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Street traders licence

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If you trade in the street you may require a street trading licence.

Applications should be made in writing (including by electronic means) to Cheshire West and Chester Council.

You must provide specific information, including details of the street you wish to trade on and the days and times you wish to trade.

You may also be required to provide two photographs of yourself.

You must comply with any conditions attached to a licence.

Eligibility criteria 

You must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence.

Licences will be refused if any of the following grounds exist:

Regulation summary 

Application evaluation process 

Under certain circumstances if certain grounds for refusal exist the council may still award a licence but for fewer days than require, or to allow trade in certain items.

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 intend 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 or revoke a licence.

The notice will detail the grounds for their 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

Target completion

You can expect to be contacted by the Licensing Team within 14 days of receipt of your application.  We would normally expect to let you know our decision on your application within 30 days of receipt.

Apply online 

Contact details

Licensing Team
Cheshire West and Chester Council
The Forum
Chester
CH1 2HS

Tel: 01244 977961, 977965 or 977962

Email: licensing2@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Failed application redress 

Please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council in the first instance.

If you wish to appeal a decision of the council you may appeal to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the date you were notified of the decision.

You may appeal the decision of a Magistrates' Court to the local Crown Court.

Licence holder redress 

Please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council in the first instance.

If you wish to appeal a decision of the council you may appeal to the local Magistrates' Court within 21 days of the date you were notified of the decision.

You may appeal the decision of a Magistrates' Court to the local Crown Court.

Consumer complaint 

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Consumer Service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Trade associations 

None

Additional information