landowner may need planning permission and you
are advised to contact the Council's Planning Office
Right of Appeal
If you wish to appeal a decision of the council you may appeal
to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the date you were
notified of the decision.
You may appeal the decision of a Magistrates' Court to the local
Conditions (PDF, 82KB)
Schedule 4 of the Local Government
(Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982