Street Trading

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Street Trading

Street Trading is defined as the selling or exposing or offering for sale of any article (including a living thing) in a street.

Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 defines a street as any road, footway, beach or other area to which the public have access without payment. The controls make designated streets Consent or Prohibited Streets. A Consent Street means a street in which street trading is prohibited without the consent of Rother District Council. A Prohibited Street means a street in which street trading is prohibited.

There are controls on Street Trading in Rother.  If you want to sell, expose or offer for sale any article in a street marked in green then you must have a street trading licence/consent. There are a number of streets in Rother where street trading is prohibited, please see the documents below for details of Consent and Prohibited Streets in Rother.

Street Trading application and enforcement is managed by the Licensing Officers within the Environmental Health team.

Please note that officers only have delegated authority to issue consents if the street trading meets specific criteria; other applications will need to be referred to Committee for a decision.

Street trading fees

Street Trading Bexhill Consent Street Fees as of 01/04/2015

Street Trading during an organised eventCommercial event? (as defined below)Referred to Committee for decisionFee for a Consent per stall/pitch per day
NoN/AYesSet by Committee
YesNo, charitable/non-profit eventNo, delegated to Officers£10
YesYesNo, delegated to Officers£25

An event is classed as commercial if the event organisers are a profit making organisation, the event is planned to generate an income that is for benefit of the organiser or another commercial organisation.

An event is classed as charitable/non profit if the event organisers are a registered charity, are substantially supporting a registered charity or a charity that benefits people locally. The event may generate an income however all profits are to be used for community projects or for charitable purposes. Event organisers must be able to supply event accounts and the registered Charity Number (if applicable)

A fee may be payable for a consent per stall/pitch per day in other consent streets that do not meet the specific criteria.

The fee for Street Trading for one year for Bexhill Farmers Market, Devonshire Square is £250.

For new applications only, applicants may pay 5% less when making an application. If you do, you would then be invoiced for this amount plus £20 for the additional administration cost, when the licence has been issued.

Temporary Road Closures

To apply for a Temporary Road Closure Order please download the form our Temporary Road Closures page. There is a cost payable, at least 12 weeks in advance and evidence of public liability insurance will also be needed.

Pedlars Certificate

You may need a pedlar's certificate if you sell door to door or in the street without a stall or fixed location.

To be a pedlar you must:

  • Trade on foot
  • Carry your goods with you
  • Keep walking and on the move, pausing to make sales

Certificates are issued by the police in the area in which you have resided for the previous month. You must be above 17 years of age, a person of good character, and in good faith intend to trade as a pedlar.

A fee of will be charged and the certificate will remain in force for one year.

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