Street Trading

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.


As a Council we are considering changing and updating our schedule of designated streets for the purposes of Street Trading.

In accordance with schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 the Council can designate streets as follows:

  1. To leave a ‘street’ undesignated – This would have the effect of leaving any street trading unregulated in that street and a trader would not require any permission from the Council to conduct their business.
  2. A prohibited ‘street’ – Street Trading would be prohibited from taking place at all times. If Street Trading were to be conducted an offence contrary to the 1982 Act may be committed.
  3. A consent ‘street’ - Street Trading would be prohibited from taking place at all times unless the trader has been granted consent. If Street Trading were to be conducted without consent an offence contrary to the 1982 Act may be committed.

Below our the current schedule of streets and a proposal for changes that the Licensing Committee has approved so that consultation can take place.

There are no current proposals to change existing consents or our current Street Trading Policy or conditions.

The purpose of designating streets for the purpose of street trading is to ensure appropriate controls are in place to regulate and ensure that:

  • An area is not saturated with street traders to the detriment of permanent businesses
  • The highway is not obstructed
  • The presence of the trading unit does not present a danger to pedestrians and other road users or an annoyance is caused to residents

If you have any comments or suggestions to make in relation to these proposals please do so in writing to:- Licensing Team, Cheshire East Councils, Municipal Buildings, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BJ or by email ( between 15th September 2016 and 27th October 2016. Any comments received after this date will not be considered.

If you require any further information, please contact the Licensing Team on 0300 123 5015.

The results of the consultation (including your personal details) will be presented to a future meeting of the Licensing Committee for it to consider your views and make a final decision.


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Download an 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 Council.

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 application.

There are conditions attached to a Street Trading Consent, when you sign your application form you are agreeing to abide by those conditions. 

Eligibility Criteria

You must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence.

You will be requested to provide evidence of relevant insurance.

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 exist:

  • 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 trading days
  • 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 licence 

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 Crown Court.


Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

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0300 123 5015

Postal address

Cheshire East Council
Municipal Buildings
Earle Street


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