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Apply for street or market trading

What is this licence for?

Street Trading

We operate a street trading consent scheme for food businesses that operate within the borough of St Helens, which is a food business not operating from a building, usually a food or ice cream van on or near the public highway where the general public have access, this may include car parks.

You will need to register your business using this link Food Registration  and complete the application form at the bottom of this page.

Once your food registration and completed application form has been received an Environmental Health Officer will contact you to discuss the street trading consent in more detail.

If you require advice about street trading consent before you apply please email Environmental Health for more information. 

Street trading is not allowed in certain parts of St Helens; these are generally the town centre and areas alongside major roadways where trading could affect highway safety.

 

Food Vans for Events and Festivals

If you have a mobile food business that you are only using for events and festivals anywhere in the country you do not need a street trading consent, you will need to register your food business in the normal way Food Registration and once we receive your registration an Environmental Health Officer will contact you to arrange an inspection of your business.

Are there any restrictions?

Street trading is not allowed in certain parts of St Helens; these are generally the town centre and areas alongside major roadways where trading could affect highway safety.

How to apply

To apply you need to provide:

  • proof of ID
  • proof of address
  • a photograph of the location of site
  • a copy of your public liability insurance certificate
  • written permission from the landowner if trading on private land
  • where appropriate a trade waste agreement
  • new applicants must have applied for and attach a statutory declaration certificate

You can download the application form and the terms and conditions for a street trading consent below.

How much will it cost?

The cost of street trading consent is £755. This includes a consent plate and two trading badges; additional badges are available for a £41.50 administration charge.

How long will it take to process?

If your application is successful we will contact you to ask you to pay the licence fee.

Most applications are determined within six weeks. However, it may take up to two months to process a new application while we consult with other bodies and give them 14 days to make representations. 

When will I need to re-apply?

Consents are valid for 12 months from the date of issue so will need to be renewed annually.