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Street Trading

by Alison Skipper - 11:32 on 07 March 2013

Street Trading Consent
Street Trading - Designation of Consent Streets Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982
Changes to Street Trading in Breckland in 2013

Breckland Council has decided to amend existing street trading controls by designating all streets in its area as 'Consent Streets’ from 1 March 2013.

A Consent Street is a street in which street trading can only take place if the consent of the local authority has first been obtained.

Street Trading is defined as the selling or exposing or offering for sale of any article (including a living thing) in a street. For the purposes of this requirement the term ‘street’ means any road, footway, beach or other area to which the public have access without payment.

This will mean that from 1 March 2013 anyone who wishes to operate as a street trader in Breckland will be required to hold a valid Street Trading Consent. It will be an offence to operate as a street trader without this prior approval.

Details of the proposed scheme and those activities affected can be found here.
You will need to complete an application form to apply. Completed applications should be returned by post to the Licensing Team, together with the annual fee of £408 and copies of appropriate supporting documents (details on the application form).
Where a charity intends to undertake fund raising activities that involve the sale of goods from a stall located in any road, footway, or other area to which the public have access without payment then Street Trading provisions may apply. In this case a combined Street Collection permit would be applicable. No fee is payable and details on how to apply can be found here.

To help the villagers of Caston I asked Breckland Council the following question: -
“Does “Street Trading” include people who have small stalls in their garden – fruit, veg, plants etc. If not, what are the rules for these stalls?”

This is their reply: -
“Our position on sales from domestic premises is that so long as any stall is obviously not on the public pavement or street then they will be exempt from the new provisions. 
The intention of the new scheme is to regulate those traders that appear in lay bys, or in public car parks or similar.  We see the selling of a few eggs or vegetables from their garden or drive as being incidental to domestic life and taking place on private property.”

Please be aware of this new ruling. If you wish to sell anything, please keep your items on your property to comply with this new rule or apply for a licence by contacting Breckland Council.

Alison Skipper

Clerk 04.03.13

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