Street trading consent

We will not accept new applications for street trading consents until 2022. Currently our street trading policy is under review.

We will update the website once we are able to accept applications.

You may need a street trading consent if you want to sell items on a street or in a public place.

You do not need street trading consent if you are:

  • selling items on foot and always on the move, for example as a pedlar under a licence issued by the police
  • a market trader running as part of a licensed market venue
  • a news vendor selling only newspapers and periodicals

Anyone over 17 can apply for street trading consent.

We will not grant a consent if:

  • the proposed pitch is likely to obstruct or be a danger to road users and/or pedestrians
  • the proposed pitch conflicts with any traffic orders, such as waiting restrictions
  • noise and/or odour from the activity are likely to be a nuisance to nearby residents or businesses
  • your proposal is likely to have a significant and detrimental impact on an existing business in the area which already sells similar items

Any consent issued will have the following conditions:

  • you are confined to trading specified items
  • it must display the name of the trader
  • you must always carry the consent
  • no trading close to road junctions, bus stops, pedestrian crossings
  • maximum size of any stall or container
  • removal of litter periodically
  • minimum liability insurance of £2 million
  • requirement not to obstruct footpaths or access to buildings

In addition to the general conditions some Street trading consents are subject to specific conditions, these are rules that you must follow. If you do not follow these rules, we can revoke the licence.

Conditions for street trading consent – arts and craft stalls and markets

These conditions apply to arts and craft stalls operating in our district which we have licensed. These conditions are not exhaustive and we may alter them at any time without notification.

Core Criteria

1. Primary producer
The primary product must be the producers own work. The producer must design and make all elements of the product. Bought-in or imports must not be sold.

a)  An artist who paints original pieces of art.

b) A jeweller who cuts, solders, polishes materials to form an item of jewellery.

c) Textile designers who create original patterns and make original items.

2. Designers and creative persons
The primary produce is an assembly of bought-in components.
Example

a) Jewellery created from threaded beads and jewellery findings.

b) Painting onto objects such as glasses or vases.

c) Making items to other peoples’ designs.

3. Unique goods retailer
The primary produce is one which demonstrates uniqueness to the market offer, for example:

a)  Bought-in goods that demonstrate a unique, high level of design that make them an unusual specialised item.

b)  Selling food products (not produced by the trader) that constitute a unique gift.

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Conditions for street trading consents relating to farmers stalls and markets

These conditions apply to arts and craft stalls operating in our district which we have licensed. These conditions are not exhaustive and we may alter them at any time without notification.

Core Criteria

1. Locally produced
We have agreed that a 40-mile radius from the consented street shall be the defined area. Producers from within the defined local area must get preference.

2. Principal producer
The stall operator should be someone involved in production not just in other aspects of the producers’ business. This means the stall operator has specialist knowledge and can advise consumers about the product.

3. Primary, own produce
All produce must be grown or reared on the producers’ land. For livestock and plants this means grow or finished (having spent at least 50% of its life) on the producers’ land. Preference should be given to the largest percentage of a products’ lifecycle spent on the producers’ land.

4. Secondary, own produce
Anyone processing produce or adding value is a secondary producer. For processed products, the base product must be substantially altered and they must contain as much local ingredient as possible, this means grown or reared within the defined area. Receipts should be kept as proof of origin.
Ingredients must be:

  • brewed
  • pickled
  • baked
  • smoked
  • processed by the stall holder using at least one ingredient grown or reared within the defined local area

5. Split stalls
Small scale producers, for example allotment associations, co-operatives or a fishmonger selling on behalf of a number of local fishermen, should be allowed to operate from a single stall provided the produce falls within criteria 1 to 4 above.

Policy and information

Information should be available to customers at each market or stall about the rules of the market on production methods of the goods on offer.

Each market or stall should operate in accordance with Trading Standards, environmental health, alcohol licensing, market charters and other relevant legislation.

