Street trading licences

Application for a street trading licence under Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

This page is not and cannot be a complete statement of the law and you are advised to seek advice either from us or independent legal advice if you are in any doubt as to the requirements for a street trading consent.

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 - part 3 allows Councils to adopt a policy whereby designated streets or villages require consent for people to trade on them. The Consent Street trading provisions were adopted to control street trading within the South Cambridgeshire District.

We may, by resolution, designate any street in this district as a consent street, that is a street in which trading is prohibited without consent from us.

Who needs to apply?

Any person wishing to sell or offer for sale any article in a consent street, including the following examples:

  • Food vans
  • Ice cream vans
  • Flower sellers
  • Vans selling bread, cakes, vegetables etc.

If the list above does not cover the type of items you wish to sell, it does not mean you are exempt from the requirement to have a consent. You must check with the Licensing Officer in all cases.

If you are thinking about trading in the South Cambridgeshire area, do not presume that you will be granted a licence. Speak with a Licensing Officer prior to application or purchasing a van, as there is no guarantee you will be licensed within this District.

Application of consent

Application forms are issued for street trading and the following details must be provided:

  • Colour photographs of the trading vehicle/trailer of what this will look like once trading, front and side views.
  • A map of the location/area/route in which you will be trading from.
  • Your national insurance number.
  • A copy of your driving licence or that of the person who will drive the vehicle or tow the trailer.
  • Details of all employees including all name, address, date of birth and national insurance number.
  • Proof that you are registered with the Food Control unit.
  • Proof of right to work in the UK.
  • A basic DBS certificate. It is advised you join the Update Service.
  • Two identical passport style photographs of yourself and any employees clearly named on the reverse of the image.
  • Completed application form.
  • The correct fee.


Upon application, we will consult with the following bodies:

  • The local Highways Agency
  • The local Parish Council and local Member(s)
  • The Police

The consultation process will take 4 weeks. If no objections are received then consent will be issued, subject to conditions. Consultations will also take place upon renewal. The fee becomes payable before the consent is issued and will depend upon the number of trading days allowed.

Where you can trade and what to consider

It is advisable to contact the Licensing Officer to discuss whether the street you want to site your stall or van on is available, or if it is a street requiring trading consent. We have a list of consent street villages which is sent out with the application forms. When applying it is important to consider the following:

  • Suitability of site
  • Parking safety/traffic management
  • The environmental impact on local residents (for example, noise, litter and air pollution)
  • If the village needs another food outlet
  • Hours of operation
  • Frequency of trading

Where consent is not required

For the many roads where consent is not required it is important to advise the Licensing Officer of dates, times and location of food trading in order to allow Food Hygiene inspections to be undertaken.

List of Streets where Consent is required (until March 2022)


The fee for your application will depend on where you wish to apply.

Street Trading Fees

  • Mobile Traders in villages up to 2 nights a week - £252.00 per annum
  • Over 2 nights a week - £471.00 per annum

Layby Trader Fees

  • Mobile Traders in villages up to 2 nights a week - £823.00 (including rates)

All County 'A' roads in South Cambridgeshire (except the A11 and A14) have a separate fee, which is payable in two instalments. Contact the licensing service for more information about fees.

Application Forms

You can apply for this licence by completing the form below and submitting this to our offices in Cambourne.

Food Hygiene Regulations/Food Safety

You will need to speak with an Environmental Health Officer (Food/Health & Safety) on 01954 713 000 for further advice. This will form part of the application process, and advice must be sought on this subject.

Adoption of Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

On 29 November 2021, the Council's Licensing Committee agreed to adopt Schedule 4 to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 for the whole of South Cambridgeshire District. It has been agreed that pursuant to Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, that the current prohibited streets designation with the Council area be rescinded and that with effect from 1 March 2022, all streets within the district shall be designated as consent streets for the purposes of street trading.

There shall be excluded from the designation in the resolution above any area of land which is from time to time in the ownership and control of a Public Authority or a registered charity other than any highway which is included from time to time on the list of streets maintainable at public expense pursuant to section 36(6) of the Highways Act 1980, currently A11 and A14.

Street Trading Policy Consultation - November 2021

On 29 November 2021, the Council's Licensing Committee agreed a draft Policy which details how applications will be administered and enforced throughout the District. Views of any interested persons or bodies are being sought. Feedback from the consultation will be considered by the Licensing Committee in the new year. A copy of the draft Policy can be downloaded below, and any views must be received by no later than 11 January 2022. Responses should be emailed to

Draft Street Trading Policy  [PDF, 0.3MB]


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