Street Trading Consents

If you trade in the street within East Herts, you may require a street trading consent. Applications can be made in writing or via our e-form.

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:

  • 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 licence do to any previous convictions or for other reasons
  • you have previously failed to pay fees due under another street trading licence or have failed to use a previous street trading licence

Application Evaluation Process

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

East Herts Council will either grant the application or serve a notice on you within a reasonable time.

The notice will be served if we (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.

Tacit Consent

Tacit consent does apply. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from East Herts Council by the end of the target completion period.

Apply Online

You can apply for a Street Trading Licence online.

You can find out the latest charges on the Environmental Health Fees & Charges page

Appeal a Decision

Please contact East Herts 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.


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, Gov UK - Consumer Rights will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.