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Street licenses

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

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Selling goods from the street - on a stall or mobile unit

If you would like to sell goods from streets in the district (including lay-bys) you will need a street trading licence.

All streets within LIchfield District are consented (except the A38 where trading is prohibited) which means trading may be permitted, subject to the granting of a licence, and landowner permission (if the land is private).

Street trading licence fees
 Licence type Fees
Temporary fee - for individual street traders £58 per day. £26 for additional days (if booked within the same financial year at the same time).
Special event fee* - for events that have 10 or more stalls £30 per day. £15 for additional days (if booked at the same time for the same event).
One year licence - for individual traders (such as pitches in lay-bys) £2,187.50
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Apply for a street trading licence

Fill in our online street trading licence 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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Special events and street trading

Street trading licences apply to special events that take place on streets in our district - including things like Lichfield Food Festival and 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 a street trading licence. The special event rate in the table above will apply which is £30 per stall for one day, and £15 per stall for additional days.

Please ask your traders to fill in our online street trading licence application form - please note, applications can take up to two weeks to process.

From time to time, the district council may subsidise the street trading licence fees for special events that deliver significant economic benefit to the district. To qualify for a subsidy, an event must exceed 10 stalls and meet a set of key criteria according to the council's street trading policy (see below).

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Can I apply for a special event subsidy?

To benefit from subsidised street trading licence fees (which means the costs of the licenses for traders will be covered by the district council), the overall event organisers must formally request a subsidy from the district council 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 10 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.
  • The event organiser must submit their completed event management plan to the council 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 the district council) 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 the district council.
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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 a street trading licence for a street cafe, but you do need planning permission. To find out more call 01543 308000, email or visit the planning portal.

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