If you want to operate a business in London Borough of Richmond, not contained within a building, you need to apply for a Street Trading Licence under the provisions of the London Local Authorities Act 1990 (as amended). These licences cover stalls, food vans, forecourts, and tables and chairs on the public highway. A fee is payable depending on the type of licence you request.
In general, any form of selling of goods or the provision of services taking place in the street or on the public footway, or within 7 metres distance from the public highway will require a licence.
You must provide specific information, including details of the street you wish to trade on the and days/times you wish to trade. You must comply with any conditions attached to a licence.
You must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence. 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 are unsuitable to hold a licence to do 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.
Application evaluation process
Under certain circumstances if certain grounds for refusal exist the council may still award a licence but for fewer days than required or to allow trade on certain terms. The council will either grant the application or a serve a notice on you within a reasonable time.
The notice will be served if the council intend to refuse the application, grant it on different terms than those applied for, confine trading to a particular place in a street, vary conditions of a licence or revoke a licence.
The notice will detail the grounds for the decision and state that within seven days of the notice you can request in writing the opportunity to make representations.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. Please contact us if you have not heard from us within a reasonable time. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or contact us at email@example.com.
How to apply
You can download a paper application form or fill in an online one.
Car sales on highways
The sale of motor vehicles from the public highway is an improper use of the highway entitling London Borough of Richmond or the police to take action to have the vehicles removed and/or the current owners prosecuted.
To trade at an event you may need to apply for a street trading licence(pdf, 31KB).
Tables on the footway
Permission will be required if a person or organisation would like to erect a table and/or display on the pavement or in a pedestrian area.
If you are looking to sell from a stall or vehicle on either the public footway or highway (eg. a flower stall) on permanent or semi-permanent basis you need a street trading licence.
Itinerant trader - one day
If you are looking to street trade on a one day basis eg for an event at Twickenham Stadium, Boat Race or other similar event you will need a one day street trading licence.
Itinerant ice cream sales
People who own ice cream vans may trade as itinerant traders.
There are no permanent sites for markets in the London Borough of Richmond.
New street trading applications / street trading pitch
Pleae see our notes on Street Trading(pdf, 23KB) for details
Temporary works consent
If you wish to temporarily deposit building materials, rubbish, or other items in a street or make a temporary excavation, you must have consent from Highways and Transport
To organise a street party you need to see this guidance page.
Shop front trading
If you wish to extend the day to day business of your premises onto the public footway.you will need a shop front street trading licence
Anyone wishing to place a skip on the public highway must be in receipt of a valid licence to do so, a licence is needed whether you place the skip on the highway for 5 minutes or 3 weeks.
Renewals of street trading licences
Please note that you should submit the application for renewal(pdf, 23KB) of your licence no later than two months before the expiry date of the licence. Renewals applications received less than two months prior to the expiry date of the licence will be rejected and you will be asked to apply for a new licence. You and your employed assistants will be asked to provide documents with your application form. We will need to see:
- a copy of a valid passport with work permits (if applicable);
- proof of address:
- national insurance number;
- £5 million public liability insurance cover; and
- two passport photographs.
For fees please see our Street Trading Fees Page.
Contact the Licensing Team
If you have any questions or comments please contact Licensing
44 York Street
Telephone: 020 8831 6455
Fax: 020 8891 7713