Street Trading & Mobile Trading




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What is Street Trading?

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 Schedule IV (the Act) defines Street Trading as “the selling or exposing or offering for sale any article (including a living thing) in a street – subject to a number of exceptions”.

A “Street” is defined as any road, footway, beach or other area to which the public have access without payment (this includes private land), and a service area as defined in Section 329 of the Highways Act 1980.

Street Trading Policy

On 25th July 2019 we introduced a brand new Street Trading Policy within which the Council has determined that all of the streets in the District are now designated as “Consent Streets”, which in effect means that no trading may take place without the Council having first issued the appropriate Trading Consent to the trader. We issue 4 types of Trading Consents, to cover the need for trading under a variety of scenarios.

Prior to 25th July 2019 we only had 15 designated Trading locations that were adopted. Under our new Policy, applications for new trading locations can be made for anywhere in the Ashfield District, subject to such applications meeting with the requirements and criteria detailed on this website and in the Street Trading Policy and the Street Trading Application Pack.

What Type of Trading Consent does the Council issue?

The Council issues four different types of Trading Consents (please click on each type to find out more): 

  • Street Trading Consent: Trading from a stall / unit / vehicle from a single designated location on a regular basis. We offer these for periods of 12 months or 6 months. 
  • Mobile Trading Consent: Trading from a vehicle at various locations across the Ashfield District, but for no more than 20 minutes at a time, and no location to be revisited within a 4-hour period. We offer these for periods of 12 months or 6 months.
  • Special Event Trading Consent: Trading at an event (within the Ashfield District) where the organiser intends to make commercial gain whether on Council owned land or on private land to which the public have free access, whether for a single day or for the duration of the entire event.
  • Community & Charity Event Trading Consent: Trading at non-profit making events (within the Ashfield District) held by a registered charity or community association, whether for a single day or for the duration of the entire event. 

How much does each Trading Consent cost?

The following fees and charges are applicable to each of the different Trading Consents.

Type of Trading Consent



Street Trading Consent (Standard Site)

12 months


Street Trading Consent (Standard Site)

6 months


Street Trading Consent (Market Site)

12 months


Street Trading Consent (Market Site)

6 months


Mobile Trading Consent

12 months


Mobile Trading Consent

6 months


Special Event Trading Consent

Per Event

£30.00 per stall

Community & Charity Event Trading Consent

Per Event

No charge

Duplicate copy of Trading Consent



We offer a variety of payment options for applicants of Street Trading Consents and Mobile Trading Consents in order to help spread the costs over the duration of the Trading Consent.

How to Apply for a Trading Consent

We have produced a Street Trading Application Pack that contains all of the information relevant to each type of Trading Consent that we issue. Please download the Application Pack, or contact the Licensing Team for one or for further advice.

Refusal of Street Trading or Mobile Trading Consent Applications

As the Council has adopted a "Consent to Trade" scheme, there is no right of appeal against a decision to refuse an application. Any legal review of a decision to refuse an application must be made by way of a Judicial Review.

However, as a Council we are committed to being open and transparent, and as such any application which would on the face of it appear to be one where either it would likely be refused, or the locations proposed for trading likely be refused, are put before the Director: Place & Communities for consideration at a Hearing to which the applicant is invited in order to put his / her case across.

Any decision of the Director: Place & Communities is followed up by way of a written Decision Notice explaining the relevant matters taken into consideration, and the reasons for the decision being taken.

How to Contact the Licensing Team

You can call us on 01623 457589, email us at, or visit us and write to us at: Licensing Team, Ashfield District Council, Urban Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 8DA.