When you need a street trading licence

You must have a street trading licence to sell items from a trailer, stall or any other receptacle in a street.

We only allow trading from designated sites and do not issue licences for mobile trading.

Additional requirements

If you want to sell food, you also need to register with the Royal Borough of Greenwich's environmental health department - email health@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or call 020 8921 8186

Woolwich is a smoke-free borough, so no barbecues are allowed.

If you want to place tables, chairs and other amenities (heaters and planters, for example) on the public highway, you also need a forecourt trading licence. Public highway refers to any public road or other public way on land, for example, a road, pavement or walkway.

When you don't need a street trading licence

You don't need a street trading licence if you're:

  • a market trader operating at any licensed market
  • a news vendor selling only newspapers and magazines - this is subject to certain conditions, call 020 8921 5703 for more information
  • an ice cream vendor - contact the environmental health department if you want to sell ice cream, email health@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or call 020 8921 8186.

You may not need a street trading licence if you're trading on private land seven metres from a public highway, but you will need permission from the landowner.

Please note - If you're a landowner and someone wants to trade on your private land, contact the Council's planning department as you may need planning permission - email planningapps@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

How to get a street trading licence

Please note - You need to email all enquiries to street-trading@royalgreenwich.gov.uk before submitting an application form.

Apply for a street trading licence

Send the completed form to the address on the form together with the supporting documents listed on the form.

Please note - You need to use a different application form for street trading on Beresford Square Market.

Street trading fees

Street trading fees per pitch - 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019
Pitch Fees per week Fees per day
Greenwich, Woolwich, Eltham town centre and Charlton Athletic Football Club areas £119.16 £23.88
Earlswood, Tyler and Columb Streets £69.24 £18.20
All other designated sites £70.19 £18.20

Licence conditions

You must have a licence for each trading assistant on the stall.

Apply for a street trading assistant licence

Please note - You need to use a different application for assistant street trading on Beresford Square Market.

Read more about street trading licence conditions in the Royal Borough of Greenwich's street trading policy.

What happens next

If your application is successful, you'll get a licence number and a card. You must display these clearly within your premises.

A temporary street trading licence lasts for six months and a permanent one for 12 months. You'll be sent a reminder when it's due for renewal.

Once you've got the licence

The council reserves the right to revoke street trading consent after the licence has been granted, if you don't comply with your licence conditions or the highways department requires access to the trading location, for example.

You'll get at least 10 days' notice in this case.