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 of the 8 January 2018 any application you make in person at one of Contact Centres must be done by appointment. To make an appointment please call Cheshire East Customer Services on 0300 123 5015. Cheques must be made payable to ‘Cheshire East Council’
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Download an application form for a Street Trading Licence (PDF, 154KB)
The fee for an application is £375.00 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.
Please be aware that if street trading consent is granted by the Licensing team you are still required to obtain land owners/managers permission to trade at the location you have applied for. This includes private land and roads, parks, lakes, green spaces and any area which is not designated as a public highway operated by Cheshire East Council.
You must obtain permission first from the land owner/manager to operate from the land before applying for your street traders consent.
If you are looking for a contract to operate at one of our parks please visit our doing business with Cheshire East Council page
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
Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982