A Street Trading Permit needs to be applied for in order to sell or expose goods / services for sale in public access areas. This includes areas which the public can access without payment. Details of areas prohibited or restricted can be found in our schedule below.

If you intend to sell food, you will need to register your food business. Planning consent may also be required in some situations, for example mobile food premises.

These restrictions will not affect trading from shops or the use of shop fronts on the highways. This is not classified as Street Trading, providing it is the same business, but you will need to apply for a highway projections licence.

Trading in Town Centres

If you want to trade in Torquay or Paignton Town Centre consent must be obtained from our colleagues in Community and Customer Services on 01803 208861, prior to applying for a street trading licence.

Applications

We can issue a variety of Consents, covering different trading periods from 1 day to 1 year.

Trading at a charitable fair may require Consent to cover the entire site and, provided that all the trading is for the benefit of the charity, no charge will be made. If commercial traders are involved, each will, on application, be charged an appropriate fee.

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Fees
Type of registration Fee
Annual licence £810
Seasonal licence £651
3 month licence £369
1 month licence £158
Daily licence £110
Replacement or amendment £28

Events

The following fees are applicable if an event is supported by us. Charitable street trading events supported by us are free (with agreement from us).

Fees for events supported by us
Traders/Days * 1 to 3 days 4 to 6 days 7 to 9 days 10 to 12 days 13 to 15 days 16 to 18 days
Small 0 to 15 £249 £362 £475 £589 £702 £815
Medium 16 to 30 £601 £883 £1166 £1450 £1734 £2016
High 31+ £963 £1416 £1869 £2322 £2775 £3229

* Days + Total no. of days per application, irrespective of breaks between events or if at different locations in Torbay.

It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. You cannot provide, operate or undertake the licensable activity without a Consent. Though there is a legal obligation to issue the Consent, due to restrictions on where the Consent can be used, an officer will normally wish to speak to the applicant before issuing that Consent.

If you have not had a response to your application within 10 working days, please contact us.

If the event is Charitable and all of the profit from these stalls or units will be donated to the Charity then a Charitable Street Trading Consent can be applied for. Please apply at least 21 days prior to the event taking place. There will be no charge for these Consents.

If the event is Charitable and all of the profits go to the Charity, but you have invited itinerant traders to come to the event to provide food and refreshments to persons attending the event they will need their own Street Trading Consent.

The regulations applicable to all consents in Torbay are:

  • The Consent authorises the Holder to trade only in the goods described, between the times and in that Part of the Street Trading Schedule as so endorsed and, if necessary, so restricted, until the date of expiry unless previously surrendered or revoked.
  • No person other than the Holder shall be entitled to trade with the Consent unless and until that person's name shall first have been notified in writing to the Council and such particulars endorsed hereon.
  • The Consent does not relieve the holder, or any employee, of any obligation to comply with all other general and local legislation and, in particular, the Road Traffic Acts and any Orders or Regulations made there under, Food and Drugs Act, 1955 and any Orders or Regulations made there under, Town and Country Planning Acts, Control of Pollution Act 1974, Litter Acts and Local Byelaws. It shall be the obligation of the Holder to familiarise himself and his employees with such legislation and the Consent may be revoked upon breach of any such legislation in addition to any penalty which may be incurred there under.
  • The Consent does not relieve the holder, or any employee, of any obligation to comply with all other general and local legislation and, in particular, the Road Traffic Acts and any Orders or Regulations made there under, Food and Drugs Act, 1955 and any Orders or Regulations made there under, Town and Country Planning Acts, Control of Pollution Act 1974, Litter Acts and Local Byelaws. It shall be the obligation of the Holder to familiarise himself and his employees with such legislation and the Consent may be revoked upon breach of any such legislation in addition to any penalty which may be incurred there under.
  • The Consent shall be clearly displayed at the point of sale and produced for inspection at the request of an Authorised Officer of the Council or a Police Officer in uniform.
  • No vehicle, vessel or receptacle shall be used in the course of trading unless the details shall first have been submitted in writing to the Council and been specifically approved for use. The appropriate vehicle, vessel or receptacle must, before being approved for use on any grant or renewal of the Consent, be submitted for inspection by the Council's Environmental Health Department and shall not be used unless and until that Department shall has confirmed it's suitability.
  • No trading whatsoever may take place upon any ornamental or cultivated areas (except grassed areas) and no vehicle or wheeled appliance of whatever description may be taken onto such areas, including grassed areas.
  • Any person trading with the authority of Consent shall move on when reasonably requested by an Authorised Officer of the Council or a Police Officer in uniform.
Street Trading Schedule
List of areas covered by the different designations, i.e. which streets, beaches and parks are covered by what designation.

There are a number of exceptions to these requirements. These include:

  • Newspaper vendors without large stalls,
  • Trading by bona fide pedlars acting under a Certificate granted by the Police. Please note that the possession of a certificate in itself will not invalidate the Street Collection Regulations
  • Trading in a properly constituted market/car boot sale