Street trading consent


If you trade in the street you may require a street trading consent. As consent sites in Selby district are limited, please telephone 01757 705101 and ask for licensing or click here to email licensing for guidance as places might be taken. Please click here for our current consent streets in the district.

How do I apply for a street trading consent?

Click here to download the application for street trading

Applications should be submitted to: or made in writing to Selby District Council, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, YO8 9FT. You are also able to submit the application and additional documents to Access Selby, Market Cross, Selby.

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

You are also required to provide the following documentation with your application:

  • two photographs of yourself and any other person you name in the application who will work on the unit
  • a basic DBS dated within the last 30 days
  • valid certificate of insurance (vehicle and public liability minimum of £2,000,000 or such a sum specified by the Council 
  • copy of any consent required if the unit is on private land
  • current passport
  • copy of current driving licence
  • one proof of identity showing your name and address (recent utility bill, bank statement etc.)
  • right to work documentation if applicable
  • Photos of the trading unit
  • any further information you wish to submit to support your application

 When you apply for a street trading consent, we consult with the following agencies for a period of 14 days:

  • Highways Agency
  • North Yorkshire County Council Highways Department
  • North Yorkshire Police
  • District Councillors
  • Parish Clerks

What is the eligibility criteria for a consent?

You must be over 17 years of age to hold a consent. Consents will be refused if any of the following grounds exist:

  • There isn't enough space in the street you wish to trade in, without causing interference or inconvenience to street users.
  • You wish to trade for less days than any minimum required trading days.
  • You are unsuitable to hold a consent due to any previous convictions or for other reasons.
  • You have previously failed to pay fees due under another street trading consent or have failed to use a previous street trading consent.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation of this licence

What is the application evaluation process

Under certain circumstances, if grounds for refusal exist the council may still award a consent but for fewer days than you require, or to allow trade in certain items. The council will either grant the application or contact you to discuss your application within a reasonable time.

You will be notified 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 consent or revoke a consent. 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.

A street trading consent may be revoked at any time.


For non-food concerns, you must pay a fee of £778.90 per year to obtain street trading consent. An occasional street trading consent costs £26.60.

For food concerns, you must pay a fee of £1,550.60 per year to obtain a street trading consent. An occasional street trading consent costs £65.40 per day.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that Selby District Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 14 days, please contact us.

Can I appeal a failed application

There is no appeal procedure against the revocation or refusal of any consents. You may apply for judicial review of our decision.

Illegal street trading

People selling goods on the streets without a licence, create obstructions for pedestrians and are also unfair competition to legitimate traders and businesses.

This illegal activity can range from sellers of counterfeit DVDs to roasted peanuts. Unlicensed traders almost always sell illegal goods of dubious quality. If you buy from them, you will not be able to get your money back. If they are selling food, there is no way of telling if it is safe to eat.

If you suspect someone may be trading without a licence, please contact licensing by clicking here