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Street licences

If you want to trade on streets in the district, whether you are trading from a layby or a city street, you may need consent from us. Find out more using the links below:

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About trading on our streets

If you would like to sell goods from streets (on a stall or mobile unit) in the district (including laybys) you will need street trading consent.

All streets in Lichfield District are consented (except the A38 where trading is prohibited), which means trading may be permitted, subject to consent from us, and landowner permission (if the land is private).

Street trading consent fees
 Consent type Fees

Street trading fee - for traders (not at a special event)

£43 a day. £22 for additional days (if booked within the same financial year, at the same time).

Street trading fee - for traders at approved special events

If an event has been approved as a special event, the council subsidies some of the street trading fees.

For approved special events, the rates for individuals are: £21 for the first day and £13 for each subsequent day (if booked at the same time).

One year licence - for individual traders (such as pitches in laybys)

£1,181 (equivalent to £7.53 a day)

How to apply for street trading consent

If you would like to trade on our streets (not at a special event - see below) please fill in our online street trading consent application form - please note, applications can take up to two weeks to process.

If you are planning to sell food by the roadside, in lay-bys, or in any street within the district, you will also need to contact our food safety team on 01543 308725 for more information.

If you have any questions, find out more about street trading policy or call our environmental health team on 01543 308725.

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About trading at special events on the streets

Traders at special events that take place on streets in our district need to apply for street trading consent - including things like Lichfield Food Festival and the Festival Market, which both take place on Lichfield city streets.

If you are an event organiser and plan to bring a number of stallholders together at an event (based on district streets), your stall holders will each need to apply for street trading consent. The special event rate in the table above will apply.

How to apply for street trading consent at a special event

If you would like to trade on our streets at a special event please fill in our special event traders application form - applications can take up to two weeks to process.

If the event you want to trade at is not listed in the form drop down, please contact the organiser.

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Event organisers: About special event subsidies

We currently subsidise the street trading consent fees for special events that deliver significant economic benefit to the district. To qualify for a subsidy, an event must exceed ten stalls and meet a set of key criteria according to our street trading policy (see below).

To benefit from subsidised street trading licence fees, the event organiser must formally request a subsidy from us well in advance of the event using our special event organisers' application form.

Please read our street trading policy before completing the form.

To qualify, the event/organisers must also be able to meet the following criteria:

  • The event must have a minimum of ten stalls.
  • The event organiser must be able to demonstrate the event will deliver economic benefits to the district.
  • Event organisers must have public liability insurance of at least £5 million per claim to cover the event.
  • The event organiser must provide a draft event management plan at least 6 months before the first day of the event. Read our event guidance online handbook.
  • The event organiser must submit their completed event management plan to us at least one month before the event. This includes:
    • risk assessments
    • insurance details
    • traffic management
    • stewarding provisions
    • emergency procedures
    • fire safety
    • additional street cleansing
    • plan and stall layout, etc.
  • A safety advisory group may be set up for larger events (if deemed necessary by us) and the event organiser must attend these meetings and take responsibility for agreed actions where necessary.
  • Event organisers must agree that they will promote the event and outline/agree the marketing they will deliver up front.
  • Where applicable, event organisers must provide a copy of the previous years’ accounts – as advised by us.
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Expressions of interest for street trading pitch on Bakers Lane

Expressions of interest are currently being sought from potential street traders for the pitch outside Boots on Bakers Lane.  When this pitch was first established it was agreed as a temporary site in order to allow for a variety of trading. However, there have recently been fewer numbers of traders requesting this pitch with most wanting regular use of the site. In order to keep with the original requirement, but also give traders some certainty and reduce the administrative burden, the site will now be offered on an annual basis but with use by more than one trader.

We are, therefore, inviting expressions of interest from traders who would like use of the pitch at any time during the period 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020. If you would like to express an interest in use of this pitch, please email the licensing team detailing the minimum and maximum days you would like and which day/s of the week and period of the year (eg, every Monday from April 2019 - September 2019.)  The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 8 March 2019 at 5pm. After the deadline, we will contact you about making a more detailed application for the site.

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Alcohol, entertainment or charity collecting on the street

Remember, if you are running an event or trading from the street you may also need other licenses/permits - such as alcohol licenses (such as a TEN) and charity collection permits. If you are selling food, you will also need to have registered your food business.

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You don't need a licence for an A-Board outside your shop/business, but we have a code of practice for A-boards in the district that states how many A-Boards you can have and where you can place them.

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Street cafes

You don't need street trading consent for a street cafe, but you do need planning permission. To find out more, visit the Planning Portal , email us about street cafes, or call us on 01543 308000.

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