Markets and street trading
Street trader licence
Do I need a licence?
Street trading in Liverpool is strictly regulated and all streets are designated as follows:
- Prohibited streets - no trading can take place on these streets, or in any public place within 5 metres of them, at any time.
- Licence streets - a licence is needed to trade on these streets but we are not currently granting any new licences.
- Consent streets - you can only trade on consent streets if you have written consent from us. If you sell anything on these streets at any time, or any public place within 10 metres of them without consent, you may be prosecuted or have your goods seized.
The sale of controlled and restricted goods such as alcohol and tobacco must not be sold in any streets, including licence or consent streets.
How to apply to trade on a consent street
1. Check the street list before you apply
First, check the list of licensed streets and prohibited streets. You cannot trade on any of these streets. If the street does not appear on the list you can apply for street trading consent.
2. Pay the non-returnable fee
Pay a non-refundable fee of £49 before you apply for any consent street other than Waterloo Place. Waterloo Place is free to apply for - read the guidance notes on Waterloo Place and view the plan of Waterloo Place.
You must make a note of the payment reference number to use when you apply.
3. Apply online
Once your payment has been processed, use the form below to make an online application. We cannot process your application if you do not enter the correct payment reference number.
You will also need copies of the following to upload when you apply:
- proof of ID
- proof of address
- a photograph of the location of site
- a copy of your public liability insurance certificate
- written permission from the landowner if trading on private land
- where appropriate a trade waste agreement
- new applicants must have applied for and attach a statutory declaration certificate
What happens next?
If your application is successful we will contact you to ask you to pay the licence fee.
Most applications are determined within six weeks. However, it may take up to two months to process a new application while we consult with other bodies and give them 14 days to make representations.
Tacit consent does not apply, so 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 confirmation of a licence after two months please contact us.
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.
All new consent applications, other than Waterloo Place, must include a £49 non-refundable administration fee. Applications submitted without this fee will not be considered.
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 2020/21
Long-term consent up to 12 months for all commodities - £217.81.
Daily consent for all commodities - £66.24 on initial application then £20.14 per day for each day's trade thereafter, up to a maximum of five days:
- 1 day - £68.67
- 2 days - £86.38
- 3 days - £106.52
- 4 days - £126.66
- 5 days - £146.80
Consent to trade around EFC and LFC football grounds during the football season only on match days - £293.60.
Licence fee 2020/21 for existing licence holders
The licence is based solely on pitch size (m²) at £200.76 per square metre. The council is not currently granting new licences.
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.
Pedlars certificates are no longer of any effect in Liverpool, unless the trading is limited to visits from house to house.