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Under the Local
Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 anyone selling
or exposing or offering for sale any article (including a living
thing) in a street within Medway needs a street trading
A street for these purposes includes any road, footway, beach or
other area to which the public has access without payment,
including highway service areas.
Medway Council has designated two types of street:
- a prohibited
street, where no street trading is allowed;
- a consent street, where no street trading is allowed without
All streets in Medway that have not been designated as
prohibited streets are consent streets, although specific consent
is needed for trading in Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham High
People selling food must also register with the Food and Safety
Team, which will offer advice and inspect any vehicles or
equipment that they trade from. If they do not live within Medway
or store their vehicle there, they should register with their own
Please note that, should you wish to sell hot food and drink
after 11pm, you must also apply for a Premises Licence under the Licensing
Act 2003. You will be unable to trade after 11pm without the
People wishing to trade on the same piece of land for more than
28 days in the year, whether it is public or private land, will
also need to seek planning permission. People intending to trade
on private land with permission from the owner, for example at boot
fairs or markets, do not require a street trading consent. They
will still need to register with the Food and Safety Team if
selling food, however, and may possibly need planning
Street trading consents are issued for one year and give consent
to trade. They do not give consent to trade in a particular place
and should it be deemed that an obstruction is being caused, a
trader may be moved on by an officer of the council or a police
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 fewer days than any minimum required
- you are unsuitable to hold a licence due to any previous
convictions or for other reasons stipulated by the council;
- you have previously failed to pay fees due under another street
trading licence or have failed to use a previous street trading
Application evaluation process
Under certain circumstances, if certain grounds for refusal
exist, the council may still award a licence but for fewer days
than requested or to allow trade in certain items only.
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 intends 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,
- revoke a licence.
The notice will detail the grounds for its 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 council by
the end of the target completion period.
Apply to become a street trader.
Failed application and licence holder redress
Please contact the council in the first instance, using the
contact details below. If you wish to appeal a decision of the
council, you may appeal to a magistrates' court within 21 days of
the date you were notified of the decision. You may appeal the
decision of a magistrates' court to a Crown Court.
If you are a customer of a street trader, you should first
contact the trader, preferably in writing, with proof of purchase.
If that does not work and if you are located in the
Adviceguide will give you advice. From outside the UK,
contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
If there are problems such as noise or pollution or if one
licence holder complains about another, please use the contact
Since the introduction of the Medway Act on 21 May 2005, Peddlers'
Certificates are no longer valid in Medway. The only street trading
in Medway is by consent.
Advertising on a road
It is an offence to place an advertisement for your business on
a road, either attached to a post or as a freestanding "A" board.
Direction signing to certain types of business is now permitted.
Please contact us.
The fees for street trading from 1 April 2012
- Licence - £280
- Consent - £280
- Daily consent (for festivals) - £65.