Street Trading Consent

Since March 2013, we consider all streets in our area as 'consent streets' in relation to street trading controls. A consent street is a place where street trading can only take place if our consent has first been obtained. Street trading designation of consent streets legislation can be viewed on schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.


Street trading is defined as the selling, exposing or offering the sale of any article, including a living thing, in a street. For the purposes of this requirement, the term 'street' means any:

  • road
  • footway
  • beach
  • other area to which the public have access without payment.

Details about street trading in our district, how we handle applications for consent and enforcement can be found in our Icon for pdf street trading policy [58.42KB].

Apply for street trading consent

Anyone who wishes to operate as a street trader in South Holland will be required to hold a valid Street Trading Consent. Also, if a vehicle or stand is to be kept in a location overnight, you will need to contact our Planning department to get approval.

It is an offence to operate as a street trader without prior approval.

  • You will need to complete a Icon for pdf street trader application form [146.24KB] 
  • Completed applications should be returned by post to:
    • Licensing Team
      South Holland District Council
      Council Offices
      Priory Road
      Spalding
      PE11 2XE
  • New applications should also enclose the annual fee of £510 and copies of appropriate supporting documents, as noted within the application form
  • Renewal applications for consent will need to enclose the fee of £484
  • Seasonal sellers can apply for a monthly licence and the fee for this is £98 (per month, non refundable).

Apply for ice cream street trading consent

  • For ice cream vans, please complete an Icon for pdf ice cream street trader application form [149.12KB]
  • Enclose the fee of £433 (or, for one-off events, the fee is £67)
  • Completed applications should be returned by post to:
    • Licensing Team
      South Holland District Council
      Council Offices
      Priory Road
      Spalding
      PE11 2XE

Trading at fundraising events

Street collection provisions may apply where a charity intends to undertake fundraising activities that involve the sale of goods. In this case, a combined street collection permit would be applicable. No fee is payable and details on how to apply can be found on our charity collections web page. 

Please note that anyone intending to sell food may also need to register with us where the vehicle, trailer or stall is usually parked overnight. Further details on registration can be found on our food business web page.

If you require further information please get in touch using our licensing general enquiry contact form.