Conditions which are considered appropriate by the licensing authority may be attached to the street trading consent.

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Applications will mainly be for street trading consent as we only have one area where you need a licence. (Licensed Street)

Our consents and licences are valid for a maximum period of 12 months.

Prohibited streets

We do not allow street trading at any time:

 

Town

Area / Street names

Bognor Regis

Aldwick Road (West Street to Silverston Avenue)

Charlwood Street

Nyewood Lane (within 100 yards of Aldwick Road)

Park Road

Victoria Drive

Bedford Street

Canada Grove

Chapel Street

High Street

John Street

Manor Place

Market Street

Norfolk Street

Sadler Street

Station Road

Steyne Street

The Steyne

Sussex Street

West Street

Littlehampton

Beach Road

East Street (between High Street and Avon Road)

South Terrace (between Beach Road and Norfolk Road

Terminus Road (between Terminus Place and Arundel Road

Ferring

Marine Drive

Sea Lane

 

Licensed streets

We do not allow trading unless you hold a licence we have issued. Usually issued for street markets.

 

Town

Area / Street names

Bognor Regis

The beach area bounded by the:

  • pier
  • low water mark
  • esplanade
  • line drawn directly south from Norfolk Street

 

Consent streets

You must hold consent issued by us. Usually issued to travelling traders.

 

Town

Street

Arundel

High Street

Maltravers Street

Mill Lane

Mill Road

Queen Street

River Road

Tarrant Street

Bognor Regis

The beach (except the part listed as a ‘licence street’)

The Arcade

Belmont Street

Clarence Road

Crescent Road

The Esplanade

Lennox Street

London Road (High Street to immediately south of library

Lyon Street (including Lyon Street West)

Place St Maur (market traders here will require a street trading consent)

The Promenade

Queensway

Richmond Road

Spencer Street (within 100 yards of Lyon Street West)

Sudley Road

Waterloo Square

York Road

Littlehampton

Arcade Road

The Arcade

Arun Parade

Banjo Road

Bayford Road (New Road to Arcade Road)

Clifton Road (New Road to Arcade Road)

Coastguard Road

Duke Street

High Street

New Road

Pier Road

The Promenade (to Sea Road including pier)

St Martins Lane

South Terrace (Pier Road to Beach Road)

Surrey Street

Windmill Road

The Green

Beach (River Arun to Sea Road)

Pagham

Cardinals Drive

The Causeway

Church Way

Kings Drive

Link Way

Pagham Road (Church Lane to Hook Lane)

Sea Lane

Beach Road

Permitted Streets

We allow trading (without a licence or consent) in any other street which is not listed in the other sections above.

Street trading consent

After you apply for a street trading consent we will ask for representations from:

  • West Sussex Highways 
  • Sussex Police
  • ward councillor(s) for the area in which you wish to trade
  • town or parish council
  • traders association/chamber of commerce
  • our regeneration team
  • any other person who we consider your trading may affect

The consultation period is 28 days and we will let you know when we will hear your application at the Sub-Licensing Committee which meets every 28 days.

We will expect you to attend the meeting to represent your application.

We will tell you of the decision after the meeting and we will confirm the decision in writing within 14 days of the meeting.

If we refuse your application then there is no statutory route of appeal.

Street trading licence

After you apply for a street trading licence we will ask for representations from:

  • West Sussex Highways 
  • Sussex Police
  • ward councillor(s) for the area in which you wish to trade
  • town or parish council
  • traders association/chamber of commerce
  • our regeneration team
  • any other person who we consider your trading may affect

The consultation period is 28 days and we will let you know when we will hear your application at the Sub-Licensing Committee which meets every 28 days.

We will expect you to attend the meeting to represent your application.

We will tell you of the decision after the meeting and we will confirm the decision in writing within 14 days of the meeting.

If we refuse your street trading licence then you can appeal within 21 days to a magistrate’s court.