Street Trading Consents

What is a Street Trading Consent?

A Street Trading Consent is issued to a trader who trades 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.

Where can Street Trading currently take place?

Please click here to access a list of currently adopted Street Trading sites (including the sites that are currently vacant and available). Applications received for already adopted sites that are currently vacant will be granted without any need for consultation with stakeholders and the public.

New locations  applied for (i.e. those not already adopted) need to be adopted, and further details as to how a site is adopted can be found within the Street Trading Application Pack. Once a new site is adopted there is no need to consult on future trading applications for that location, and the adopted site will be added to our list of currently adopted Street Trading sites.

Please note that the adopted Street Trading sites on the Pedestrian Precincts located at Portland Square, Sutton in Ashfield, Lowmoor Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, and High Street, Hucknall are offered at a reduced fee, owing to Street Trading only being limited to the following hours. However, trading will be permitted beyond 23:00 hours at these locations if applications for the sale of hot food and hot drinks are received, if a Premises Licence to permit "Late Night Refreshment" is in force in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003): 

DAY

PORTLAND SQUARE

(SUTTON IN ASHFIELD)

LOW MOOR ROAD

(KIRKBY IN ASHFIELD

HIGH STREET

(HUCKNALL)

MONDAY 19:00 - 23:00 05:00 - 23:00 19:00 - 23:00
TUESDAY 05:00 - 23:00 19:00 - 23:00 19:00 - 23:00
WEDNESDAY 19:00 - 23:00 05:00 - 23:00 19:00 - 23;00
THURSDAY 05:00 - 23:00 19:00 - 23:00 19:00 - 23:00
FRIDAY 19:00 - 23:00 19:00 - 23:00 19:00 - 23:00
SATURDAY 19:00 - 23:00 19:00 - 23:00 19:00 - 23:00
SUNDAY 05:00 - 23:00 05:00 - 23:00 19:00 - 23:00


How to Apply for a Street Trading Consent

You will need the Street Trading Application Pack which can be downloaded here.

Applications for a new Street Trading Consent to be issued for a location not currently adopted by the Council will be welcomed, however applicants are strongly advised to refer to the section within the Application Pack and on this web page that details where such locations would likely be deemed not suitable for trading, before submitting their application.

All applications for the grant of a new Street Trading Consent or for the renewal of an existing Street Trading Consent must be submitted to the Licensing Team, and the procedure to follow (including a list of documents that you must submit with your application) are detailed with the Application Pack.

What does the Council consider when assessing Street Trading Consent Applications?

The following criteria will be considered in deciding whether a Street Trading Consent will be granted:

  • Public Safety: Whether any Trading activity represents, or is likely to represent, a risk to the public from the point of view of obstruction, fire hazard, unhygienic conditions, or danger that may occur when a Trader is accessing the site.
  • Public Order: Whether the Trading activity represents, or is likely to represent, a risk to public order.
  • Preventing Nuisance or Annoyance: Whether the Trading activity represents, or is likely to represent, a risk of nuisance or annoyance to the public from noise, odour, fumes, litter, or the discharge of fluids, particularly in areas of residential properties.
  • Written Representations from Local Residents: Residents will be alerted to Street Trading Consent applications for locations not already adopted by the Council by way of a yellow A4 notice erected at the proposed Street Trading location.
  • Planning Permission: A Street Trading Consent will only be issued where planning permission has been granted, or where there is written evidence that planning permission is not required.
  • Suitability of Proposed Trading Location: Applications for a Street Trading Consent may likely be refused for locations that are:
  • In close proximity to a place of worship;
  • In close proximity to a place of education;
  • In close proximity to a place of healthcare;
  • In close proximity to a place of cultural or historical local / national significance;
  • In close proximity to primarily residential properties;
  • In close proximity to a business offering the same goods / services;
  • Likely to undermine the safety and / or convenience of the general public and / or road users.
  • Appearance of the Stall / Vehicle / Unit: Any stall or vehicle from which trading is permitted must be maintained and presented to the same standard as originally manufactured. Internal and external finishes must be free from defects or damage. Any stall or vehicle must meet with the criteria, including size, laid down in the standard conditions attached to the grant of any Street Trading Consent.
  • Food Traders: Applicants for stalls or vehicles selling food, must provide proof of registration and inspection with their local Food Authority/ Environmental Health Department. This is to be evidence by way of the most recent Food Hygiene Rating Scheme Score that has been issued to them, as all businesses must be registered with the Food Safety Team (Environmental Health) in the district within which the stall or vehicle is kept overnight, and if such a district is not Ashfield District Council, the business is still required to notify the Ashfield District Council Food Safety Team that it is trading at a location within our area.

     

    All staff involved in the preparation of food shall hold a current Level 2 food safety certificate, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Royal Society of Health, or the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene.

    To register as a food business with Ashfield District Council, please download the necessary form here.

Consultation with Stakeholders & the Public

Applications for a Street Trading Consent at a location not already adopted by the Council will be subject to a 28-day consultation period.

The applicant must place a weatherproof Yellow A4 Notice (for the entire duration of the 28 day consultation period) in a prominent position at the proposed trading location in order that those living or working in close proximity to the proposed site are aware of the application and can make any relevant comment to the Council regarding the application.

The details of your application will be provided to the following “Stakeholders” seeking their comments as to your application:

  • Nottinghamshire Police
  • Nottinghamshire Police Licensing Unit
  • Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue
  • Nottinghamshire County Council Highways
  • Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards
  • Planning
  • Environmental Health
  • Health & Safety
  • Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Services
  • Economic Development
  • Place & Communities
  • Markets
  • Car Parks

If there are no objections then the Street Trading Consent will be granted. Should any relevant objections be received from the public or any of the “stakeholders”, the application will need to be determined at a Hearing held by the Director: Place & Communities. Further information about these Hearings can be found within the Street Trading Policy, and within the Street Trading Application Pack.

Grant of Street Trading Consents

If your application is granted, you will be issued with the Street Trading Consent, and attached to the Street Trading Consent will be the standard conditions (and any additional conditions if the application was determined at a Hearing) imposed by the Council, which must be adhered to at all times. You can see the standard conditions applicable to all Street Trading Consents within the Street Trading Application Pack and the Street Trading Policy.

Any Street Trading Consent granted, will be issued for a maximum period of 12 months, or a minimum period of 6 months (if requested by the applicant). The laminated Street Trading Consent must be displayed in a prominent position within the stall / unit / vehicle at all times when trading takes place. 

Sales of Hot Food & Hot Beverages after 11:00 P.M. and before 05:00 A.M.

Street Traders who serve hot food or hot beverages at any time between 23:00 hours and 05:00 hours will also require a Premises Licence granted by the Licensing Authority in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003.

Please contact the Licensing Team to discuss any potential Premises Licence application in advance of you submitting such an application, in order that the Team can assess your requirements and advise you accordingly.

Renewal of a Street Trading Consent

An application to renew an existing Street Trading Consent must be submitted to the Licensing Authority prior to the current Consent expiring, and all necessary documents to satisfy the Councils criteria must be submitted every time a renewal application is made. The application form and guidance can be found within the Street Trading Application Pack.

How to Contact the Licensing Team

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