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Street Trading

This page contains information about Oadby and Wigston Borough Council's policy on Street Trading including the application process.

Street trading consultation

The Council are currently consulting on its street trading policy. The consultation and the online questionnaire can be found here.

Street trading policy

The Council has passed a resolution agreeing a policy for regulating street trading within the borough which came into effect on 5th March 2009.

Why is a street trading policy required

Controlling street trading within the borough benefits the Council, the public and traders. By knowing who is trading within the borough, enforcement services, such as Environmental Health, can ensure that legislative standards are being met. The public may have increased confidence that any rogue traders will be dealt with and traders, both permanent and mobile, will be operating from a level playing field.

Street trading policy and application form

To view and download a copy of the Street Trading Policy or a Street Trading Consent application form, please use the links below:-

Application criteria

Anyone wishing to apply for the grant of or to re-new, a Street Trading Consent should make themselves aware of the application process and the required documentation and fee which are to accompany the application.

Information about the application process, accompanying documentation and application fees can be found within the policy document. The Street Trading Policy can be viewed or downloaded by using the appropriate link above.

Fees

The fees charged by the Council for consents to trade should cover the cost of administering and enforcing the service.

The fees will be reviewed annually.

Should the consent holder wish to vary the consent at any time during the life of the consent an administration fee will be charged. This includes transfer of consent.

Where a trading consent is surrendered during the life of the consent the authority will refund the fee paid on a pro rata basis as determined appropriate.

The current fee is £334.00 per annum.

It is possible for the Council to charge different fees for consents that are for different durations or locations such as a pro rata rate for occasional consents or concessionary consents in certain circumstances.

Application address and contact details

A Street Trading Consent Application should be returned, together with the correct documentation and application fee, to the address shown on the contacts panel on the right.

Online application

Licence summary

If you trade in the street you may require a street trading licence.

Applications should be made in writing (including by electronic means) to your local district council, or the district council for the area you wish to trade.

You must provide specific information, including details of the street you wish to trade on and the days and times you wish to trade.

You may also be required to provide two photographs of yourself.

You must comply with any conditions attached to a licence.

Eligibility criteria

You must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence.

Licences will be refused if any of the following grounds exist:-

  • there is not enough space in the street you wish to trade in, without causing interference or inconvenience to street users,
  • you wish to trade for less days than any minimum required trading days,
  • you are unsuitable to hold a licence do to any previous convictions or for other reasons,
  • you have previously failed to pay fees due under another street trading licence or have failed to use a previous street trading licence.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence [External]|.

Application evaluation process

Under certain circumstances if certain grounds for refusal exist the council may still award a licence but for fewer days than required, or to allow trade in certain items.

The council will either grant the application or serve a notice on you within a reasonable time.

The notice will be served if the council intend to refuse the application, grant it on different terms than those applied for, confine trading to a particular place in a street, vary conditions of a licence or revoke a licence.

The notice will detail the grounds for their decision and state that within seven days of the notice you can request in writing the opportunity to make representations.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply online

Apply to become a street trader [External]|.

Failed application redress

Please contact your local authority in the first instance.

If you wish to appeal a decision of the council you may appeal to the local magistrates' court within 21 days of the date you were notified of the decision.

You may appeal the decision of a magistrates' court to the local crown court.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your local authority in the first instance.

If you wish to appeal a decision of the council you may appeal to the local magistrates' court within 21 days of the date you were notified of the decision.

You may appeal the decision of a magistrates' court to the local crown court.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the United Kingdom (UK), Consumer Direct [External]| will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre [External]|.

Other redress

For example about noise, pollution and so on. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade associations

None.

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