Street trading licences

We grant and manage licences for street trading in certain areas of Swadlincote town centre.

No consent is required to trade in the street in other areas of South Derbyshire.

Street trading means the selling, exposing for sale or offering for sale of any article (including a living thing) or the supplying or offering to supply any service in a street for gain or reward. A street is defined as ‘any road, footway, beach or other areas to which the public have access without payment and a service area as defined in section 329 of the Highways Act 1980.

We have designated 'consent streets' (pdf, 127kb) where street trading is only allowed with our consent.

Street trading consent is needed even if you are trading on private property but the public has access without payment, for example, a supermarket car park.

  • Exemptions
    A licence is not required by people who are:

    - Trading with a pedlar licence
    - A market trader operating at Swadlincote market
    - Trading as a news vendor
    - Trading at or adjoining a shop business as part of the business of the shop
    - Offering or selling things as a roundsman.
  • Consent conditions
    Each street trading consent issued by us is subject to standard consent conditions. Amongst other matters these conditions relate to matters such as:

    - The name of the person who may trade
    - The goods that may be sold
    - The exact site where trading may take place
    - The days and times when trading can take place
    - Displaying the licence holders name and licence number
    - Heating and lighting arrangements
    - Disposal of rubbish.
  • Application process
    The applicant needs to submit a street trading application form (pdf, 109kb) with the relevant supporting documentation:

    - Interior and exterior colour photographs
    - Plan indicating proposed trading location
    - Public liability insurance certificate
    - Relevant food hygiene qualification (if trading food) for each member of staff
    - Proof of trade waste contract
    - Proof of food registration (if trading food)
    - Licence fee.

    There is a 28 day representation period for any objections to be raised. If no objections are raised, consent is granted. If any objections are received, a Licensing and Appeals Sub-Committee hearing will be arranged to determine the application.

    Tacit consent will not apply.
  • Appeals
    There is no right of appeal against the refusal or revocation of a street trading consent. Further details are included on the application form and are in the Street Trading Policy. (pdf, 309kb) 
  • Illegal street trading
    We have adopted powers under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 so that we may control or prohibit street trading in the central areas of Swadlincote. Using these powers we have designated streets where street trading is only allowed with our consent and then, only in specified trading locations. These streets include:

    - Midland Road
    - Church Street
    - Civic Way
    - Belmont Street
    - Grove Street
    - High Street
    - Market Street
    - Alexander Road, southwards to its interjection with Hastings Road
    - West Street, westwards to its junction with Civic Way