You can apply for a Temporary Street Trading Licence that is valid for one day. If you need longer you can apply for a Street Trading Licence that is valid for a year and renewed annually.
Street Trading Licence
Street trading requires a Brent licensing officer's consent before application can be made. Please do not apply unless you have this. You will be sent the application form after that consent has been given.
Only persons licensed by Brent Council may trade from the street.
A street includes any road, footway or other area that is within seven metres of a road or footway and is not enclosed and to which the public have access without payment.
Street trading means the selling, exposing for sale or offering for sale of any article (including a living thing) or the supplying or offering to supply any service in a street for gain or reward.
Where a person wishes to trade from a place that is not a designated site Licensing Inspectors will consider designating that place as a licensed site.
Any person displaying goods outside their shop needs to have a street trading licence unless they own the forecourt to the shop. This also applies to the licensing of pavement cafes.
In special circumstances a temporary licence may be issued for places that are not licence sites.
Licences are renewed on 1st. April each year, and application for renewal must be made in the January of the year that the licence is to be renewed.
Street trading within the London Borough of Brent is controlled by Part III of the London Local Authorities Act 1990 and the amendments to that Act.
|Street trading licence type||Fee||Renewal fee|
|Temporary licence||£177 per stall/table/hawker per day||-|
|Daily fee||£3 per sq. metre||-|
|Monthly fee (For display only outside licensed shops)||£91||-|
|Administration fee per monthly invoice (for non-standing orders)||£5||-|
|Non-payment charge (for an invoice overdue by more than 28 days)||£10||-|
Application evaluation process
Application for a licence must be made to Brent Councils Regulatory Services Department with the application fee.
Two colour passport-sized photographs taken within the last six months, a proof of current address and a copy of your public liability insurance must also be submitted. Only one photograph in jpeg format is required for online applications.
Plans and attached documents submitted by the applicant should be clear and legible in all material respects, capable of being read, reproduced in written form and used for subsequent reference by our inspectors and responsible authorities. Where this is not the case the applicant / agent will be contacted to resubmit the plans.
In addition to the application fee there is a daily charge for each day that the licence allows you to trade. This charge is based on the area you occupy and is payable monthly, one month in advance.
Each street trading licence issued by Brent Council is subject to standard licence conditions. Amongst other matters these conditions relate to matters such as:-
a) the name of the person who may trade;
b) the goods that may be sold;
c) the exact site where trading may take place;
d) the days and times when trading can take place;
e) displaying the licence holders name and licence number;
f) employment of school children;
g) heating and lighting arrangements;
h) disposal of rubbish.
A copy of the standard conditions relating to street trading is available on request.
In addition to the standard conditions special conditions may also apply to an individual licence.
The Act requires licence holders to personally avail themselves fully of their licence and therefore traders will be expected to be present at their stall for two thirds of each working day unless they have written permission from the Council for other arrangements.
Offences and fines
Any person guilty of contravening a licence condition shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding £1,000.
Any person guilty of making a false statement when applying for a licence shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding £1,000.
Any person who obstructs an authorised Licensing Inspector shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding £1,000.
Any trader who fails to produce his licence on demand shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding £1,000.
Any person guilty of street trading without a licence shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding £1,000.
Where an authorised Licensing Inspector or Police Constable has reasonable grounds for suspecting that a person has street traded without a licence, the articles or things being offered or exposed for sale may be seized (providing they are not of a perishable nature) and produced as evidence in any proceedings.
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.
Street trading applications will be processed on receipt of all valid documentation and fees. If you receive no further contact from us within the stated timescale in the application acknowledgement then tacit authorisation applies.
Where matters arise with regards to the application giving need for an extension of the processing period the applicant / agent will be notified.
Failed application redress
The council will serve a notice of its intention to refuse an application for a licence. Notice to make a representation must be made from the applicant in writing to the council within 7 days of the date of the notice.
After determination, if the applicant is still aggrieved he may appeal to the local Magistrates Court within 21 days of the determination.
Licence holder redress
A licence holder may apply to alter a condition attached to a licence.
The council will serve a notice of its intention to refuse an application, for alteration of a licence, to grant an application subject to conditions, to vary conditions without an application or to revoke a licence.
Representations can be made in writing to the council within 21 days of the date of the notice.
Complaints about Street Traders
If you believe a street trader is operating without a licence or if you have a complaint that a licensed trader is causing a nuisance or not complying with any of the licence conditions listed above, you can let us know by contacting us using the details provided at the top of this page.
Temporary Street Trading Licence
Any stalls, units, vehicles or people selling, offering or exposing for sell including giving anyway items/products or the supplying or offering to supply any service on a “street” must have a street trading licence. This includes stalls advertising and promoting products and/or services.
Temporary street trading licence allows traders to be authorised to do any of the above.
A temporary street trading licence is valid for one day.
£177 per stall/table/unit/hawker.
Applications should be submitted to Brent Council 14 days in advance of the date you wish to trade.
Applications received after this date may not be processed.
All applications must include:
- A map of the location where they wish to trade
- Size of trading unit
- If trading from a vehicle the registration number
- Written copy of land owners permission (if on private land)
- Traders public liability insurance
- Food businesses must show proof that they are registered as a food business
If a licence is granted, the licence must be displayed/available on the trading day and maybe requested by Enforcement Officers of Brent Council.
Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pleased note a temporary street trading licence does not give you permission to contravene other legislation, including parking, Food Safety Act 1990 etc.
Ice cream van information
People who own ice cream vans may trade as ‘itinerant traders’ going from place to place remaining in any one location in course of trading for periods of 15 minutes or less and not returning to that location or any location in the same street on the same day.
This means you can travel down the streets of the Borough, briefly sound your chimes and await people coming out of nearby properties to make a purchase. Once a queue of customers have been served you shall move further along the road or the next street to repeat the procedure.
However, there are some roads in which trading are not permitted. In accordance with Section 37 (2) of the London Local Authorities Act 1990 Brent Council prohibits iterant ice cream trading in the following streets or parts of the streets within the London Borough of Brent:-
(a) Bridge Road
(b) Wembley Hill Road
(c) Wembley Park Drive
(d) Empire Way
(e) South Way
(f) Royal Route
(g) Stadium Way
(h) Engineers Way
(i) Olympic Way,
(j) Fulton Road,
(k) Brook Avenue,
(l) Lakeside Way,
(m) Great Central Way,
(n) First Way,
(o) Second Way,
(p) High Road,
(q) Ealing Road.
(r) Kilburn High Road
Willesden / Harlesden
(s) High Road Willesden
(t) High Street Harlesden.
This includes any side streets (within 50 metres) that are adjacent to any of the streets listed above (a-t). Within any street you are not allowed to trade within 100 metres of any exit used by children from following premises:-
I. Primary schools
II. Under 5’s centres
III. Day nurseries
IV. Secondary schools
V. Special schools
Traders convicted of unlicensed street trading face a daily fine up to £1,000. If you are seen trading after being convicted Police and Council Officials can seize the vehicle and articles
Contact us about licensing
Brent Council Regulatory Services
Brent Civic Centre
Cheques should be made payable to London Borough of Brent.