Street trader licence

Do I need a licence?

Street trading in Liverpool is strictly regulated and all streets are designated as either ‘prohibited’, ‘licence’ or ‘consent’ streets.

  • Prohibited streets - it is illegal to sell anything in these streets (or any public place within 5 metres of such a street) at any time whatsoever.
  • Licence streets - it is legal to sell things in these streets provided you have been granted a written licence to do so in advance. However, the council is not currently granting licences.

  • Consent streets - it is legal to sell things in these streets provided you have been granted written consent to do so in advance. These streets are predominantly located outside the city centre.

Download the list of licensed streets and prohibited streets.

Any person who sells things in a licence street (or any public place within 5 metres of such a street) or in a consent street (or any public place within 10 metres of such a street) without having obtained the relevant licence or consent may have their goods seized and be prosecuted.

How to apply

You should first check the lists of streets above to see whether the street you wish to trade in is a prohibited, licence or consent street.

  • If it is a prohibited street you cannot seek authorisation to trade there.
  • If it is a licence street the council is not currently granting licences for such streets.
  • If the street does not appear on the lists of either licence or prohibited streets, it is therefore designated as a consent street and you may apply for street trading consent.

Download the guidance notes and application form for consent.

Types of consent

  • Daily consent for trading for a period of up to five days.
  • Long term consent for trading covering any period up to 12 months.
  • Football ground consent to trade on match days around Anfield and Goodison Park.
Please note: Tacit consent does not apply -  i.e. if you have not heard from us following your application this does not mean a licence has been granted. If you are still waiting for a licence after 28 days please contact us.

Fees

All applications for new authorisations must include a £49.00 non-refundable administration fee. Applications submitted without this fee will not be considered. Cheques should be made payable to Liverpool City Council.

If your application is successful we will contact you to arrange the outstanding part of the fee, which must be paid in full before the authorisation is issued.

Fees are reviewed annually.

Consent fee 2015/16

  • Long-term consent (up to 12 months) for all commodities - £251.36.

  • Daily consent for all commodities - £68.67 on initial application then £19.28 per day for each day's trade thereafter, up to a maximum of five days:

    • 1 day - £68.67
    • 2 days - £87.95
    • 3 days - £107.23
    • 4 days - £126.51
    • 5 days - £145.79
  • Consent to trade around EFC and LFC football grounds during the football season - £272.12 (match days only).

Licence fee 2015/16 for existing licence holders

The licence is based solely on pitch size (m²) at £144.42 per square metre.

The additional fee for late night/early morning trading is £1002.56p.

Please note that the council is not currently granting new licences.

Exceptions

There are certain types of very limited activity which are considered not to be street trading and may take place in any street in Liverpool without the need to obtain a licence or consent. These exceptions are:

  • Trading as a news vendor (within specified limits).
  • Trading within a market.
  • Trading outside a shop as part of the shop's business.
  • Trading as a roundsman.
  • Trading in accordance with a pavement café licence or similar granted under the Highways Act 1980.
  • Selling goods as part of an authorised charitable collection.

If you feel your proposed activity may fall within one of these exceptions then please contact us before you start trading to check that this is the case.

Please note that the general exception which allows a person to sell goods in the street when acting as a certificated pedlar has been amended in Liverpool by the Liverpool City Council Act 2006. Pedlars certificates are no longer of any effect in Liverpool (unless the trading is limited to visits from house to house).