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Street trading licences

A consent is required if you wish to trade on a street within the Borough of Guildford. This includes where you wish to trade on any road, footway, beach or other area to which the public have access without payment, and at any public event.

We have designated all "streets" in our Borough as "consent" streets for the purposes of controlling street trading. This makes it an offence to sell any article in a street without first obtaining a consent from us.

To apply for a street trading consent, applicants must supply:

  • a completed icon Street Trading application form [202.61KB]

  • the payment of the full fee as appropriate for the periods of trading applied for. (The fee will be returned if the application is refused.)

  • where the proposed street activity is from a fixed position, a copy of a map of a legible scale. The map should clearly identify the proposed site position

  • colour photographs showing the front, side and rear aspects of the stall, van, barrow, cart etc that will be  used for the street trading activity

  • one passport size photograph of the applicant

  • a basic disclosure certificate (dated within the last 3 years) for the applicant
  • a copy of a current certificate of insurance that covers the street trading activity for third party and public liability risks, to a minimum value of £5 million

  • proof of identity and right to work (passport or residence permit) if not a limited company

  • proof of consent from land owner

  • proof of planning permission (if intending to trade more than 28 days in a year).

For further advice and guidance on the application process, assessment of suitable trading locations, standards and conditions, please see our icon Street trading policy. [81.05KB]

View online the street trading consent applications recently received. 


From 1 April 2020, the fees are:

  • Street trading fee: £359.00

  • Street trading fee for community/charity event: £40.00

Street trading during events

We recognise that street trading will take place at various events throughout our Borough which will require a street trading consent. 

These events will take place for different reasons, from small scale events for charitable or community purposes, to larger scale commercial ventures.

Our Street Trading Policy and table of fees divide events into two categories: community/charitable events or commercial events.

Applications should be submitted a minimum of 15 working days before the event is due to take place.

Community/charitable events

  • Community events will normally be organised by a town or parish council, by us, or by a recognised group or charity

  • The event will aim to engage with and provide support to the local community. 

  • Any trading activity will be incidental to the event and where the event organiser does not charge a pitch or similar fee to trade at the event.

  • An administrative fee of £40 will be charged to authorise street trading at a community or charitable type event.

  • To apply for a street trading consent at a community/charitable event, please use our icon community or charitable event application form. [32.94KB]  

  • There are also reduced application and consultation requirements for this type of application.

Commercial events

  • Commercial events will normally be organised by an independent person or group as a commercial venture.

  • The event will aim to attract the wider community for a commercial purpose. 

  • Trading will be the main feature of the event, and where the event organiser charges a pitch or similar fee to trade at the event.

  • Our full street trading application fees will be charged to authorise street trading at an event of a commercial nature.

  • Each special event application will be judged according to its merits and may be referred to the Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committee for determination.

  • At such special events we may issue one single use Consent to the person organising the event to authorise trading which takes place.  

  • To apply for a street trading consent at a commercial event, please see our  icon Street trading policy [81.05KB] and icon Street Trading application form. [202.61KB]

The Licensing Team decides whether an event falls within the community/charitable or commercial fee structure. The officer's decision is final. 

Event organisers should contact the Licensing Service by emailing regulatoryservices@guildford.gov.uk or calling 01483 505050 at the earliest opportunity to find out what consents may be needed for the event.