An occasional sale is a sale including five or more stalls, vehicles or pitches, where buyers and sellers meet to buy and sell things. Types of sales known as "Car Boot Sales" will usually fall within this definition.
Sales held in car parks are included but those held inside buildings or on a highway are excluded from the definition and do not have to be licensed as occasional sales. The following are other examples of sales that are excluded from the definition of "occasional sales":
If you are holding a sale which is not covered by one of these exemptions, you must apply for a licence, unless the proceeds of the sale are used solely or principally for charitable, social, sporting, religious or political purposes.
Please read our guidance notes for applicants(pdf, 25KB)
Please download and complete the application form(pdf, 24KB) and enclose the appropriate fee. If you wish to pay by credit card please telephone the licensing department.
No. It is in the public interest that we evaluate your application before granting the licence. Application must be received no later than 42 days before you intend to hold you sale. If we refuse your application or attach special conditions on your licence, we will notify you in writing of our reasons and we will also send you details of your right to appeal a decision. All successful applications will be subject to our standard conditions(pdf, 20KB).
If you have any questions or comments please contact Licensing:
Regulatory Services Partnership
Merton Civic Centre
Telephone: 020 8545 3969
Fax: 020 8891 7713
Updated: 18 March 2019